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Windows 7: How to search Explorer for file names that are too long

12 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
How to search Explorer for file names that are too long

I'm trying to save a number of folders/files to my DVD that are rarely...if at all...used currently. When I try to burn them...I'm getting a failure saying a number of file names are too long ?

But...it doesn't say which files in which folders...Is there a way to search for any/all files that for whatever reason have file names that are too long for Windows and/or for the burning parameters of my DVD?

There's about 4 gig of files and scores of folders so it's not very easy to search folder by folder.

Thanks...TRinAZ

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12 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Use Imgburn

It may take a bit of reading to figure out the options. But for data discs you can set file system and options to allow file paths longer than 255 characters.

There's also a link to the forum to ask questions directly from the author. If you search there you should find guides detailing how to burn various types of disc.

Also you can try this tool to find paths that are too long:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/tlpd/

I just found it in search. Haven't tried it myself.

edit: I just gave this a cursory try. Seems to work well. You can search all drives or select the root of the search. Then it asks for a max.. default is 200. It pops up a text file with the paths of all files that are longer. Looks like a keeper.
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12 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

I'm with MilesAhead on this one.
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12 Oct 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

try, in the searchbos,
filename:~=word
where word is a word of your choice
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12 Oct 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

go to a dos command line prompt, in other words, run cmd.exe

cd /d d: (assuming data is on d drive)
dir word*.* /s /n

where you put whatever you want for "word"
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12 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

karlsnooks, I think you're confused The OP isn't trying to find all files containing a specific search term in their name...
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12 Oct 2011   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
karlsnooks, I think you're confused The OP isn't trying to find all files containing a specific search term in their name...
No,I'm not confused but thanks for the concern.
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12 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Sorry if I'm wrong. Please do explain what these commands are supposed to do, then...I'm curious.
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12 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I'm guessing what karl is getting at is /n switch uses long list format with filenames on the right hand side. If you redirect this into a text file I guess it can be seen which files have the longest names.

From what I've seen though TLPD.exe I got from source forge kicks ass. It's fast. Only thing some may not like is it uses Registry for data storage. Probably because it doesn't want to create a file until it's ready to display results.

Other than that it seems to be portable. I just put the exe in a directory in my PATH.

Edit: The AutoIt3 source code for TLPD may be downloaded from source forge. If you do AutoIt3 you may want to make a few tweaks. It uses a range for path length trigger of 3 to 255. 255 may be too short for some since I believe even in ANSI mode the longest total path is 260 characters.
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12 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Ah, I see... I guess it was the word*.* that threw me off. (Sorry again karlsnooks!)
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