Script to delete files and folders older than X days RRS feed

  • Question

  • I wish to run a script daily that will delete folders and respective files in it which are older than X days (for my webcam recordings). I have the following script, though when run, files are not deleted.

    # Enter a number to indicate how many days old the identified file needs to be (must have a "-" in front of it).
    $HowOld = -1
    #Path to the root folder
    $Path = "E:\CAMMEDIA"
    #Deletion task
    get-childitem $Path -recurse | where {$_.lastwritetime -lt (get-date).adddays($HowOld) -and -not $_.psiscontainer} |% {remove-item $_.fullname -force -whatif}

    Powershell screenshot:

    I also created a Task Scheduler Task; the following is in the argument section:

    <pre>-ExecutionPolicy Bypass c:\scripts\myscript.ps1 -RunType $true -Path E:\CAMMEDIA</pre>


    Thursday, May 3, 2018 3:51 PM

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  • Have you tried it without the -whatif?

    Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:20 PM
  • I needed to replace whatif with verbose. Here's what I ended up with...

    #Days older than
    $HowOld = -1
    #Path to the root folder
    $Path = "E:\CAMMEDIA"
    #Deletion files task
    get-childitem $Path -recurse | where {$_.lastwritetime -lt (get-date).adddays($HowOld) -and -not $_.psiscontainer} |% {remove-item $_.fullname -force -verbose}
    #Deletion empty folders task
    do {
      $dirs = gci $Path -directory -recurse | Where { (gci $_.fullName -Force).count -eq 0 } | select -expandproperty FullName
      $dirs | Foreach-Object { Remove-Item $_ }
    } while ($dirs.count -gt 0)

    Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:30 PM