Solved The filen name(s) would be too long for the destination fold

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May 18, 2016 at 07:58:20
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I started getting the 'The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder' message yesterday while trying to copy some user files from the c drive to the e(burner) drive so I can back them up to DVD. I spent yesterday and this morning doing some research but nothing turns a light bulb on.

The first thing I am confused about is, if the file is okay on the C drive, why can it not be copied to the E drive. Do CD drives and disk drives have different rules. If not, how was the file allowed to be created in the first place. In addition, the destination path actually turn out to be shorter than the source path as displayed in the following;

C:\Users\Bugs Bunny\Music\Music\Brahms_ 4 Ballades Op_ 10_ 2 Rhapsodies, Op_ 79_ 10 Intermezzi Disc 1\ 05 Rhapsody for piano in B minor, Op. 79_1_ No.1 In B Minor

E:\Bugs Bunny\Music\Brahms_ 4 Ballades Op_ 10_ 2 Rhapsodies, Op_ 79_ 10 Intermezzi Disc 1\ 05 Rhapsody for piano in B minor, Op. 79_1_ No.1 In B Minor


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May 18, 2016 at 14:50:32
If memory serves correctly the filename and folders can only be 64 characters on a CD and as trvlr pointed out, it can be much longer on a hard drive.

"Do CD drives and disk drives have different rules."
Yes they do. Hard drives use FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS file systems. CD's use a TOC (Table Of Contents) and they behave very differently.



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May 18, 2016 at 08:26:04
I seem to recall the limit for number of characters - spaces included - is 255 in NT/XP/Vista; and in win-7 it is (or was if it's the limit has been upgraded/raised) 129..

Possibly you are exceeding the limit..

That limit will also include anything that is the file path name/statement...

This discussion covers it in a little more detail...

http://tinyurl.com/zt2ntcz

Incidentally I would encourage a shorter file name system; if at all possible...


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May 18, 2016 at 08:37:25
trvlr,

hi again. I will look at the link, but if the file is too long to go on the CD drive, why is not long to sit on the C drive. And I agree with you about shorter paths, but let's remember that it is Microsoft that set up the default path of c:\users\[username} and then corresponding folders (my documents, my music, my pictures, desktop). On my own computer I have created a data folder on a separate drive where I put all my stuff, but most people don't know about doing such things and just follow the windows default. Also the song having an issue is an opera song. One more reason for me not to like opera - music titles are way to long.


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May 18, 2016 at 09:05:23
trvlr,

I found the problem. Two of the files had a whole bunch of spaces before the extension ('filename .wma'). As soon as I got rid of the spaces the file copied okay.


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May 18, 2016 at 10:59:01
ahhh... thank you for update... I think I've been there myself when it comes to having a space or two too many in a file name...

Useful "ooops" to be aware of in the future.


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May 18, 2016 at 14:50:32
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If memory serves correctly the filename and folders can only be 64 characters on a CD and as trvlr pointed out, it can be much longer on a hard drive.

"Do CD drives and disk drives have different rules."
Yes they do. Hard drives use FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS file systems. CD's use a TOC (Table Of Contents) and they behave very differently.


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