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Copy trouble with long paths and filenames
Reader Daniel Leduc wants help with understanding the various limitations on path, file, and folder names, used by Windows and optical media.
- “I’ve been wondering about this for some time, and I thought it might be addressed by Fred.
“Often, when I copy files to a CD, I get a message saying that the path is too long. How is a too-long path allowed in the first place?
“I can see this happening if I tried to copy something like d:\special_files\users\dan\documents\text\deep1\deeper2\deepest3\list.txt, but I typically use shorter paths.
“Is it possible that the file system on the CD is more restrictive than the Windows file system?
“I can get around this limitation by zipping my files before copying, but it would be nice if I could do a straight copy — assuming I could figure what I needed to do to make that work.