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Windows 7: Long File Names Question ?

25 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Long File Names Question ?


I generally have pretty long File names on files on my pc.
Not sure what the limit in digits is, but generally no problem.

But, if I try to download many of these with a particularly long file name to
a USB memory stick, it comes back with an error MSG. That the name is too long.

But, it wasn't too long on my pc. Why is this happening ?

Is this just a limitation of the USB stick, or...?


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25 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

How is the USB formatted? Probably FAT32 which is what is causing the problem. Try formatting it NTFS and it should be okay.

From Computer, right click and select Properties to see what the current format is.
Right click and select Format to change it to NTFS. Quick format is sufficient.
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26 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You may be suffering from the same problem that I had recently in trying to back up files from a server to a usb. Although I didn't realise it, Win7 has a 260 char limit on the total path length + filename. Although it may be ok in the original position it may not be in the location you're copying to.
If you look in the thread here you can see what I did to fix it.
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