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Unable to delete a folder due to long path,

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just a thought guys...
    Couldn't you rename the folder to something less than 260 characters then delete it?
    I'm sure I've done that in the past.
    Maybe it won't work? I don't know!
    Just spit-balling here!

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  2. #12


    Posts : 562
    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    Quote Originally Posted by jamal numan View Post
    Do you mean that I need to format a HD of about 900GB to fix the issue of that folder?
    Well you've been 4 hours just on here over this and it is a guaranteed fix.

    (as I mentioned earlier, its the kind of thing you need to be sat in front of to see what is happening. Formatting isn't a particularly elegant solution but if it comes down to it.....)
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Try del *.* /s /q

    the /q should get rid of the "are you sure" crap.

    edit: also don't have the folder open in Explorer while trying to remove it on the command line. You'll probably get a "folder is in use..." error.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    A bit of overkill. Explorer has a 260 char path limit. Obviously files and folders with longer paths can be created and deleted programmatically. Just not through Explorer. However if the OP is going to use Explorer as the main file manager it's a good idea to prevent paths longer than 260 chars. If some "must use" 3rd party software insists on creating long paths then my suggestion is switch to a file manager that can handle it.


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    It would be interesting if we can try with linux.
    If you wish to try:

    1. Download the ISO (160MB) :Slacko Puppy Linux . Click one of the link shown on screen shot #1.
    2. Create a bootable USB Using Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
    3. Boot from USB, the screen should look like the screen shot. From the bottom left #2 of the screen. The HDs mounted as sda1, sda2 ... and one of these is your external drive.
    4. Explore the folder(s) and delete it.


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  5. #15


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    In fact the best idea, get a file manager that can handle paths > 260. You're going to need it anyway.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 64


    I have had success with a program called multi commander. I think I was also able to use a program called file boss as well.
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  7. #17


    Q-Dir (free) but personally have been using Directory Opus ($pricey) for years.Q-Dir the Quad Explorer for Windows - Q-Dir

    Rich
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  8. #18


    Posts : 562
    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    Pleased to hear you found a solution (or at least a workround) to the problem.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 68
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Try del *.* /s /q

    the /q should get rid of the "are you sure" crap.

    edit: also don't have the folder open in Explorer while trying to remove it on the command line. You'll probably get a "folder is in use..." error.
    Hi MilesAhead,

    I have tried it but got the same error “too long”
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  10. #20


    Posts : 68
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by rmonroe36 View Post
    Q-Dir (free) but personally have been using Directory Opus ($pricey) for years.Q-Dir the Quad Explorer for Windows - Q-Dir

    Rich
    Unfortunately, not working
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