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Cannot move file. The directory or file cannot be created...

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by sammy4791, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. sammy4791

    sammy4791 Thread Starter

    Oct 21, 2008
    I am trying to move a large batch of files from one folder to another on a WD "My Book" 500GB external drive and an error message keeps appearing saying the following: [Window title]: "Error moving File or Folder", [Message]: "Cannot move <filename> The directory or file cannot be created."
    It seems as though I've reached a limit. Folder 1 had 29438 files in it. I tried moving all of those files into Folder 2 on the same drive (which has plenty of free space). Folder 2 accepted 22516 of those files at which point I received the error message. No further files can be added to Folder 2.

    Can anyone help?

  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    From here:

    "Windows XP it self doesn't have a limit on the number of files per folder. It depends on the file system that you are using. The max files and folders per folder are:
    FAT16 - 512
    FAT32 - 65,534
    NTFS - 4,294,967,295

    If you use long file names for the files and folders (over 8 characters for the file name and 3 for the extension) then the number of files and folders available per folder will be reduced on the FAT16 and FAT32 file systems.

    If you need to put more files and folders in a single folder you'll need to convert the drive to NTFS. "

    Not certain if that will help, what format is the drive?
  3. the628


    Oct 22, 2008
    I have seen this NTFS before what does that mean and how do you convert to it.
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