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Solved Undeletable file - error: filename too large?


Briansdad1

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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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Maybe boot to command prompt and try deleting there. You do have the path to the files?
 

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#3
I had that problem too.

I just renamed the files.

Like ppp.exe or whatever.
Any letters seemed to work.
 

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Have you tried deleting through 7Zip? You can also rename through it too.
 

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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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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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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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Command Prompt

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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Boot into a Linux live system and delete it from there. Linux does not know such file name restrictions.
 

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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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Try this:
rmdir /junk2delete
Should delete the whole directory.
 

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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.
It might come from a download (torrent, usenet, whatever) created on a Linux machine. I had this problem once too. My solution was to boot into a Linux system (I've got a dual boot setup ) and delete it from there.
 

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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.
It might come from a download (torrent, usenet, whatever) created on a Linux machine. I had this problem once too. My solution was to boot into a Linux system (I've got a dual boot setup ) and delete it from there.
[Off topic: Man, it's hard to find a way to make an attachment here]

rmdir failed, "the directory is not empty"

NEW WRINKLE:
THE OFFENDING DIRECTORY/FILES IS ON AN EXTERNAL DRIVE. I tried the freeware MoveOnBot and it reported "A folder from an external drive can not be deleted" Does that mean anything to anyone that could be helpful?
 

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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.
It might come from a download (torrent, usenet, whatever) created on a Linux machine. I had this problem once too. My solution was to boot into a Linux system (I've got a dual boot setup ) and delete it from there.
Looks like I have to download and create a Linux disk. Don't have time to do that right away but I will report back when I can get to it.
Bill
 

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Sorry, forgot the switch: rmdir /s /junk2delete
Removes the dir and all subdirs and files.
 

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Sorry, forgot the switch: rmdir /s /junk2delete
Removes the dir and all subdirs and files.
YES! this worked - junk2delet folder is gone! Been a LONG time since I did much with command line. I forgot the /s too and didn't even think to /? the rmdir command. Thank you for your help!
 

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Coming from a Mac/Linux background I'm not that familiar with Windows cmdline switches; had to look it up.
Glad you got it sorted.
 

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You could also use the Long Path Tool which will let you easily delete, copy or rename long path files. Works for me all the time!
 

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