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post #1 of 8
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When i copy some files from very deep subfolders i get the 260 character Max path limit
and some files i think are not copyed

For example i have this
S:\Goplay\Goplay setup\Sim games\sim simulatorgame\sim objects\sim objects backup
Then if i shorten one folder and place the files there it copy well..
Anything i can easy do without having to shorten the folders as i need the subfolders as they are?
This problem do happen when copying file back from the external to pc too.
is many folders,single files and rar files.
post #2 of 8
You can use robocopy and try to mirror the folder. for example

Robocopy /MIR /R:0

That should get through the 255 char limit set in windows. You can download robocopy from the micorosft site.

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post #3 of 8
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Is there a program that can scan a mainfolder for how deep it goes to see how much i need to shorten in the future when organizing the files
post #4 of 8
I hate how Explorer enforces this limit where the file system can perfectly accept long paths.
Anyway you either use robocopy as above, or create a symlink to shorten the path, copy your stuff, then delete the symlink.
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post #5 of 8
Not heard of symlink is it a third party application or something?

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Not heard of symlink is it a third party application or something?
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Symbolic link. You could create a symbolic link for target and destination paths to for example, C:\target and C:\destination, then copy between the symbolic links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_symbolic_link
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post #7 of 8
Nice idea, I've not used those before, I just stuck with robocopy.

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If your external drive is for backups and not actively used software/data, you can use 7Zip or similar and put the folders into either an uncompressed or lightly compressed archive file on the destination drive.
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