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Intelligent file copy/move software ?


I'm looking for a way to copy a folder inluding subfolders to an external drive. I'm using Windows XP. The problem is that with the normal copy/paste the progress breaks up because the file names are too long and other stuff.

Is there a tool that can make it work? Thanks Tommy

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marked as duplicate by Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Moab, sblair, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Sathya Jun 2 '11 at 4:23

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Please describe in detail what the problem is. If the file names are too long, shorten them before copying, or, if that's not possible without breaking things (e.g. Java source code), copy to a different destination directory. File paths simply have a maximum length. –  Daniel Beck Jun 1 '11 at 15:30
is there a specific reason why you want those long names ? the problem you are facing is a Windows xp limitation which cannot handle filepaths more than 255 characters –  Shekhar Jun 1 '11 at 15:35

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Try a tool like TeraCopy. It's free for Home Users.

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The problem is that the external drive you are using is formatted with a file system that only supports a short file name. My suggestion it to format the drive as NTFS. This will allow longer file names.

The file name also includes the entire path. If the folder you are copying is deep in the filesystem, I suggest creating a zip file out of the folder with 7-zip, and then copying the zip file to the external harddrive.

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It's more likely, as pointed out in the comments to the question, as discussed in Microsoft KnowledgeBase article #177665, and as answered on ServerFault, to be the well-known limitation on overall path length that the questioner is talking about here, given that xe mentions subfolders. –  JdeBP Jun 1 '11 at 21:05

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