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Windows 7: File name too long for the recycle bin

21 Jun 2012   #1

Win 7 64 bit
File name too long for the recycle bin

I want to backup my computer on an external hard drive, which must be clean before the backup.

There is one folder that I cannot delete. It is a folder with many subfolders. I cannot access the files in any of these subfolders.

The message I get is:

Do want to permanently delete this folder?
The folder contains items whose names are too long for the recycle bin.

How can I get past this? Any help will be much appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2012   #2
Hanna 1

win7 home premium-64bit-SP1-IE10

Did you try a file schredder :

File Shredder

Or if you want you can format the partition containing the said folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hanna 1 suggested the fastest and easiest fix, just format the external drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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