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I have a file with a very long filename (in excess of the 255 char limit) copied onto a FAT32 ubs stick from a power mac.

How can I rename it to be less the 255 chars?

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I realised in the end that Macs have the same limit so it had to be created somehow. I renamed the containing directory to a single letter and then dragged the directory to the root of the drive. I could then edit the filenames using windows explorer. Job done.

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Haven't tested it myself, but read that this little program should do the trick:

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Thx. I wasn't really up for spending $30 until I had no other option. Eventually I figured it out. – DangerMouse Oct 21 '12 at 10:00

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