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    Win XP: Is there a command line to delete only certain filetypes?

    I have approx. 12,000 music files on my harddrive, and half of them are mp3's and half of them are wav's. I want to delete all of the wav's and none of the mp3's. All of my music is arranged in Music\Artist\Album\Songfiles format. Is there a command line to delete ONLY the wav's without having to go into each individual folder?

    For example, if I wanted to go in and unhide all my folder.jpg files in my music directory, I can browse to the root folder in DOS, and type the following:

    'attrib -s -h -r *.jpg /s'

    and it will go in through all of my folders and unhide everything with a ,jpg extension.

    Does a simple line like this for deleting only certain filetypes exist?

    Thanks

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    You know, I suppose one workaround is to do a search for .wav files in my music folder, and delete all the results. If worse comes to worst I'll do that. Still curious if there's a command line though.

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    I'm sure someone can come up with a better way to do this, but the way I would go about it, is with nested "for" statements

    e.g.:
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    for /d %i in (*) do for /d %j in (*) do dir "%i\%j\*.wav"
    This would be run from within the Music directory. %i would be Artist directory %j would be album directory. Replace the "dir" with "del" and I think this should work for you.

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    From the root folder (\MUSIC in your case, Nola):
    DEL /S *.WAV

    Simple as that.
    FYI - From a command line, you an type DEL /? to get all the command line options.
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    Thanks DP, I knew there had to be an easy one.

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    I was about to say use a wild card.

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    I have a similar request but more pain staking. I recently lost my collection in the car due to some weather. The last time I backed it up was in May, and it is a mess. Windows media pretty much corrupted it with several un needed jpegs. There is about 3 Jpegs (album art) per Album and my original one named FOLDER. Can I delete all Jpegs with the exception of the one named "Folder"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougw133 View Post
    I have a similar request but more pain staking. I recently lost my collection in the car due to some weather. The last time I backed it up was in May, and it is a mess. Windows media pretty much corrupted it with several un needed jpegs. There is about 3 Jpegs (album art) per Album and my original one named FOLDER. Can I delete all Jpegs with the exception of the one named "Folder"?
    follow the instructions above but use DEL /S *.JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech180 View Post
    follow the instructions above but use DEL /S *.JPG
    And say goodbye to his folder.jpg files?

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    How about this,

    del /s X.jpg
    del /s Y.jpg

    Replace X and Y with the file name you want to remove...
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