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Copying long filename from NTFS to Fat32

By heckfire ·
I have drawn a blank on this. I purchased a portable 60 GIG hard drive and did not realize it was formatted to Fat32 before I began packing up my laptop. My laptop is NTFS. I want to do an exact copy, but an error is occurring that some long filenames will not copy and need to be renamed and then the copy stops.

Is there a way to set a default or registry entry in Windows 2000 to accept long filenames to Fat32?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Copying long filename fro ...

NO there isn't a way to copy the Long File names allowed by NTFS to a FAT 32 partition. But you can use the Computer Management Console and format the external HDD to NTFS from FAT 32.

If you don't want to do this because you want to use this drive with other FAT partitioned computers that can not read a NTFS Partition you'll need to rename the files in question to shorter file names which may not be possible if they are buried deeply in folders of folders of folders.

There is also another way around this problem if you wish to perform a complete Backup of your NB and that is to use a Program like Ghost to Clone or Image the NB's HDD to the external Drive. This may solve your problem but if you are only interested in backing up the DATA you'll have to either rename it or move it closer up the file structure so that the Max 11 character name length is not exceeded.

Just one thing here if you successfully copy your HDD to the external Drive it will not be possible to just copy back and boot from that copy as Windows will not allow this to happen if that is your intention you need to use a Cloning Program to achieve your desired results.


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