File name too long for destination folder

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  1. PlasmaShock

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    All I'm trying to do is move 5 files that don't even have long names to another folder. But no, vista has to up again and not let me move the files because the "file name is too long."

    How do you fix this without having to use command prompt? I have many, many folders to change and copy and I don't want to have to spend hours trying to remake folders, etc.
     
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    move them to c:? that should work. if not, the error message is actually false in that case.
     
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    They are already on c:

    So how do I fix that? It won't let me copy or even move the files :confused:
     
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    hm.. no clue right now :(

    i guess (just guess) it's a) a permission problem, or b) a file-still-in-use problem.

    you tried rebooting and then moving?

    you move it around on c: or to another disk?
     
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    It's not just file name, it's also path name. If the file + path is too long, you will get this message.

    There's also the possibility of a bad (disallowed) character being in the filename, for instance if the files are shared with a *nix based system.

    What's the full location of the files (both original and where you're moving to)?

    The limit in Vista is still 260 characters total. I forget if that includes slashes and drive letters, but it probably does.
     
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    I don't have any folders or file names that are >80 characters.

    For the location, they are in the same folder, but I created new folders with different names and I'm lining up the windows side by side so I can move them to the corresponding folder quicker.
     
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    i guess a print screen of those two windows side by side could give some insight.. if you want to post it.
     
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    There's private file names in there sorry. But the fact is why is windows having a problem with copying files to the same folder?

    I bet macs don't have this problem.
     
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    i bet they can (or just delete the file if something's weird about the copying.. they do that over network, at least :))

    but it's really hard to debug.. i just know you shouldn't have files on c:\ directly anyways, only in your user folders (documents, pictures, videos, music..). there, the rights are all fine..
     
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    I shortened the folder names and the files themselves don't have problems anymore.

    It seems that if I have long folder names, I can only have short file names. And If I have long file names, I can only have short folder names. I really hope windows does something to try and solve this restriction.

    I need both descriptive folder AND file names to be happy :(
     
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