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Maximum number of folders within an NTFS directory?

Discussion in 'Site & Server Administration' started by briandunning, Oct 5, 2005.

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    Does anyone know if XP (formatted NTFS) imposes a maximum number of folders that can live inside a folder? Couldn't find that by STFW.
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    I ran a process that created 68,415 folders (each containing 5 tiny text files) inside a folder, and now I'm not able to get properties or open that enclosing folder. I can see all the contents via the command line, but not via XP.
     
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    Can you cd to it from the command prompt? I suspect whatever limitation you are hitting is probably a limitation of Windows (the GUI) itself, not the file system.
     
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    look at this article:


    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prkc_fil_tdrn.asp

    as far as i can tell, you're not limited to any particular number of objects/subfolders on NTFS, though FAT32 etc has object limitations.

    That article gives some suggestions for how to deal with your problem, though I personally haven't tried them out myself.

    EDIT: shawn is right - try the command prompt. i've had luck with it before as well, when trying to access particularly stubborn folders with lots of items in them.
     
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    Like I said, yes it's all there via the command prompt, just not via Windows. Thanks for the link, I'll check that out.
     
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    That's what I was just looking at too. :) It has a note about optimizing NTFS if you have a folder with more than 300,000 files in it, so I don't think whatever is going is a limitation of NTFS itself.
     
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