Too Many Files in Root Directory Generates DriveSpace Err Msgs (115199)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q115199


If you have more than 500 files in the root directory of your startup drive and you run DoubleSpace or DriveSpace, you receive one of the following error messages

    Too many files in the root directory, remove some files from the root and try this operation again.

    Error Copying <filename>
The error message you receive depends on the number of files in your root directory and whether or not DoubleSpace or DriveSpace is already installed on your system.

If you try to convert a DoubleSpace-compressed drive to a DriveSpace- compressed drive, you may receive the following error message:

There is not enough free space on your original startup drive, which is now drive C. DriveSpace will need at least 0.58 MB of free space on that drive. Delete some files from that drive, and try this operation again.


These error messages are displayed when there are too many files in the root directory of your compressed drive or host drive.


To work around this problem, delete a few files from the root directory, or move them to a subdirectory.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/18/1999
Keywords: KB115199