1999-08-07 / Columnists

Got Computer Questions?

Ask Randy From Magichost

Dear Randy,

Q. I had a Microsoft excel file in my computer, I transferred this file to a disk, and I worked on it with the disk, now whenever I need to open this file on that disk, on my computer, a window would come out saying "there is not enough storage room to open this application" is there any way to see this file again, thanks. -PEDSRS

Pedsrs, the error you are receiving is exactly as it sounds. Excel and many other word processing/database programs require a certain amount of free space on the disk/hard drive you are working on in order to open or edit a file. When Excel opens a file, it copies the original file to a temporary file in the same directory. Excel does this so that it does not have to modify your original file directly unless you select SAVE. Your best bet would be to copy the file back to your hard drive and open it from there. Or free up some space on the disk. The amount of space on the disk you need free is equal to the size of your original file plus about 10kb.

Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy Sofia care of The Wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, NY 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com

(This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the website at http://www.magichost.com or e-mail Rockaway@magichost.com).

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