Large File Copy Operation Causes Available Bytes to Drop Significantly

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A large file copy operation causes available bytes to drop significantly. This happens when a Windows client copies a large file from or to a Windows NT computer.

In this case, you will notice a user interface performance degradation. The files need to be about the size of the physical memory of the computer or greater.

If you look at performance counters while this happens, you find that the counter for the file cache (Memory: Cache Bytes) goes up while the process working sets (Process: Working Set, instance _Total) decline. Available bytes (Memory: Available Bytes) declines in the inverse proportion of the cache bytes.


While copying the files, Windows clients do not use the flag FILE_FLAG_SEQUENTIAL_SCAN to open the files. Thus, Cache Manager tries to cache the whole file in memory and causes the file cache to grow and, thus, available bytes to drop.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.


Article ID: 191098 - Last Review: October 9, 2013 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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