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Windows 7: Path is too Deep : Error Message


05 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Path is too Deep : Error Message

I have a big problem in my hands, Please, Help me solve it.
So, here it is:

I installed Windows 7068 in my Asus G2s Notebook, and everything worked just fine for like 2 months. But, the 7100 version was released, and i wanted it, so i backed some important files up, and formatted my computer. The installation was fine, but, when i was restoring my files from the backup, there was a particular file that wouldn't copy.

It is Fallout 3.iso file. I tried copying it like, 10 times, and everytime i tried to copy, it would stop at 2.4gb +-. After it stopped, explorer wouldnt respond, and its process couldn't be finalized. So, the only solution was to shut down the computer. I tried many things, to see if i could solve the problem (without any sucess)

-Gave full permission to the Folder and Hard Drive
-Tried to copy the file inside the HD and copy it again to my hard drive, but even copying inside the HD, it would stop at 2.4gb.
-Tried many other things, with no sucess.

Until i tried it on my mom's XP Notebook. I copied it, and on 2.4 GB it would say : Cannot copy Fallout3.iso Path is too Deep

Tried everything, but none of it worked.

Please help me, i'm desperate.

Note: Fallout 3 is on a External 2.5 Hard Drive
Note2: The file weigh's 5.52 GB

Helpful note: I'm trying to copy the file from:
E:\Fallout 3.iso
To:
C:\Users\Alex\Desktop


Thank you very much, i really want your help.
Alex.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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05 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

That last error message is odd, it's almost like the copy is actually looking INSIDE the iso for some reason as it is copying, as if it were copying a folder.

It is (and always has been) easy to programatically create a path longer than the windows UI can handle. It's entirely possible that a long path was put into the ISO purposely to prevent copying (though I still don't know why the windows UI would be looking into the iso)

I guess you have tried copying it from the command line?

Might also try renaming the file to a.b and then try copying that to c:\ and renaming it back...

Or use another file copy tool and not windows itself to copy it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Path is limited in length so probably there are folder inside folders inside folders.... What you can do is to use powerISO to open the *.iso a piece at a time if you have to. expand the files to a single folder (as close to the top layer as you can) then xcopy them to where ever they need to be.

Hope this helps

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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05 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Alex,

Have a look at Robocopy. Note that for best results, you will need to run this from an Elevated Command Prompt
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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7100]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>robocopy /?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Started : Fri Jun 05 20:32:30 2009
              Usage :: ROBOCOPY source destination [file [file]...] [options]
             source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
        destination :: Destination Dir  (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
               file :: File(s) to copy  (names/wildcards: default is "*.*").
::
:: Copy options :
::
                 /S :: copy Subdirectories, but not empty ones.
                 /E :: copy subdirectories, including Empty ones.
             /LEV:n :: only copy the top n LEVels of the source directory tree.
                 /Z :: copy files in restartable mode.
                 /B :: copy files in Backup mode.
                /ZB :: use restartable mode; if access denied use Backup mode.
            /EFSRAW :: copy all encrypted files in EFS RAW mode.
  /COPY:copyflag[s] :: what to COPY for files (default is /COPY:DAT).
                       (copyflags : D=Data, A=Attributes, T=Timestamps).
                       (S=Security=NTFS ACLs, O=Owner info, U=aUditing info).
           /DCOPY:T :: COPY Directory Timestamps.
               /SEC :: copy files with SECurity (equivalent to /COPY:DATS).
           /COPYALL :: COPY ALL file info (equivalent to /COPY:DATSOU).
            /NOCOPY :: COPY NO file info (useful with /PURGE).
            /SECFIX :: FIX file SECurity on all files, even skipped files.
            /TIMFIX :: FIX file TIMes on all files, even skipped files.
             /PURGE :: delete dest files/dirs that no longer exist in source.
               /MIR :: MIRror a directory tree (equivalent to /E plus /PURGE).
               /MOV :: MOVe files (delete from source after copying).
              /MOVE :: MOVE files AND dirs (delete from source after copying).
     /A+:[RASHCNET] :: add the given Attributes to copied files.
     /A-:[RASHCNET] :: remove the given Attributes from copied files.
            /CREATE :: CREATE directory tree and zero-length files only.
               /FAT :: create destination files using 8.3 FAT file names only.
               /256 :: turn off very long path (> 256 characters) support.
             /MON:n :: MONitor source; run again when more than n changes seen.
             /MOT:m :: MOnitor source; run again in m minutes Time, if changed.
      /RH:hhmm-hhmm :: Run Hours - times when new copies may be started.
                /PF :: check run hours on a Per File (not per pass) basis.
             /IPG:n :: Inter-Packet Gap (ms), to free bandwidth on slow lines.
                /SL :: copy symbolic links versus the target.
            /MT[:n] :: Do multi-threaded copies with n threads (default 8).
                       n must be at least 1 and not greater than 128.
                       This option is incompatible with the /IPG and /EFSRAW opt
ions.
                       Redirect output using /LOG option for better performance.
 
