WD2001: "Disk Is Full" Error Message When You Save a Document Multiple Times

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SYMPTOMS

When you save a document multiple times in succession in Word 2001 for Mac, you may receive the following error message:
The disk is full. Free some space on this drive,
or save the document on another disk.
Try one or more of the following:
* Close any unneeded documents, programs, and windows.
* Save the document on another disk.

CAUSE

This error message can appear when you save a document that you are working on 60 times or more during a short period of time. The number of saves varies, depending on the following conditions:
  • How many other files you have open.
  • How many other programs may be running on your computer.
  • The size of the document that you are working on.
  • Whether you have File Sharing turned on. With File Sharing turned on, you can only save about 60 times before the error message appears.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, use one or both of the following methods.

Method 1: Monitor Your Saves

Close your document after you save it approximately 20 times. Next, reopen the document and continue working until you have saved another 20 times. Close the document again, and repeat the process as necessary.

By manually monitoring the number of saves and subsequently closing the document after you reach 20 saves, you can avoid the Disk Full error message.

Method 2: Turn Off File Sharing

With File Sharing turned off, you can save approximately 250 times. To turn off File Sharing, follow these steps:
  1. In Control Panels, select File Sharing, and then click the Start/Stop tab.
  2. In the File Sharing section of the dialog box, click the Stop button to turn off File Sharing. (If File Sharing is turned off, the button says Start.)

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

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Article ID: 289545 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2001 for Mac
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