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    Post Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Have you ever tried to backup some data to CD and received an error
    message from your burner software indicating that some path or filename
    is too long and therefore may not be backed up or readable if you
    continue the backup o CD?

    I run into this problem often and the only choice you really have at the
    time is to continue or allow the burner program to truncate the path
    or filename. Most times, after you have completed the burn, you
    have no idea which files were affected because they don't offer
    that info at the end of the process.

    I'm wondering is there is any utility program out there that I could
    run *before* I attempt to burn the data that would detect any long
    paths or fileneames and allow me to review and change them
    permanently on the hard drive so that the burn process will run
    smoothly now and in the future?

    I'm also wondering if Vista has solved or addressed this problem
    of filenames or paths that are too long to comply with CD burner
    processes.

    ---pete---
    Last edited by PeteF; 10-26-2007 at 02:15 PM.

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    What software are you running now Pete?

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    'm wondering is there is any utility program out there that I could
    run *before* I attempt to burn the data that would detect any long
    paths or fileneames and allow me to review and change them
    permanently on the hard drive so that the burn process will run
    smoothly now and in the future?
    It's probably with the program that checks removable media to see if there's enough space to copy intended files BEFORE the process starts. These are two areas Windows needs to improve. Haven't checked Vista to see if they worked on these problems.

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Pete,

    Usually this is when the path assignment exceeds 255 characters. A lot of time users forget to count the characters all the way from the root:

    c:\documents and settings\user name\ = 36 "characters" remember even spaces contain an ASCII weight. That is one reason I try to encourage users to keep to the 8.3 format unless it is extremely necessary to write a paragraph for a file name.

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeymole View Post
    What software are you running now Pete?
    You name it and I'm running it.
    I'm referring to the cd burning applications I come
    acrosss on so many of my customer's PCs.

    It's not a problem on my own PC because I'm carefull
    about not using long paths or filenames.

    ---pete---

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan18960 View Post
    Pete,

    Usually this is when the path assignment exceeds 255 characters. A lot of time users forget to count the characters all the way from the root:

    c:\documents and settings\user name\ = 36 "characters" remember even spaces contain an ASCII weight. That is one reason I try to encourage users to keep to the 8.3 format unless it is extremely necessary to write a paragraph for a file name.
    Ok Dan, thanks for clarifying what the 255 char limit is all about.
    See, I'm thinking that the OS ought to give the user a warning whenever
    they save a file and exceed the 255 char limit. But that might be wishing
    for too much, so at least I'd like to have a utility I could run that would
    check for the 255 char limit and allow you to fix things. Then all backups
    to CD would run very smoothly.

    Last time I ran into this problem I was operating NERO which allowed me
    to abort the burn process and open some kind of error log file where I
    was able to identify the offending file and then I had to manually take
    the proper measures to fix it permanently. So now i'm hoping to find a
    utilty that will make the entire process of detecting and fixing more
    streamlined.

    ---pete---

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Everyone,
    I just found a utlility that scans for invalid filenames and paths or files that are too long.
    I tried testing it but now I can't figure out how the heck to create a path and/or filename
    that is greater than 255 chars. It seems that WinXP won't allow me to create it.
    So now I'm wonderring how the heck so many people wind up with such long path
    + filenames. ---pete---



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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Another long file name app.
    Many CD burning programs will offer to rename the files for you but the result
    may not always be what you want. Apparently some don't.

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Are you confusing file name length with the combination of file name and path.

    As Dan said
    c:\documents and settings\user name\ = 36 "characters
    So right there 36 characters are used. As you continue to buy folders and the use a long file name in one of those folders within a folder within a folder an so forth, the characters in the path add up.

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    Re: Path or Filename too Long to Burn to CD

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Grana View Post
    Another long file name app.
    Many CD burning programs will offer to rename the files for you but the result
    may not always be what you want. Apparently some don't.
    Thanks Nick.
    I had a customer the other day with a recent version of Roxio Easy CD
    creator and we were attempting to backup some critical data. All it did
    was warn us that some files may not be readable if we continue the burn
    but the program did not offer to identify the files that would be affected.
    This made the customer so nervous that we were forced to abandon Roxio.

    This is why I need a program that will search for invalid files or paths
    and allow me to change them *before* we run any CD or DVD burning
    applictions. I want the CD or DVD burning process to go smoothly
    without any errors or warnings what so ever.

    ---pete---

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