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Maximum  Number of the File in a Directory..?

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hello !

Win2000...

what is maximum number of the file(folder)  
in a directory ??

if file number is increasing in a directory,

performance is decreasing ???

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There is no theoretical limit to the number of files or folders in a directory--you could, if you so wanted, have every single file on your system in the root directory (apart from the ones Windows needs, obviously) and it would all work fine. As for the speed issue, the FAT32 file system would definitely suffer slowdown as you put more and more files into a folder; I don't think NTFS would be anything like as badly affected because of the way it stores the file directory.
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There is a limit to the amount of files that can reside on the root of your C: drive and that is 256. You will get an error message and some strange occurances if you attempt to go over that number.
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The root limit of 256 ONLY applies to FAT filesystems.  If you are using NTFS (and I certainly hope you are) there is no such limitation.

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Ah yes, I believe you are correct Jhance, my mistake.
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jhance, mikecr: And, furthermore, the 256 file limit (originally 512, but reduced to 256 due to long filename support in Win9x) only applies to FAT16. FAT32 removed this restriction by making the root directory the same as any other directory.
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