How to burn discs with file names too long?

March 22, 2011 at 10:02:34
Specs: Windows XP

I am trying to burn some files to dvd using Roxio software. However, an error message comes up saying that the file name is too long.

Is there a way of disabling this, or even just how do I go about burning these discs? I cannot re-name the file names are they are filed emails, and there are thousands of them! Is there a way around this? I was thinking of archiving/backing-up to hard drives - good idea or not?


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#1
March 22, 2011 at 10:08:22

Are the emails in folders? Do you need the URL or just the contents of the email?

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#2
March 22, 2011 at 10:19:24

Yes, the emails are in folders of folders. So essentially I am burning:

Project Name/Correspondence/Email/08-09-02_Email from blah to blah rec/sent etc

Is there a way of perhaps (for want of a better expression), clicking a button and asking Roxio to reduce 'all file names'? Sorry, I am not IT literate at all in this regard!


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#3
March 22, 2011 at 10:35:29

So, each one of your emails is in a folder "Project Name/Correspondence/Email/08-09-02_Email from blah to blah rec/sent etc"?

Read the article linked below. There are many parameters involved in burning an optical disk.

Packet writing may solve the issue, not sure about that.

Do you have Roxio Drag to disk. Drag to disk is a packet writer. You could try it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_9660


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#4
March 22, 2011 at 10:43:26

Are you bruning these disk using pure ISO 9660. This is the standard for CD burning which allows a disk made with ISO 9660 to be read on any computer with a CD drive. This means drive and path names in the 8.3 format.

However most CD brning software have falcialies to overide this and use Windows long filenames. This means the CD can only be read on a Windows system.

Look in the burning software for an option with the name Joliet and select it. You should then be able to use long filenames up the the retrictions imposed by Windows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joliet...

Stuart


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#5
March 22, 2011 at 21:53:57

I have come upon this problem before. Creating subdirectories has made the length of the total path too long.

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