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Shell Creates a Zero-Byte File When Copying to a Full Disk PSS ID Number: Q104684 Article last modified on 11-11-1993 PSS database name: O_MSDOS

6.00 6.20


The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft MS-DOS operating system versions 6.0 and 6.2


If you use the Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 or 6.2 Shell to copy multiple files to a floppy disk, a 0-byte file may be created if the floppy disk becomes full before all selected files are copied. In this situation, no files are lost; however, the file that did not copy remains on the source disk.


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Select multiple files that require more than one floppy disk to store.

  2. Press F8 to copy the files.

  3. In the To: box, type either A: or B:, depending on the floppy disk drive you are using. Choose OK.

    When the floppy disk is full, you receive the following message:

    The disk is full.

    1. Skip this file and continue.
    2. Cancel the operation.
  4. Change disks and press ENTER.

Shell begins copying files again. If you examine the first disk, you find a 0-byte file with the filename of the last file that Shell tried to copy, even though that file is still on the source disk.

Additional reference words: 6.00 6.20 zero-byte

Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1993.