File deletion is very slow in Sharepoint 2010. It takes approximately 5 mts. to delete a 56KB file. What could be the cause and how to fix this?

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    I would guess there are around 1,000 factors which could affect this. I don't know the answer, but you will surely need to give a massive amount more information to diagnose this. What/where is the server? The hardware? The client? How is the connection between the two? How big is the site collection/site? How many files? How many security principals? Etc.. etc.. Apr 17, 2013 at 11:03
  • do you have any event receiver attached to your list that trigger e.g. item deleting or deleted Apr 17, 2013 at 11:06
  • i think you have to check file versions.. if you are frequently updating file then each time create new version. so it may be slow, you can set maximum version limit. Apr 17, 2013 at 11:29
  • There is no event receiver attached to the list
    – Sunil
    Apr 17, 2013 at 11:31

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In my experience 99 of 100 performance issues you find the error on SQL Server, since SharePoint is a SQL Server intence product. Monitor the SQL Servers performance in terms of memory usage, processor usage, disk usage and network usage.

There is also a superb Wiki on the topic where you can start called SharePoint 2010: Tips for Dealing with Performance Issues where the three first is very general:

Further down the list you find more "hands-on advices":

I hope that gives you something to start with!

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