MWBACKUP Can't Back Up More Than 1637 Files from One Dir (120934)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q120934


When you are using Microsoft Backup for Windows (MWBACKUP.EXE), you receive the following error message as Microsoft Backup is reading directories:

There are too many files in the current directory. Not all the files will be available for backup.
If you choose OK, Backup continues to load; however, some of the files from the given directory are not available for backup.


This error message is displayed if one (or more) of the directories on the drive being read contains more than 1637 files.


To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
    Move some of the files from the original directory into a new directory so that the total number of files in the original directory is not greater than 1637.
    Quit Windows and run Microsoft Backup for MS-DOS (MSBACKUP.EXE) by typing msbackup at an MS-DOS command prompt. If MSBACKUP.EXE is not installed, you can install it by running SETUP /E from the MS-DOS Setup Disk 1.


Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/23/1999
Keywords: KB120934