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I need to copy some QuickTime videos from a DVD, but the filenames contain quotation marks so Windows prevents me from copying or moving them to my PC.

Does anyone know what can I do?

I am running Windows 7 Professional.

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migrated from Aug 31 '11 at 19:29

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Windows will not allow a filename containing quotation marks.

You can copy the files one at a time using wildcard characters, and giving a different name without quotes for the destination.

copy "f:?Behavioral Center?" "c:\video\Behavioral Center"
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what do I need to put , 1st my file name is called "Behavioral Center" – TonyR Aug 31 '11 at 19:14
@TonyR, I've updated the example. Because your filename has spaces in it, you need to put quotes around the whole thing. – Mark Ransom Aug 31 '11 at 19:36

try using dir /X to access the 8.3-style name. According to ( ) the first step in windows making these names is to strip invalid characters.

Once you have access to the 8.3 name, rename it using valid characters.

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Have you tried opening a command prompt and using "dir" to see what the real file name is? Then just copy that instance there:

copy f:\xxx.yyy  c:\zzz\
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yes, thats the first thing I tried but did not work – TonyR Aug 31 '11 at 18:58

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