::
:: File Selection Options :
::
                 /A :: copy only files with the Archive attribute set.
                 /M :: copy only files with the Archive attribute and reset it.
    /IA:[RASHCNETO] :: Include only files with any of the given Attributes set.
    /XA:[RASHCNETO] :: eXclude files with any of the given Attributes set.
 /XF file [file]... :: eXclude Files matching given names/paths/wildcards.
 /XD dirs [dirs]... :: eXclude Directories matching given names/paths.
                /XC :: eXclude Changed files.
                /XN :: eXclude Newer files.
                /XO :: eXclude Older files.
                /XX :: eXclude eXtra files and directories.
                /XL :: eXclude Lonely files and directories.
                /IS :: Include Same files.
                /IT :: Include Tweaked files.
             /MAX:n :: MAXimum file size - exclude files bigger than n bytes.
             /MIN:n :: MINimum file size - exclude files smaller than n bytes.
          /MAXAGE:n :: MAXimum file AGE - exclude files older than n days/date.
          /MINAGE:n :: MINimum file AGE - exclude files newer than n days/date.
          /MAXLAD:n :: MAXimum Last Access Date - exclude files unused since n.
          /MINLAD:n :: MINimum Last Access Date - exclude files used since n.
                       (If n < 1900 then n = n days, else n = YYYYMMDD date).
                /XJ :: eXclude Junction points. (normally included by default).
               /FFT :: assume FAT File Times (2-second granularity).
               /DST :: compensate for one-hour DST time differences.
               /XJD :: eXclude Junction points for Directories.
               /XJF :: eXclude Junction points for Files.
::
:: Retry Options :
::
               /R:n :: number of Retries on failed copies: default 1 million.
               /W:n :: Wait time between retries: default is 30 seconds.
               /REG :: Save /R:n and /W:n in the Registry as default settings.
               /TBD :: wait for sharenames To Be Defined (retry error 67).
::
:: Logging Options :
::
                 /L :: List only - don't copy, timestamp or delete any files.
                 /X :: report all eXtra files, not just those selected.
                 /V :: produce Verbose output, showing skipped files.
                /TS :: include source file Time Stamps in the output.
                /FP :: include Full Pathname of files in the output.
             /BYTES :: Print sizes as bytes.
                /NS :: No Size - don't log file sizes.
                /NC :: No Class - don't log file classes.
               /NFL :: No File List - don't log file names.
               /NDL :: No Directory List - don't log directory names.
                /NP :: No Progress - don't display percentage copied.
               /ETA :: show Estimated Time of Arrival of copied files.
          /LOG:file :: output status to LOG file (overwrite existing log).
         /LOG+:file :: output status to LOG file (append to existing log).
       /UNILOG:file :: output status to LOG file as UNICODE (overwrite existing
log).
      /UNILOG+:file :: output status to LOG file as UNICODE (append to existing
log).
               /TEE :: output to console window, as well as the log file.
               /NJH :: No Job Header.
               /NJS :: No Job Summary.
           /UNICODE :: output status as UNICODE.
::
:: Job Options :
::
       /JOB:jobname :: take parameters from the named JOB file.
      /SAVE:jobname :: SAVE parameters to the named job file
              /QUIT :: QUIT after processing command line (to view parameters).
              /NOSD :: NO Source Directory is specified.
              /NODD :: NO Destination Directory is specified.
                /IF :: Include the following Files.
C:\Windows\system32>
The syntax you require is
Code:
ROBOCOPY "E:\" "C:\Users\Alex\Desktop" "Fallout 3.iso"


