Question about Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Transfer to the drive has become very slow.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I suggest you take a note from the message of which file/files is/are causing the problems and rename them. The whole file path counts toward the length, so if a number of files are under a folder with a long name, they might all be triggering the problem, and renaming the folder with the long name, to a shorter name, could solve many of the individual file problems. Aim for a full path name length of less than 256 characters.
And for files with symbols it can't read, have a careful look at all the characters in the full path name, and re-name any files using unusual characters. Stick to using alphabetic and numeric characters. If you know some files with special characters that you have successfully copied, then those characters would be OK too. I think comma, space, plus sign, minus sign, underscore, parentheses are OK, and there are some others.
Some applications will let you save files with long file names in their working folder, without checking the full path name, then when the operating system comes along and bulk-copies things, it's dealing with the full path name and stalls.
Another possibility I haven't tried, is to go into a folder with long file names, and compress everything into a zip file (give it a short name), then when the bulk-move utility moves it all, it doesn't have to deal directly with the long file names. You can unpack it at the other end. As I said, I haven't tried it, but it might work well for you if you don't want to rename the individual files.
Good luck on the big move.
Posted on Aug 04, 2009
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