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Undeletable file - error: filename too large?

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    Undeletable file - error: filename too large?


    Windows 8.1, restarted many times - explorer will not delete. effort sometimes crashes w. explorer. Eracer will not delete at boot.

    Background: A Cobian backup failed leaving a partial zip file of about 250 gig! (since then I have split the tasks!). I attempted to delete this zip file (using TeraCopy) and got most of it. However, it left behind, unable to delete, 170 small files in several folders totaling about 12 mb that all produce the same or very similar error message ( see attachment). I attempted to use Eraser to remove it at boot-time but that also failed.

    How can I delete this zip file remnant?

    Bill
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Maybe boot to command prompt and try deleting there. You do have the path to the files?
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I had that problem too.

    I just renamed the files.

    Like ppp.exe or whatever.
    Any letters seemed to work.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,288
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Have you tried deleting through 7Zip? You can also rename through it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I had that problem too.

    I just renamed the files.

    Like ppp.exe or whatever.
    Any letters seemed to work.
    That was the first thing I tried. Any attempt to rename crashes w. explorer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Have you tried deleting through 7Zip? You can also rename through it too.
    No because Cobian failed to zip the file. The config was set to 7Zip but it didn't happen. At 250+ gig, it was probably too big to zip?
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Briansdad1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Have you tried deleting through 7Zip? You can also rename through it too.
    No because Cobian failed to zip the file. The config was set to 7Zip but it didn't happen. At 250+ gig, it was probably too big to zip?
    I don't know. Hmmm.... do you have a Linux live disk, Ubuntu or Mint??? If yes boot into a live session and mount your windows c: partition and delete that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Maybe boot to command prompt and try deleting there. You do have the path to the files?
    MY ERROR - I SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT I AM TRYING TO DELETE THE FOLDER CONTAINING ALL THESE FILES WITH OVERLY LONG NAMES. *

    I was able to rename this folder (the the current foldername is junk2delete)
    At the command prompt



    And yet it appears in w. explorer. F5 refresh of the folder and it is still there.

    *BTW, results are the same whether I try to del this folder or the individual files. At 170+ of these long-named files (I DIDN'T NAME THEM!) buried in deeply nested folders, I'd like to just kill the folder.
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    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    Boot into a Linux live system and delete it from there. Linux does not know such file name restrictions.
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    Marion
    Posts : 111
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    It won't delete if you only change the folder name, and with long name with a big size, it will cause Windows Explorer to crash, which makes me wonder how the name was created in the first place.

    Boot the computer into safe mode and try to delete the file from there.
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