Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

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Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby osity » 15.12.18, 02:08

The client has 'new folder' within 'new folder' about 10 times to deter people from viewing his files.
When I save in DE, the system seems to copy over the main folder, but not the contents of the very long directories.
How do you guys handle strange clients that store their data like this?

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Re: Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby DataMedics » 17.12.18, 00:23

I've never found it to cause any issues. I honestly try to never even look at the customer's data if I can help it. Are you sure you're not just trying to save to a drive in the wrong format? Some older filesystems like FAT have limitations on file and folder name length, so that can cause an issue if you're trying to do that.

Try formatting the destination to the same format the original drive was in. Problem solved.


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Re: Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby osity » 17.12.18, 01:27

The customer actually told me he creates about 15 folders to put his data into. All folders are empty until you get to the 15. My issue of not getting all the files may actually have been because I forgot to scan the MFT after imaging it . I’m trying to resave the files again now.


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Re: Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby osity » 18.12.18, 22:25

Problem solved.
PC3K will miss the files with long pathnames if the dir path is too long, likely to do with an OS limitation.

You can get those files by navigating to them and saving them individually by choosing "save current folder" option in pc3k.


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Re: Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby David_Jr » 29.03.21, 20:58

This is a long time after the original post, but I think I'm experiencing some path length issues too. The problem is there are so many folders and files that manually saving them out one by one isn't practical.

Does anyone have any other ideas for how to save out extra long path names?

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Re: Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby Doomer » 29.03.21, 23:24

There are two limits to path names in Windows - 255 bytes for ASCII/UTF8 characters, and 65535 bytes for Unicode characters.
In reality Windows Explorer can only understand 255 but some other tools process 65535.
You can use DR tools that support 65535 bytes to save the files in long directories (for example R-Studio)
And then use 3rd party file explorers to open the saved files (for example Far Manager)

I'm surprised to know that PC3K can't save the files to the long paths (maybe it some other issue?).


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Re: Client has insanely long path names on his directories.

Postby osity » 30.03.21, 06:17

David_Jr I can't recall the case now as it was long ago but sometimes to help alleviate the issue, when saving or copying to a different files system that had different limitations, I copied files straight to the Root Directory and avoided creating any more subdirectories which would further aggravate the issue.

I also recall renaming some of the client's unbelievably long folder names (they were using sentences :D) to a single character.

i.e Folder name "These are the quotes for all jobs paid by e-transfer on apartment building on 8th st fifth ave) would simply be renamed to the number "1". which would save a boatload of characters.
I even extended this to subdirectories.

Maybe you can somehow apply those techniques.


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