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2009   #5

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Might also be your anti-virus trying to scan the long file name. Try disabling anti-virus on sending and receiving system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oneextraid View Post
Might also be your anti-virus trying to scan the long file name. Try disabling anti-virus on sending and receiving system.
Hello, I didn't even install an Anti-Virus.
But thanks!
Alex.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Hi Alex,

Have a look at Robocopy. Note that for best results, you will need to run this from an Elevated Command Prompt
Attachment 13346

Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7100]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>robocopy /?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   ROBOCOPY     ::     Robust File Copy for Windows
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Started : Fri Jun 05 20:32:30 2009
              Usage :: ROBOCOPY source destination [file [file]...] [options]
             source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
        destination :: Destination Dir  (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
               file :: File(s) to copy  (names/wildcards: default is "*.*").
::
:: Copy options :
::
                 /S :: copy Subdirectories, but not empty ones.
                 /E :: copy subdirectories, including Empty ones.
             /LEV:n :: only copy the top n LEVels of the source directory tree.
                 /Z :: copy files in restartable mode.
                 /B :: copy files in Backup mode.
                /ZB :: use restartable mode; if access denied use Backup mode.
            /EFSRAW :: copy all encrypted files in EFS RAW mode.
  /COPY:copyflag[s] :: what to COPY for files (default is /COPY:DAT).
                       (copyflags : D=Data, A=Attributes, T=Timestamps).
                       (S=Security=NTFS ACLs, O=Owner info, U=aUditing info).
           /DCOPY:T :: COPY Directory Timestamps.
               /SEC :: copy files with SECurity (equivalent to /COPY:DATS).
           /COPYALL :: COPY ALL file info (equivalent to /COPY:DATSOU).
            /NOCOPY :: COPY NO file info (useful with /PURGE).
            /SECFIX :: FIX file SECurity on all files, even skipped files.
            /TIMFIX :: FIX file TIMes on all files, even skipped files.
             /PURGE :: delete dest files/dirs that no longer exist in source.
               /MIR :: MIRror a directory tree (equivalent to /E plus /PURGE).
               /MOV :: MOVe files (delete from source after copying).
              /MOVE :: MOVE files AND dirs (delete from source after copying).
     /A+:[RASHCNET] :: add the given Attributes to copied files.
     /A-:[RASHCNET] :: remove the given Attributes from copied files.
            /CREATE :: CREATE directory tree and zero-length files only.
               /FAT :: create destination files using 8.3 FAT file names only.
               /256 :: turn off very long path (> 256 characters) support.
             /MON:n :: MONitor source; run again when more than n changes seen.
             /MOT:m :: MOnitor source; run again in m minutes Time, if changed.
      /RH:hhmm-hhmm :: Run Hours - times when new copies may be started.
                /PF :: check run hours on a Per File (not per pass) basis.
             /IPG:n :: Inter-Packet Gap (ms), to free bandwidth on slow lines.
                /SL :: copy symbolic links versus the target.
            /MT[:n] :: Do multi-threaded copies with n threads (default 8).
                       n must be at least 1 and not greater than 128.
                       This option is incompatible with the /IPG and /EFSRAW opt
ions.
                       Redirect output using /LOG option for better performance.
 
