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Solved: File title too long to fit into Recyle Bin

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by redoak, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    When I tried to remove a couple dated data partition Cobian backups from my XHDD, the error message, 'File Title too large to fit into the Recycle Bin' appeared. The deletion of the several Gigs of data that was no longer needed was stopped. How do I manage to remove this material from the XHDD so that the space becomes available?

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  2. DoubleHelix

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    What is the error? Is it the title of the file is too long or the size of the file is too big? Those are different errors. A file too large to fit in the recycle bin should delete itself anyway. You just can't recover it from the recycle bin. If I remember correctly, that message will have a Yes and No button (or OK and Cancel). One of the choices will delete the file.
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply. It is the TITLE that is too long. I am familliar with the 'file too large' matter, as I run into it regularly. The default answer always works and the deletion goes on its way.
    [I must be becoming "wordy" to a fault!]
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  4. Bob Cerelli

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    To be certain, the exact error message is "File Title too large to fit into the Recycle Bin". Tried searching the Internet and didn't come up with that phrase.
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    You're going to have to post the exact text of the error. A screen shot would be even better.
     
  6. cmw2010

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    Came upon this , don't know how it will work but here it is:
    Run command (Click start, run, cmd).
    Go to the folder the file you want to delete. Something like "cd c:/somewhere"

    Figure out what the first few letters are or as many letters you need to make that file unique and type in
    del "uniquename"*

    Example:

    Folders File list:

    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx yzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.exe
    abc.exe
    abcd.exe

    You want to delete the long one and only the long one, so type
    del "abcdef"*
     
  7. cmw2010

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    If that doesn't work possibly this will:

    Ok open the Command Prompt window. Now move to the folder where these file are by using the CD command Example:
    CD c:\TheFolder
    Now run this command
    dir /x
    This will give a list of the short file names like abcdefg~.mpg. And then delete the file using the short file name.
     
  8. bbearren

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    Have you tried navigating to the file in Windows Explorer and renaming it to something shorter?
     
  9. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    Thanks all. I will be back with more specific info. I purposely used single (indirect) quotation marks to indicate the quote was not literal. The error message gave the suggestion to shorten the title, but I didn't see how I could locate the file(s) among many hundreds, perhaps thousands.

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  10. Bob Cerelli

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    Are you removing hundreds of files or just a "a couple dated data partition Cobian backups".

    Also if giving a quote, try an be accurate. We can't know roughly what it says when there are quotes. Makes getting a solution much faster for you.

    If it is thousands if files, try selecting a hundred or so at a time to delete. Should be able to find the problem one pretty quickly that way. Can also just see if one has an unusually long name if that is the error message.
     
  11. bbearren

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    If it is an outdated file(s) as you say, when you open Windows Explorer and navigate to your XHDD, sort the files by date. If you have a specific date in mind, you can rename all the files prior to that date.

    To do a bulk rename, select the file farthest down the list that you want to rename by clicking on it with the left mouse button. Move your mouse up the column to the top of the list of files and click on the topmost file while holding down the shift key.

    When the group of files you wish to delete have been highlighted, right-click the selected files and choose "Rename". Type in a name like "Deletable" and hit enter. The files will be renamed with a sequential numerical suffix.

    You can then use the same selection process on the newly renamed files, right-click the selection, and choose "Delete".
     
  12. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    First, let me say that I have managed to delete the Cobian backed up "Data Files" partition "D" that did contain hundreds if not thousands of individual files within many folders. I did this in ways similar to those suggested since I was here this morning. [I am beginning to be able to use simple computer 'smarts' in different cicumstances.] Essentially, I used "search" to find the offending files, and then changed the names.

    I made a print screen image of the error message, but the file is way too large to be accommodated as an attachment. Here, as accurately as possible, is the text of the message: "The folder {name of the partiton given by Cobian} contains items whose name is too long for the Recycle Bin. Do you want to permanently delete it. [yes] [yes to all] [no] [cancel]"

    When I clicked "yes to all," a second error message appeared virtually instantaneously (I didn't recall this this morning when I first posted.) saying access was denied to the file. It was at this point that the deletion process stopped when clicking "ok".

    I shall be more careful in the future in my quoting of error messages, etc.

    As always, I appreciate very much the responses and assistance I receive here at TSG. (y)

    I will close this Thread in a day or two.
    {redoak} ;)
     
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