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Why doesn’t my Yamaha Motif, DGX505, or other keyboard equipped with a Smart Media card reader accept the full amount of my card in data when connected to a computer via USB? It says the memory is full when it is far from its limit.

The Motif, DGX, and other Yamaha SmartMedia keyboards are limited by the DOS-based file format of the SmartMedia cards to accepting only 99 files in the root directory, regardless of size. The workaround is to create a directory in the root directory from your computer’s Yamaha software and place the files in this directory, which should have a much higher file number limit, and allow you to fill up the media card with your files.

A directory counts as a file, so if you are currently at the 99 file limit, you will have to delete at least one file to create a directory.