Obscure DOS question
trixter at oldskool.org
Mon Mar 28 20:54:07 CST 2005
Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> MS-DOS 3.3 has a limit of 512 entries in the root directory. I have a
> need to put more than this.
I seem to remember that the limit is actually 224.
> Was there ever a way to put more than 512 files in the root directory?
> Some sort of patch or utility?
Nope. But 224 isn't an unreasonable limit because even on a 1.44MB each file
would be limited to no more than about 6K-7K apiece.
> Another question:
> When using the SUBST command in MS-DOS, you cannot aparently substitute
> the C: drive. I seem to recall that MS-DOS 6.0 allowed this, although I
> might be confusing that with the ability of LANtastic to redirect the C:
> drive to a network drive.
Checking 6.22 right here... works fine (I did "subst d: c:\"). So yes, you can.
> At any rate, what I'm trying to do is overcome the limit of 512 file
> entries in an MS-DOS 3.3 root directory.
SUBST won't help you do this unless you don't use a floppy at all, like:
subst a: c:\temp
...which works fine.
My question is: Why?
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