If the files have a maximum capacity until it begins to slow downs?


I store images in folders and subfolders. A lot of images. A lot of records. When I got a Pentium with Windows XP, I discovered that access to some of the files the image more great and seemed to take a while, on the contrary, it took a bit of paint all the thumbnails in the file, which slowed me down to select any thumbnail while waiting. It made me wonder if the files had a max capacity, so I divide each major issues in three small files and that delays ceased.


Fast forward to my new computer with Windows 7 and now has the same issues, the same images.  I have the same divided files than the files smaller, but now with my new i7 computer, I wonder if I can combine the contents of the file once again, for my comfort. Yes, I have experienced, but I prefer to ask here if there is a maximum file size, in terms of MB or GB? I have a 2 TB hard drive, btw.

Now, don't laugh, but my 'big' files are only about 300 to 500 MB each, even when they have been grouped on my XP computer they probably were 600-900 MB each when they were slow to paint miniatures.

If you say no worries to combine the files, I would like to ask if there is a limit of size of folder in Windows 7, so I can learn, but I'll also ask you what do you think was my limiting factor on my old XP system that caused the downturn? Lack of RAM?

Thank you.

There is no "maximum" as such, the performance reduction depends on a great many factors.  If you have a slow processor, slow HDD or a graphics card that does not work well in Windows then files will always make more slowly with a large number of files in them.  They will make more quickly with a faster hard drive, faster or greater processor graphics card - but more files will always slower files less will be just because of the overhead involved in showing that a lot of files.

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