File name too long to copy

  KirstyK 20:13 21 May 2013

I am trying to copy all my folders and files from my memory stick onto my PC. I do it by right click, copy and paste. Some folders will not copy, saying 'file name too long'. Is there a way I can back up my usb memory stick another way so ALL files and folders get transferred to PC?

  wee eddie 21:59 21 May 2013

What is it Formatted as?

Probably FAT32 ~ Re-Format as NTFS.

That will allow you a longer File Name

  mgmcc 22:39 21 May 2013

You could try creating a Folder with the same name in the PC and then copy the contents (i.e. the files) within the folder from the memory stick to the PC.

  KirstyK 19:38 26 May 2013

Thank you; looked at different long path tools - can anyone recommend a particular one that would be good to help me copy all my memory stick files and folders to PC or is it just called 'Long Path Tool'?

  Fruitbat 2 17:21 05 Jun 2013

Will not copy from mem stick to PC

This sounds as if the memstick is formatted as NTFS but the PC is only FAT32.

You can convert and drive from FAT32 to NTFS (not the other way round) without losing data

If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  lotvic 18:45 05 Jun 2013

in case anyone wonders about the ref to 'long path tool', there was a Spam advert post for a prog to buy and FE has deleted the spam posts.

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