New question..

Guys, I have a question...

How many folders can we have within a folder.. I mean.. folder within folder within folder, and so on.. ?

Is there any way of increasing that limitation if any?

0 Comments   [ + ] Show comments

Answers (3)

Posted by: anonymous_9363 13 years ago
Red Belt
IIRC, there is a limitation within Windows that paths can only be 254 characters in length so I guess the limit is 253 sub-folders, provided that each folder name is only one character long.

Actually, I think the limit is driven by the requirement to accomodate 8.3 (short) folder names from the dark days of MS-DOS.

You could always go R I G H T out on a limb and Google "windows folder depth". It'll catch on one day, this Google thing. Remember that we were there first.
Posted by: bearden3 13 years ago
Purple Belt
Keep in mind that when you measure the length of a folder that you need to include the backslash ("\") as well.
I would say that if it's not 254 characters for the limit, that it's close enough.
I also believe that with NTFS (from Windows NT on), that there is no directory character limitation, but people usually adhere to the 250/254/255 character limit for backward compatibility with Windows 95/98.

Another thing to keep in mind, at least from the network perspective, if the path is longer than about 250 characters, you can find a point farther down inside the long path and hard map a network drive to that point; then the rest of the folder structure should then be visible.
Posted by: mitrokin 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
thankooo, thankooo
Rating comments in this legacy AppDeploy message board thread won't reorder them,
so that the conversation will remain readable.

Don't be a Stranger!

Sign up today to participate, stay informed, earn points and establish a reputation for yourself!

Sign up! or login


This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site and/or clicking the "Accept" button you are providing consent Quest Software and its affiliates do NOT sell the Personal Data you provide to us either when you register on our websites or when you do business with us. For more information about our Privacy Policy and our data protection efforts, please visit GDPR-HQ