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error when trying to copy large folder

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by semajjames, Apr 3, 2011.

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  1. semajjames

    semajjames Thread Starter

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    hi
    i am trying to copy a 300 bg folder from one hdd to another

    all i get is effor message "cannot copy file"

    is there a reason for this

    i have actualy copyed this folder before so i no not understand

    cheers
     
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  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Is it 300 MB or GB? If the destination drive is formatted FAT32, the maximum folder size is about 4 GB to you wouldn't be able to copy a 300 GB folder. If it is NTFS, it should work.
     
  4. semajjames

    semajjames Thread Starter

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    ok i appear to be working round this now by copying the sub folders seperatly

    but why does it not tell me which file will not copy

    why do i have to find it

    is this normall

    or is something not quite right
     
  5. semajjames

    semajjames Thread Starter

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    yeah they both NTFS

    i think i might have got to the bottom of it

    think it was a " file name too long "" thing

    is there any way round the file name to long thing
     
  6. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Filename too long errors can also be too many folder levels. I believe there is a limit of 255 characters in the path and file name. That would be the sum of characters in all the folder names in the path, in addition to the file name itself.
     
  7. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

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    If you something like TeraCopy it will give a much better progress and error report on what files it could not copy over and why.
     
  8. sonexpc

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    if may has some hidden protected file in your folder.... you can also use "Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier"
    http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=29

    Recently I find this program is very useful.... especially you HD have some minor problem..
     
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