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Error message "file name or extension is too long"

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#1 clint1


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:07 AM

During routine back up of large data folders from laptop with XP to Western Digital external drive I receive repeated error messages that either the file name or extension is too long. This did not used to happen, and many of the file names are rather short. Is this evidence of virus/malware or some other problem?

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:09 AM

can you provide an example of such a filename?

You have to remember that file names are restricted to 255 characters or less including spaces and file extensions.

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