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Windows 7: Is There a Limit to the Size of a My Documents Folder?

30 May 2014   #1
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Is There a Limit to the Size of a My Documents Folder?

Confession: I've only recently installed Windows 7/Pro x64.

I tried using Apache Open Office Writer, saving my documents in the Microsoft *.doc format. A few days into the evaluation I tried to save a file and discovered that a branch in my "My Documents" folder had disappeared.

I tried installing and using Office 2000. Other than the hassle of encountering this dropdown each time I open Word or Excel it seems to allow me to create and save documents. When Microsoft drops support for software, they seem to forget that they created it.

User Account Control
Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer?
Program name: WINWORD.EXE
Publisher: Unknown
File origin: Hard drive on this computer

At least once since starting to use Word 2000, I've discovered that another branch of My Documents has disappeared.

I just looked at the drive on which I store these document files using TreeSizeFree. My Documents is about 101 Gb. Is there a folder size limit under Windows 7 (or perhaps any MS operating system) for folders saved in the *.doc format?

Here's how I 'established' that the branches have 'disappeared' without a trace:

I searched for a word unique to one of the deleted documents. I used Windows Explorer and I used a global display of both my OS/Programs drive (128 Gb Crucial M550 SSD) and my data drive, 500 Gb WD 610 Gb 7.2K (WDC WD6400AAKS-00E4A0) SATA-2 using ZTreeWin. TreeSizeFree shows <233 Gb on the latter drive.

I've done nothing different in the way I've used Word from the way I used it under XP/Pro SP3.

Should I be considering dividing up My Documents into smaller collections like My Documents Letters, My Documents Finances, etc? I guess I could create a set of Libraries to match and point to the proper file tree on my data drive.

Just now I'm very uncomfortable. The idea of doing hourly backups is distasteful.

thanks

baumgrenze


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30 May 2014   #2
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

There are limitations to file sizes and counts in and including folders themselves, but they are practically insane to achieve for NTFS file systems.
Considering that your SSD has only 128GiB of space, I don't understand what the question is. If My Documents is filled with 101GiB of data then surely your SSD is just full.
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30 May 2014   #3
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
OS/Programs - 128 Gb & Data - 500 Gb

Quite to the contrary here is what TreeSizeFree says about the SSD:

16.3 Gb Windows
13.6 Gb Users
08.0 Gb Pagefile
05.0 Gb System Volume Information
04.4 Gb Program Files (x86)
01.8 Gb Program Files
~50 Gb Total

The data is stored on a 500 Gb WD 610 Gb 7.2K (WDC WD6400AAKS-00E4A0) SATA-2. This drive is ~60% filled, or, 233 Gb of 610 Gb is 40% free.

My concern it that there is a 'not well documented' limit to the size of a parent folder (the My Documents folder) containing classic Word documents in the *.doc format and that the OS responds by pruning some out to make room for new ones.

At this point I can think of no other explanation.
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30 May 2014   #4
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baumgrenze View Post
My concern it that there is a 'not well documented' limit to the size of a parent folder (the My Documents folder) containing classic Word documents in the *.doc format and that the OS responds by pruning some out to make room for new ones.

At this point I can think of no other explanation.
As for the size thing, I'd figured, just wanted to be certain. I don't know what your SSD had to do with the grand scheme of things but usually when an end users says SSD and My Documents, they're referring to their profile on their OS drive.

Anywho, that sounds really highly farfetched.
I am assuming you have named this folder My Documents yourself and the OS has not created this folder because of some registry adjustment or something. I hope that is the case.

Have you tried testing this theory? Maybe put a bunch of another filetype in there to see if it happens to the new filetype? Or am I missing something?
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30 May 2014   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
My concern it that there is a 'not well documented' limit to the size of a parent folder (the My Documents folder) containing classic Word documents in the *.doc format and that the OS responds by pruning some out to make room for new ones.

At this point I can think of no other explanation.
No way.

There is no limit on the size of any individual folder in Windows aside from disk space. If you have the space there is no reason why the My Documents folder could not contain many terabytes of data. At any given time Windows doesn't even know how large any individual folder is. The very concept of determining space consumed by a folder is very problematic and at best is only an estimate.

NTFS does have the capability to impose disk quotas to individual users but this is not enabled by default. But in no case would files ever be deleted to enforce the limit.
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30 May 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Windows 7 at default does not care how big your Document folder is as long as the drive/partition Document folder it is on has space for it.
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31 May 2014   #7
dlc41

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

When you search for the files did you search both drives or just the data drive. I have this issue where due to the default settings things got moved to the %user%\documents folder on the windows drive.
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03 Jun 2014   #8
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
This Mess is Mostly Sorted Out

I apologize for taking so long to send this update, but I've had only an hour here and there to tackle this. I've sorted things out, I think. I am open to correction.

Windows ran an 'urgent' CHKDSK on 5/25/14. I documented this with digital photographs which are shown in sequence in the three attached Word documents. A second 'urgent' CHKDSK ran a few days later.

The result of this process was the creation of a Read Only folder on my Data drive at the root, D:\. named 'found.001.'
It, in turn, contains dir0000.chk and dir0001.chk. See the attached jpg file.


dir0000.chk is composed of my missing My Documents\Calendars folder which must have been 'modified' by the above CHKDSK process.

dir001.chk is composed of the missing My Documents\Church folder which disappeared when I tried to save a document to it sometime in the last 10 days. I recall a second 'emergency' CHKDSK a day or 2 before the folder opened for a save-as, then failed to open the next time.


I tried opening one of the files that retained its original name and it seemed to be what I'd saved originally. Should it be possible to rebuild the folder tree. I know how to do it using ZTree.


Is there a log of CHKDSK processes? I'd like to document the second date.


thanks,


baumgrenze


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File Type: doc CHKDSK_ImageRecord052514_1.doc (699.0 KB, 0 views)
File Type: doc CHKDSK_ImageRecord052514_2.doc (822.0 KB, 0 views)
File Type: doc CHKDSK_ImageRecord052514_3.doc (724.0 KB, 0 views)
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04 Jun 2014   #9
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I didn't dig through this whole thread but 'back in the day' of DOS there was a limit of 512 files in the Root of an HDD using the 8.3 file name scheme. When Windows 95 came out with its LFN/Long File Name scheme that number was less, maybe around half as it stored 2 names for each file. It had to do with how files were indexed and stored. Either method got around the issue by using Directories [in DOS] or Folders [in Win95 and later] which mostly had no limit on the number of files in them. I have one HDD that has a Downloads Folder with over 16,000 files in 1291 Folders [subFolders of Downloads].

The formatting of a drive as FAT32 has a limit of a single file size of 4GB while NTFS does not have that limit.

We've made great strides in storage since my first computer in '92 and its 120MB HDD, $1.00 per MB capacity was a good bargain back then.
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04 Jun 2014   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Chkdsk logs

I find chkdsk logs in System Volume Information. The file name shows the date. If you open the log there's no useful info but if you just want the date and time it's possible to search for filenames beginning with chkdsk2014

Is There a Limit to the Size of a My Documents Folder?-powertool.jpg

Is There a Limit to the Size of a My Documents Folder?-powertool-2.jpg

If you want to take a detailed look at "My Documents" or anything else on your HD you might like to check out:

SpaceSniffer Portable


Is There a Limit to the Size of a My Documents Folder?-spacesniffer.jpg

or WinDirStat


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