Storing the content of thousands of files
Posted on 2006-06-04
I need the ability to store the contents of thousands or even tens of thousands of files; each will be attached to a unique account number (actually each account might have anywhere from 0 to hundreds of file). I know of numerous ways to accomplish this in the Unix world, and almost all would be available in the Windows world as well.
My question, is there some sort of standard that is used in the Windows environment?
If not, which ways work the best?
If I decide to keep the files in their native form, and just keep an index of their location, or hash their location, is there some magic number of files in a single directory, where the directory becomes HUGE, in the sense of Unix, where opening a file takes a lifetime, etc?
Thanks in advance, Rick