::
:: File Selection Options :
::
                 /A :: copy only files with the Archive attribute set.
                 /M :: copy only files with the Archive attribute and reset it.
    /IA:[RASHCNETO] :: Include only files with any of the given Attributes set.
    /XA:[RASHCNETO] :: eXclude files with any of the given Attributes set.
 /XF file [file]... :: eXclude Files matching given names/paths/wildcards.
 /XD dirs [dirs]... :: eXclude Directories matching given names/paths.
                /XC :: eXclude Changed files.
                /XN :: eXclude Newer files.
                /XO :: eXclude Older files.
                /XX :: eXclude eXtra files and directories.
                /XL :: eXclude Lonely files and directories.
                /IS :: Include Same files.
                /IT :: Include Tweaked files.
             /MAX:n :: MAXimum file size - exclude files bigger than n bytes.
             /MIN:n :: MINimum file size - exclude files smaller than n bytes.
          /MAXAGE:n :: MAXimum file AGE - exclude files older than n days/date.
          /MINAGE:n :: MINimum file AGE - exclude files newer than n days/date.
          /MAXLAD:n :: MAXimum Last Access Date - exclude files unused since n.
          /MINLAD:n :: MINimum Last Access Date - exclude files used since n.
                       (If n < 1900 then n = n days, else n = YYYYMMDD date).
                /XJ :: eXclude Junction points. (normally included by default).
               /FFT :: assume FAT File Times (2-second granularity).
               /DST :: compensate for one-hour DST time differences.
               /XJD :: eXclude Junction points for Directories.
               /XJF :: eXclude Junction points for Files.
::
:: Retry Options :
::
               /R:n :: number of Retries on failed copies: default 1 million.
               /W:n :: Wait time between retries: default is 30 seconds.
               /REG :: Save /R:n and /W:n in the Registry as default settings.
               /TBD :: wait for sharenames To Be Defined (retry error 67).
::
:: Logging Options :
::
                 /L :: List only - don't copy, timestamp or delete any files.
                 /X :: report all eXtra files, not just those selected.
                 /V :: produce Verbose output, showing skipped files.
                /TS :: include source file Time Stamps in the output.
                /FP :: include Full Pathname of files in the output.
             /BYTES :: Print sizes as bytes.
                /NS :: No Size - don't log file sizes.
                /NC :: No Class - don't log file classes.
               /NFL :: No File List - don't log file names.
               /NDL :: No Directory List - don't log directory names.
                /NP :: No Progress - don't display percentage copied.
               /ETA :: show Estimated Time of Arrival of copied files.
          /LOG:file :: output status to LOG file (overwrite existing log).
         /LOG+:file :: output status to LOG file (append to existing log).
       /UNILOG:file :: output status to LOG file as UNICODE (overwrite existing
log).
      /UNILOG+:file :: output status to LOG file as UNICODE (append to existing
log).
               /TEE :: output to console window, as well as the log file.
               /NJH :: No Job Header.
               /NJS :: No Job Summary.
           /UNICODE :: output status as UNICODE.
::
:: Job Options :
::
       /JOB:jobname :: take parameters from the named JOB file.
      /SAVE:jobname :: SAVE parameters to the named job file
              /QUIT :: QUIT after processing command line (to view parameters).
              /NOSD :: NO Source Directory is specified.
              /NODD :: NO Destination Directory is specified.
                /IF :: Include the following Files.
C:\Windows\system32>
The syntax you require is
Code:
ROBOCOPY "E:\" "C:\Users\Alex\Desktop" "Fallout 3.iso"
Thank you very much for your help, but it stopped copying at 41.5%.
Same symptoms, it wouldn't close and it wouldn't respond.
I had to reboot the computer. But that doesn't matters.
What can i do to help diagnosing the problem?

