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Windows 7: "Destination Path Too Long"

08 Sep 2010   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It may also be due to the type of file formatting you'll use on the disc. I would suggest using something other than the Windows built in burning app, so you have more control over the format of the disc.


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08 Sep 2010   #12
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Please, do you have a DVD+R burning application recommendation for somebody who really just wants functionality similar to robocopy, a unix recursive copy, etc. that is not constrained by the path depth of 8 and the Win 7 Explorer path length?
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08 Sep 2010   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The path depth could be due to a joliet format, or whatever it is called. Just about any free burning app should be able to burn the data you want archived. I prefer CDBurnerXP, but there are plenty of others.
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08 Sep 2010   #14
DanielHieb

windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DanielHieb View Post
The action item i reccomend is to:

A> Copy the Files to a shorter path
B> Put important data into a single folder and create a virtual drive to the really long path. EXAMPLE to use in CMD prompt:

Subst Z: "C:\Really\Really\Really\Long\But\Valid\Pathname\with\the\files\you\are\trying\to\backup"
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A> and B> are two separate options <fyi>. -And, maybe if the folder count limitation is just near it's threshold, reducing the path by a bit (i.e. Subst Z: "c:\users") might help - if the character count is the problem. Hope you find a good workaround. Also wondering, how come you can't use Windows 7 Backup or easy transfer (seeing that you're backing up user's documents etc)?
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08 Sep 2010   #15
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

DanielHieb, thanks but copying to a shorter path is not an option because that would ruin more than one thing, including Visual Studio projects. I don't want to use Win 7's backup because it requires you to take the previous backup and put it in the drive when you want to do a new backup. The reason I don't want to is because I'm opposed to that type of use of a backup medium.
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08 Sep 2010   #16
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Have you considered just using SyncToy with an external drive? That would greatly simplify what you are trying to accomplish.
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08 Sep 2010   #17
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

DeaconFrost, Thanks suggestions. My perusal of CNet was discouraging because people said a popular backup app has documentation in Italian and I used to use one from LG the drive maker and I didn't like their language either.

I have totally forgotten about CDBurnerXP so thanks for the reminder. I vaguely remember using it for something a few years ago so there's a good chance it will satisfy my needs if the image on the DVD will be simply a tree like the one on my hard drive. I don't want any proprietary formats tied to a particular backup application. Not in a million years.
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08 Sep 2010   #18
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Since you seem very concerned about preserving paths, I'd consider going with my SyncToy recommendation. You can easily preserve paths and restore as well.
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08 Sep 2010   #19
broiyan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

SyncToy cannot burn DVD+R media. It probably can't burn optical media at all by default. I did not investigate if there is any configuration setting that will allow it.

I tested CDBurnerXP with 9 deep nested folders and it worked and the very long path also worked. CDBurnerXP does not appear to have a restore capability. I guess it is meant for backing up movies that you will never restore, just watch straight off the DVD.

I have no idea if Windows Explorer is capable of doing a restore 9 deep and with a long path but at least I have a backup so I feel safer now.

What good is a backup if you don't know if you can restore? I guess I can restore to linux if need be.
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08 Sep 2010   #20
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Why not just throw it all into a self-extracting 7zip archive? Then the path length becomes irrelevant you also shrink the size somewhat. (Depending on what you compress.)
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