Solved How to fix a Windows file name with a colon : in it.

January 4, 2013 at 13:37:06
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 2.5 GHz / 4095 MB

I just transferred some video files from a Linux PC to a Windows PC, but the file names contain a colon in them. Windows now sees the files as corrupt since they have a colon in them. When I try to change the file name Windows gives me an error. Is there some type of trick in fixing this problem with Windows?

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#1
January 4, 2013 at 13:52:14
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The colon is an illegal character for a filename in Windows.

The files must be renamed within Linux to remove the colon before transferring them to Windows.

There's no other way that I know


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#2
January 4, 2013 at 13:56:26

This is what I was afraid of :( I don't have access to the Linux PC anymore so I guess I will have to image a spare HDD with Linux. I can't use a Linux Live CD either because the file is on a NTFS file system. Major suckage!!!!

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#3
January 4, 2013 at 14:39:26

I can't vouch for this but it looks like what you need:
http://dimitar.me/quickly-remove-sp...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
January 4, 2013 at 14:40:39

Have a go at accessing the file by its 8.3 filename in a command prompt - it might just work. The Wiki entry shows how to calculate the 8.3 filename (I'm sure there's a way to display it, but I can't remember how) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8.3_fi...

Just remembered - I think "dir /x" shows the short filenames.


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#5
June 17, 2013 at 06:56:50

I know this is reviving an old thread, but

I can't use a Linux Live CD either because the file is on a NTFS file system. Major suckage!!!!

That's not true at all, ntfs-3g is included in most major linux distributions. You could get Ubuntu, make a live cd, boot up, rename it.


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