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Ray
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:39 am    Post subject: Long File Names Error- Windows XP - Unable to copy files bet
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I have a Windows XP Home System with all the latest Service packs and patches
installed; and it has a primary IDE Hard disk and a secondary SCSI HDD
and an IDE CDWriter/DVD.

When I tried to copy files between these drives, it results in the following
error:
" Cannot copy. .....filename..... The resulting file name is too long.
Specify a different file name".

However, I do not have any problem copying same files from/to these drives
to an USB memory Stick and vice-a-versa.

These long files are typically IE favorites or some other downloaded files.

This problem started appearing only in the last one or two months, after
upgrading to additional patches on Service Pack2. This problem was not there
with SP2.

Many of my friends with XP / Home editions have similar problems of copying
long filename files, which we used to copy without any problem few months
earlier. Perhaps it is time for Microsoft to look in to this error.

Unable to get any help from any where on the internet or newsgroups for this
one.
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Walter Clayton
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Since: Feb 20, 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:59 am    Post subject: Re: Long File Names Error- Windows XP - Unable to copy files [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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The problem is not SP2, nor is it a problem with any other platform per se.
It's a limitation of the file system. It can only handle file names of a
certain length. Technically the same is true on HD, USB drives etc.

--
Walter Clayton
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.


"Ray" wrote in message

 >I have a Windows XP Home System with all the latest Service packs and
 >patches
 > installed; and it has a primary IDE Hard disk and a secondary SCSI HDD
 > and an IDE CDWriter/DVD.
 >
 > When I tried to copy files between these drives, it results in the
 > following
 > error:
 > " Cannot copy. .....filename..... The resulting file name is too long.
 > Specify a different file name".
 >
 > However, I do not have any problem copying same files from/to these drives
 > to an USB memory Stick and vice-a-versa.
 >
 > These long files are typically IE favorites or some other downloaded
 > files.
 >
 > This problem started appearing only in the last one or two months, after
 > upgrading to additional patches on Service Pack2. This problem was not
 > there
 > with SP2.
 >
 > Many of my friends with XP / Home editions have similar problems of
 > copying
 > long filename files, which we used to copy without any problem few months
 > earlier. Perhaps it is time for Microsoft to look in to this error.
 >
 > Unable to get any help from any where on the internet or newsgroups for
 > this
 > one.
 >
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Ray
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:59 am    Post subject: Re: Long File Names Error- Windows XP - Unable to copy files [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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I am not saying that this is a problem with SP2. I did not have this problem
until recently, I was able to move the "SAME" files regularly between these
drives. The problem started only recently. No BIOS changes were made.

"Walter Clayton" wrote:

 > The problem is not SP2, nor is it a problem with any other platform per se.
 > It's a limitation of the file system. It can only handle file names of a
 > certain length. Technically the same is true on HD, USB drives etc.
 >
 > --
 > Walter Clayton
 > Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
 >
 >


  > >I have a Windows XP Home System with all the latest Service packs and
  > >patches
  > > installed; and it has a primary IDE Hard disk and a secondary SCSI HDD
  > > and an IDE CDWriter/DVD.
  > >
  > > When I tried to copy files between these drives, it results in the
  > > following
  > > error:
  > > " Cannot copy. .....filename..... The resulting file name is too long.
  > > Specify a different file name".
  > >
  > > However, I do not have any problem copying same files from/to these drives
  > > to an USB memory Stick and vice-a-versa.
  > >
  > > These long files are typically IE favorites or some other downloaded
  > > files.
  > >
  > > This problem started appearing only in the last one or two months, after
  > > upgrading to additional patches on Service Pack2. This problem was not
  > > there
  > > with SP2.
  > >
  > > Many of my friends with XP / Home editions have similar problems of
  > > copying
  > > long filename files, which we used to copy without any problem few months
  > > earlier. Perhaps it is time for Microsoft to look in to this error.
  > >
  > > Unable to get any help from any where on the internet or newsgroups for
  > > this
  > > one.
  > >
 >
 >
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Walter Clayton
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Long File Names Error- Windows XP - Unable to copy files [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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The file name themselves have changed. Which, with favorites can happen as
you add.

There is not a problem.

--
Walter Clayton
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.


"Ray" wrote in message

 >I am not saying that this is a problem with SP2. I did not have this
 >problem
 > until recently, I was able to move the "SAME" files regularly between
 > these
 > drives. The problem started only recently. No BIOS changes were made.
 >
 > "Walter Clayton" wrote:
 >
  >> The problem is not SP2, nor is it a problem with any other platform per
  >> se.
  >> It's a limitation of the file system. It can only handle file names of a
  >> certain length. Technically the same is true on HD, USB drives etc.
  >>
  >> --
  >> Walter Clayton
  >> Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
  >>
  >>


   >> >I have a Windows XP Home System with all the latest Service packs and
   >> >patches
   >> > installed; and it has a primary IDE Hard disk and a secondary SCSI HDD
   >> > and an IDE CDWriter/DVD.
   >> >
   >> > When I tried to copy files between these drives, it results in the
   >> > following
   >> > error:
   >> > " Cannot copy. .....filename..... The resulting file name is too long.
   >> > Specify a different file name".
   >> >
   >> > However, I do not have any problem copying same files from/to these
   >> > drives
   >> > to an USB memory Stick and vice-a-versa.
   >> >
   >> > These long files are typically IE favorites or some other downloaded
   >> > files.
   >> >
   >> > This problem started appearing only in the last one or two months,
   >> > after
   >> > upgrading to additional patches on Service Pack2. This problem was not
   >> > there
   >> > with SP2.
   >> >
   >> > Many of my friends with XP / Home editions have similar problems of
   >> > copying
   >> > long filename files, which we used to copy without any problem few
   >> > months
   >> > earlier. Perhaps it is time for Microsoft to look in to this error.
   >> >
   >> > Unable to get any help from any where on the internet or newsgroups for
   >> > this
   >> > one.
   >> >
  >>
  >>
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Noelangelo



Joined: Apr 08, 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: Long File Names Error- Windows XP - Unable to copy files [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I had the same problem before even with newly installed SP2.
I googled it on the internet and found no answer or solution or any way around this problem.
But I’ve found a small utility called CanCopy that copy those long filename files without problem.

At the time, I didn’t realize that I have corrupted file in the list of files I want to copy.
This CanCopy didn’t stop the process but continue until all file (except corrupted one)
were copied and give me an error log about which file that cannot be copied. http://cancopy.net/
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swissnev



Joined: Aug 21, 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I have the same problem on all windows platforms. Use cancopy - solves the problem! 5 day free trial, full license $9 Very Happy

www.cancopy.net
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