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Microsoft KB Archive/106632

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Disk Error While Saving, Embedded Object Becomes a Box


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


When an embedded object is moved within a document by cutting and pasting, by dragging and dropping, or by text changes preceding it, followed by a full save of the document, the object may change in appearance and may no longer be editable. Subsequent attempts to save the document may result in the following error message

Disk is full writing to drive x:

where "x" is the drive you are trying to save to.

Related error message:

There are too many edits in this document.
This operation will be incomplete. Save your work.

NOTE: With Allow Fast Saves turned on, Word will do a full save periodically based upon the complexity of the document or the number of times it has been previously fast saved.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Word for Windows. This problem was corrected in of Word versions 6.0a and later for Windows.


To reduce the chance of this problem occurring, turn on the Allow Fast Saves option by choosing Options from the Tools menu, selecting the Save tab, and selecting the Allow Fast Saves option.

If the problem does occur, use the following procedure to save your document. The OLE object may be lost and may have to be re-created. Some Word-6.0-specific formatting may not be retained in the Word 2.0 format.

  1. Save the file in Word 2.0 format.
  2. Immediately after saving in Word 2.0 format, choose Save from the File menu.

The Save Format dialog box will say that the file is a Word for Windows 2.0 format file and ask if the file should be saved in Word, or Word for Windows 2.0.

  1. Choose the Word button (to save in Word 6.0 format).

If any OLE objects appear as boxes in your Word document, you must delete and re-create them.


To obtain Word 6.0c, call the Microsoft Order Desk at (800) 360-7561 and request the 6.0c upgrade.

If you are outside the United States, contact your local subsidiary. To locate your subsidiary, see the Microsoft World Wide Offices Web site at:

Closing and reopening the document preserves the object if no part of the offending document has been copied or cut and pasted into a new document. This is because if no Clipboard functions have taken place when you close the document, Word deletes the temporary work copy of the document, and you are left with the last successfully saved file. Clipboard functions cause Word to incorporate the changes in the temporary file into the good copy of the file. Thus, the damaged object is saved to the current copy of the file.

Saving the damaged document to Rich Text Format (RTF) has the same effect as a Clipboard function, and the object will be lost.

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Keywords : kbole
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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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