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Copying files to A- drive

By Painter444 ·
I have been trying to copy many small files (3 to 8 kilo bytes, with a total of 900 k.b. from C: to A: When it gets to a n arbitrary spot I get a message "The directory or file cannot be created". When it stops I can use another floppy and copy more. It takes three floppies to do 900 k.b. of data.
I have been able to copy these same files to another place on the hard drive.

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by softcorp.us In reply to Copying files to A- drive

Hello,

It appears you are running into the limit on the number of entries in the root directory of a FAT volume. Even though there is more file space available on your floppy, there is another limit on the count of files in the root directory. The limits are:

3.5" 720KB floppy.... : 112 entries max
3.5" 1.44MB floppy... : 224 entries max.
3.5" 2.88MB floppy... : 448 entries max.
FAT16 hard disk...... : 512 entries max.
FAT32 hard disk...... : Unlimited
NTFS hard disk....... : Unlimited

Solution
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1. Copy the files to a subdirectory on the floppy. There is no such limit on the number of entries in a subdirectory.

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