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The file name(s) would be too long for the destination fol

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    Posts : 12
    Win 8

    The file name(s) would be too long for the destination fol


    The file Name(s) would be too long for the destination folder.

    Hey guys,
    I have get this message while coping the files from one External HDD to another. I found this solution, You cannot back up a file in Windows Server 2008 R2 or in Windows 7 if the path length is longer than 260 characters
    but it is only for previous version of Windows OS. How to fix this on win 8 x64? The file sysytems on both HDDs are exFat.

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    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    When I've seen this message it is because the path length is too long. Have you tried moving the target location to a folder that has a shorter path length
    for example

    E:\Store

    is shorter than

    E:\Storage\Backup of Gateway desktop computer\File\
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
    When I've seen this message it is because the path length is too long. Have you tried moving the target location to a folder that has a shorter path length
    for example

    E:\Store

    is shorter than

    E:\Storage\Backup of Gateway desktop computer\File\

    There is thousands of files in the HDD.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    I am saying to try copying them to a folder that is not deeply nested within other folders, and does not have a long name for the folder.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    Win 8


    Yes you are right. Thank you! Anyway I think this kind of limitations should be solved very quickly.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by upf View Post
    Yes you are right. Thank you! Anyway I think this kind of limitations should be solved very quickly.
    It's the core of Explorer.
    Windows Explorer (File Explorer in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012) uses ANSI_API calls which is limited to 260 characters in the paths.

    More info at:
    File Explorer (Windows) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  7. #7


    Posts : 12
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post

    It's the core of Explorer.
    Windows Explorer (File Explorer in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012) uses ANSI_API calls which is limited to 260 characters in the paths.

    More info at:
    File Explorer (Windows) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    There was a patch that solves this problem. But only for previous versions of windows. Look it in my first post
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  8. #8


    Try use the hotfix on Windows 8, see if it works.
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