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By steve.doig ·
Hi,

Is there a way to convert DOS shortened 8 character filenames back to the original filenames?

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by cdobbin In reply to DOS filenames

Just a couple questions.

How did they get shortened? What operating system are you using?
I have seen this happen if you copy files to a server that does not support long file names.

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by steve.doig In reply to DOS filenames

I copied them using DOS's copy from one partition to another when windows wasn't working.

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to DOS filenames

You can manually rename the files back to the original, but manually changing file names can and will screw with the programs that uses the names. The easiest way is to use Windows explorer, type in the long name and let windows shorten it to the DOS 8 Character name.

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to DOS filenames

You can manually rename the files back to the original, but manually changing file names can and will screw with the programs that uses the names. The easiest way is to use Windows explorer, type in the long name and let windows shorten it to the DOS 8 Character name.

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by rcpenny10 In reply to DOS filenames

Windows long file names look short when viewed from a DOS window but if they look like DOS short file names in a Explorer window the files may have been temporarily moved to a OS that didn't support long file names or you used an older program that didn't support long file names to move them either way the only way to restore them is with some kind of backup you made or by renaming them one by one from inside Windows if you have directory names that have been shortened as well programs will most likely be effected.

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by shmaltz In reply to DOS filenames

I had the same problem when I once used the dos version of defrag instead of the windows version and all the long file names where lost.
What I had to do was to rename them by myself, I was also looking for an easier sullotion but couldnt find one.

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