A couple of weeks ago I was carefully deleting an old backup of my data drive. I did a duplicate-file check between the old backup and the live copy and deleted the old copies to the Recycle Bin. It was going just fine and as expected until suddenly I could no longer delete anything. Whenever I tried to delete a file—any file—from the old backup, it would fail.
I examined the Recycle Bin and it occurred to me that it may be because there were simply too many files in the bin. I’m not talking about size, but the number of files. Here’s a few facts about the situation:
- It is a Windows XP system
- The volume with the old backup is FAT32
- The volume with the old backup had 302MB of free space
- The problem occurred once there were 31,594 files in the bin
- The recycled files used 236MB
INFO2file (which tracks the original filenames of recycled file) is over 24MB
- Attempting to delete even one more file would not work regardless of its size
- The Recycle Bin is configured to have no limits on all drives
I tried to look this up, but the closest I can find is information about limits to the size of the Recycle Bin, nothing about the number of files.
Has anyone heard of this? Can anyone confirm that there is a limit to how many files can be stored?