Can't get long file names to work, any ideas?


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hello! i'm trying to copy files from an external USB drive (NTFS) to a NAS drive (EXT4) using Windows Explorer and getting the long file names error (ie path is longer than 255 characters). i have tried to get long files names to work, but the group policy doesn't seem to do anything.. in Group Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Filesystem > Enable NTFS long paths, restart computer; i have also confirmed that the value in the registry is set correctly- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\LongPathsEnabled set to 1.

i have tried the file copy from computers with and without the creators update (all other updates installed) and i don't think this is a NAS issue because i can copy the files from a linux live CD without issue.

i'm hoping that this is just something simple that i'm missing, i've been looking around and haven't found any other fixes.

many thanks!
 
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yes that was the first thing i tried, but i have since discovered that file (aka windows) explorer does not support this setting, so i guess i have to find an alternative.. i could try robocopy but would much rather use a gui if at all possible.. does anyone know of a built in alternative to file explorer besides robocopy that supports this setting?
 

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How long is the Path?

With a 260 Character limit for longfilepath's, this is broken down to:
  • 248 characters for the path + additional 12 characters for file name = 260 characters in total.

You may need to simplify your file path or filename.
 
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thanks, i was thinking about those options as well.. doesn't seem like there's an easy fix for this, more of a manual approach- unless i can find some tool that supports the long path names..
 
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Have you tried totalcommander yet?? I have a few files that exceed above mentioned path/filename length. It always asks me if I want to keep the filename or change it.
Might be worth looking into.....
 

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