What is the Max folder size on a Mac High Sierra?

What is the Max folder size on a Mac High Sierra?

I have about 580 MB of images in the same folder, and noticed when I scroll through them in Finder, I sometimes see the selected image file skip over to the bottom file in the folder.

It really throws me when I am looking for a certain file.

Is this too much capacity for a single folder?

Or, might there be a bad file causing some other type of error?

Thank.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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arnoldCommented:
Please clarify your question.
580MB of files, can be ....
Are you trying to preview each file, or are you looking for a specific file by name?

The preview part might not be as fast as your scrolling through the files.

If memory serves, there is no limit on the size of a folder.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I look for the image I need by scrolling through each image file. But a few days ago, I noticed after the tenth or twelfth image, the selected file jumps to the last position in the folder.
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serialbandCommented:
The folder size is limited by the inodes available, not quite unlimited, but quite large.  What you're experiencing is a problem with the Finder Preview.  Try reseting the SMC, then resetting the PRAM first.  If that doesn't work, try reinstalling OS X without erasing the disk.  550MB is actually quite a tiny amount of image files.  It's also not a good description since image files can vary from quite large, or quite small in file sizes.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
> Try reseting the SMC, then resetting the PRAM first.

What are SMC and PRAM?
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Tim LapinComputer Consultant (Desktop analyst)Commented:
PRAM reset:

Shut down your machine. Yes, all the way down, not sleep or logging out.

Press the power button and then press command-option-p-r. You have to make sure you get those keys pressed before the gray screen comes up or it won’t work.

Hold those keys down until your Mac reboots again and you here the startup chime.

Let go of the keys and let your Mac reboot normally.



SMC reset:

If you have a MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc that you can remove the battery from here is what you do:

Shut down the computer (again, full-on off here)
Disconnect the MagSafe plug from the machine
Remove the battery
Press the power button for 5 seconds and release
Put the battery back in and reconnect the MagSafe cord
Turn your machine back on with the power button
For MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and MacBooks where you can’t remove the battery on your own, here’s what you do:

Turn off your machine (really, you knew this was coming at step one)
Keep the power adapter plugged in.
Press at the same time shift-option-control (on the left side of the machine) and the power button
Let go
Turn your machine back on with the power button.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks
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David AndersTechnician Commented:
The images are not in Photos? Viewing images is one of the strengths of a photo manager.
A Cache or PList may be corrupt.

Starting in Safe Mode or creating a Test User may help to diagnose.

Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201262
How to test an issue in another user account on your Mac
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204443
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