Stephen A. Fuqua (SAF) is a Bahá'í, programmer, and conservation and interfaith advocate in the DFW area of Texas.

May 26, 2005

2^14

214— that's the maximum number of files in a folder on the Windows operating system. If you fill this up, you don't get any more (unless you move a few files to another directory). In layman's terms, that 16,384 files. Just thought you should know.

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Is that a sufficiently large enough number in your opinion?

Sadly not. I found this out the hard way when a program stopped running due to a lack of file space. I took one look at the # of files in the directory and quickly realized it was a power of 2 (though I am no longer enough geek to have recognized it as 14 immediately). I then had to move things. It made me sad =(.