Thanks,
Alex.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Path is limited in length so probably there are folder inside folders inside folders.... What you can do is to use powerISO to open the *.iso a piece at a time if you have to. expand the files to a single folder (as close to the top layer as you can) then xcopy them to where ever they need to be.

Hope this helps

Ken
I'm sorry, but i didn't understand very well.
What did you mean by opening a iso piece at a time and expanding it to a single folder?

Thanks,
Alex.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
That last error message is odd, it's almost like the copy is actually looking INSIDE the iso for some reason as it is copying, as if it were copying a folder.

It is (and always has been) easy to programatically create a path longer than the windows UI can handle. It's entirely possible that a long path was put into the ISO purposely to prevent copying (though I still don't know why the windows UI would be looking into the iso)

I guess you have tried copying it from the command line?

Might also try renaming the file to a.b and then try copying that to c:\ and renaming it back...

Or use another file copy tool and not windows itself to copy it.
Hello.
How can i program to create a path longer than Windows UI can handle?
Ah, and i already tried TeraCopy or something like that, it didn't work.
And im going to try the a.b thing. Be Right back with ur answers.







Please don't give up, i really need this game :P
Thanks, Alex.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
Hello.
How can i program to create a path longer than Windows UI can handle?
Ah, and i already tried TeraCopy or something like that, it didn't work.
And im going to try the a.b thing. Be Right back with ur answers.
The Windows UI and shell can only handly path names of 260 characters or less, but the NT file system and kernel can actually handle file names as long as 2 or 4k or something.

I once accidentally worte code that created a recursive folder that was > 260 characters deep and getting rid of it was a chore. Had to write more code to traverse it and delete itself recursivly the same way it was created.

But it just ocurred to me that its also entirely possiuble that the file (the file system actually) is corrupted on your source media. meaning that nothing short of a deep disk repair untility will get it off and then there may be missing data. The path name too long error may be a red herring caused by a broken file system :/

Maybe some kind of ISO inspection program can try to open it and browse the contents? See if it is really all there?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
The Windows UI and shell can only handly path names of 260 characters or less, but the NT file system and kernel can actually handle file names as long as 2 or 4k or something.

I once accidentally worte code that created a recursive folder that was > 260 characters deep and getting rid of it was a chore. Had to write more code to traverse it and delete itself recursivly the same way it was created.

But it just ocurred to me that its also entirely possiuble that the file (the file system actually) is corrupted on your source media. meaning that nothing short of a deep disk repair untility will get it off and then there may be missing data. The path name too long error may be a red herring caused by a broken file system :/

Maybe some kind of ISO inspection program can try to open it and browse the contents? See if it is really all there?

Well, you see, i did one time accidentally shut the Hard Drive by an accident down ( It had Optimize for Performance on Device Manager.
So, should i run a Check Disk?

Which ISO inspection program would you recommend?

Thank you,
Alex.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try PowerIso, or Isobuster.

They should be able to let you see what's inside - the free versions will do.

You may find you can move it with a bootable disc that has a File Manager.

If you have a Paragon product , they have the File transfer wizard on the boot disc, otherwise they do a freebie that also has it - try booting the cd and copy it new location.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/

Once you know it has copied properly, delete the old one.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jun 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Try PowerIso, or Isobuster.

They should be able to let you see what's inside - the free versions will do.

You may find you can move it with a bootable disc that has a File Manager.

If you have a Paragon product , they have the File transfer wizard on the boot disc, otherwise they do a freebie that also has it - try booting the cd and copy it new location.

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Once you know it has copied properly, delete the old one.

There is no need of any assistance furtherly
Thank you all, but the file was actually corrupted.
Somehow, the most important file of my backup was targetted to be corrupted (by bill gates lolz) :P

Well, i'm just downloading it. It is legal isn't it?
If i bought it legally, and lost it, i can download it, right?

Thank you all,
Alex.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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