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Packing a Paradox database using Database Desktop generates 'Insufficient disk space' error

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I have a 28mb Paradox .DB file which I am trying to pack using the 1996 version of Datatabase Desktop.  Even after rebooting my PC, and with 8gb of free disk space, whenever I try to pack (or save, or save as) the .DB in question I get an "Insufficient Disk Space" error message.

Any clues to what is wrong?
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by:TheRealLoki
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This is a sign of a corrupt table
we get it here every now and then
These are the steps we take to fix it

1) stop all bde applications
2) delete all *.lck files in the databsae directory
3) delete the c:\pdoxusrs.net file (note: if you cannot delete this, it means there are still bde apps running)

at this point you can try to pack the table again as per above.
if it still fails, then get the Table Repair from http://info.borland.com/devsupport/bde/utilities.html
choose the 16 or 32 bit one depending on your eeds
you need the .exe and the .dll for this

run it, and choose verify.
if it fails, or the "index" bar does not go all the way across, then choose rebuild (does a compact btw)
when that finishes, check that your table still has the .PX (index) and do a verify again
make sure the index is still there, and you're done.
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by:Softtech
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Actually, your diagnosis is wrong.  The problem is not with the table.  The problem is with the BDE and packing.  If the hard drive on which the table resides has free space of 4gb, 8gb, 12gb, etc (4 gb increments), the packing/save as procedure will fail.
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? never heard of that bug...
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by:Softtech
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>> never heard of that bug...

Evidently it has been around for a long time.  See:

http://tinyurl.com/pcql2
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hmm. ah well, there are many later versions of the BDE. I think it got up to 5.10
since you've solved this yourself, you should ask the admin to close it for you with a refund  :-)
Loki
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by:Softtech
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I'm using v 5.1.0.4 from June 1999.
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