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30-Sep-2008, 12:49 PM #1
Vista x64 / Cannot Delete Files - File Name Too Long
Hello,

I recently transferred a large quantity of files from my XP machine to my Vista x64 machine. All went well except for a small group of successfully transferred (Thunderbird) .eml files that cannot be opened, moved, copied, deleted, or renamed on the Vista machine.

If I try to delete the entire containing folder I get the following error:
This folder contains items whose names are too long for the recycle bin.

If I try to delete, open, copy or move the files themselves I get the following error:
The source file name(s) are larger than supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or try renaming to shorter file names before attempting this operation.

The right-click context menu does not display the "rename" option (although rename is available for other files)

Anyone know how I can get rid of these?
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30-Sep-2008, 04:15 PM #2
Can you move the folder to the root of the drive as in "C:" ? That may shorten the path enough to get them deleted. When you delete them hold the shift key to bypass the recycle bin.
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30-Sep-2008, 04:54 PM #3
Thanks for the suggestion but no, I can't seem to move the files or the folder anywhere. I'm able to rename the folder but that's about it. I should also mention that there is a folder hierarchy associated with this issue. The structure looks like this:

PARENT (empty)

SUB (empty)

SUB (empty)

SUB (empty)

SUB (empty)

SUB (contains the above referenced files)
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30-Sep-2008, 05:03 PM #4
You could try renaming all the subs to 1 character names. Otherwise, I'm at a loss other than attaching the drive to another OS that can handle it and delete from there.
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