08-29-2011 04:50 PM
I have a Seagate Expansion external harddrive 2 TB. It takes most of the files I am backing up from my computer except that occsionaly I get a message “The file name is too long for destination folder.” The file name will be quite long when this happens, and in order to copy it over I have to find the file then shorten it manually. If the computer accepted this name why can’t the external hard drive? Is there a way to make it universally accept all file names?
08-30-2011 06:41 AM
You didn't include a specific operating system with your question, but this applies to all in more or less the same fashion.
Each operating system has a certain limitation for the length of file names, i.e. Windows XP allows 255 characters, Vista 260, etc..
However, when you move data to a location such as an external drive, the path to it is considered part of the name.
To work around the limitations this can pose, many people choose to move the data directly to the root of the external storage device.
08-31-2011 09:47 AM
Sorry for not having explained "root" properly
The following is taken from a wikipedia article that explains it all very well: