What is maximum folder size for MS Vista

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June 7, 2010 at 10:05:57
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What is maximum folder size for MS Vista

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#1
June 7, 2010 at 10:29:06
Vista - and any operating system for that matter - has nothing to do with it. It is the file system that sets the maximum files per volume (not folder). What file system are you running?

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#2
June 7, 2010 at 11:31:01
No Windows filesystem has a any theoretical limit on how may files may be in any one folder or how much disk space it may consume, other than the limits on the maximum size of a volume. When using FAT32 (not generally recommended for Vista) a very large number of files in one folder will degrade performance. This is not an issue with NTFS.

With NTFS it is entirely possible to have 100,000 or more files in one folder. Whether or not you can manage such a large folder, or avoid duplicate names, is another matter entirely.


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#3
June 7, 2010 at 13:24:36
Yes, every OS has a limit. It is on the MS technical site for each OS and version. The limits would be different for 32 bit and 64 bit and as above for the file system you have on the drive.

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#4
June 7, 2010 at 13:41:53
Jefro I believe you are confused about the question. It would appear you were thinking ram usage not file system.

File system is not OS dependent.
File system is not 32/64bit dependent

If fat32 you have x specs
If ntfs you have y specs.

Doesn't matter what OS accesses the file system it is the file system that sets the constraints not the OS.

Sand Man
The correct question to ask is what is the maximum volume size or what is the maximum file size.

A folder can grow to the size of the volume.
A file can grow to the size allowed under the file system
Example: almost 4gig file limit in Fat32. Ntfs file limit almost the size of the volume 2TB

http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm


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#5
June 7, 2010 at 13:42:58
Using FAT 32 system

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#6
June 7, 2010 at 14:45:33
Using FAT32 for Windows Vista? Oh man ...

Under FAT32 file system, the maximum number of files and subfolders within a single folder is 65,534. However the use of long file names can significantly reduce the number of available files and subfolders within a folder.

Source

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#7
June 7, 2010 at 16:40:42
Many thanks, sounds like FAT32 may not be the best file system to use with Vista. Size limit will not be an issue. However, what effect would folders of say 15 GB with files of say 2 GB do to business performance?

Is it difficult to change file systems?


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#8
June 8, 2010 at 06:49:23
xpuser fat32 has a file limit of 4,194,304. You quoted the fat16 limit.

Sand Man there is nothing wrong with fat32 if you don't need local disk security or you won't be working with files larger than 4gig.

File systems have nothing to do with "performance". Disk cache and rpm speed have more affect.

At a cmd prompt type convert /? on how to convert your system to ntfs.
Highly recommend you do the following;
make sure you are virus/malware free
run chkdsk /f on the volume
run disk cleanup and defrag the drive.
then do your convert.


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#9
June 8, 2010 at 08:09:45
Thank you

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#10
June 8, 2010 at 13:07:17
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

My comment was meant to address other OS's that actually have 64 bit filesystems.

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#11
June 8, 2010 at 13:33:08

And that pertains to a discussion about Fat32 vs NTFS how?

Did you see XFS or BeFS ever mentioned here?


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