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A heavily fragmented file in an NTFS volume may not grow beyond a certain size

A heavily fragmented file in an NTFS file system volume may not grow beyond a certain size because of limitations in structures that are used to describe the allocations.

In this scenario, you may experience one of the following issues:

  • When you try to copy a file to a new location, you receive the following error message:
    In Windows Vista or in later versions of Windows

    The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation

    In versions of Windows that are earlier than Windows Vista

    insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service

  • When you try to write to a sparse file from the Application log, Microsoft SQL Server may log an event that resembles the following:
    In Windows Vista or in later versions of Windows

    Event Type: Information
          Event Source: MSSQLSERVER
    
          Description: ...
          665(The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation.) to SQL Server during write at 0x000024c8190000, in filename...

    In versions of Windows that are earlier than Windows Vista

    Event Type: Information
          Event Source: MSSQLSERVER
    
          Description: ...
          1450(Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service.) to SQL Server during write at 0x000024c8190000, in file with handle 0000000000000FE8 ...

    For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB967351.

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