Solved

Maximum Folder Depth

Posted on 2003-11-26
3
2,819 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hi there,

I've recently had a problem with a file on a server which couldn't be renamed, have properties viewed or opened with the file's native program.  As soon as I saw where the file was I guessed it was to do with the file length, and resorted to shortening the parent folder's name length.  The file worked again.

What is the maximum folder depth allowable on Windows 2000 (Server)?  I've looked hard for this information on the internet but can't find it.

In this case the # of characters in the file and directory path was 168 - I thought 255 was allowed...

This surely isn't a hard question, so 75 points.

And what's with the suddenly advert crazy experts exchange!  Owner sold out?

vasp
0
Comment
Question by:vasp
3 Comments
 
LVL 49

Expert Comment

by:sunray_2003
ID: 9825595
Dear vasp,

Will this help

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q93496&

Thanks,
Sunray
0
 

Author Comment

by:vasp
ID: 9826189
Sunray,

No, I found info about that when I was looking before.  It makes no mention of folderdepth and number of characters.

Thanks though,

vasp
0
 
LVL 41

Accepted Solution

by:
graye earned 350 total points
ID: 9828653
As I'm sure you've found out... the answer is:

MAX_PATH for files = 256 (path) +3 (drive, colon, slash) = 259
MAX_PATH for directories =  256 +3 -11 (to make room for a 8.3 file) = 247

The problem really is... the ability of a user to map a drive letter deep into a share path.  From that drive letter's perspective, the paths that are created are very short, but in reality, the physical path is waaaay too deep.

...and the real pisser is... You can't do anything about it!  There are no setting to prevent a user from creating a path that is too deep.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Facing problems with you memory card? Cannot access your memory card? All stored data, images, videos are lost? If these are your questions...than this small article might help you out in retrieving your lost or inaccessible data.
This demo shows you how to set up the containerized NetScaler CPX with NetScaler Management and Analytics System in a non-routable Mesos/Marathon environment for use with Micro-Services applications.
This video demonstrates how to create an example email signature rule for a department in a company using CodeTwo Exchange Rules. The signature will be inserted beneath users' latest emails in conversations and will be displayed in users' Sent Items…

914 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now