1. ChristopherPoe's Avatar
    I've seen other similar posts, but none of them provides an actual solution that has worked for this ridiculous problem I'm having. I'm simply trying to delete a folder from my backup drive in Windows 7, but Windows shows the error, "Destination Path Too Long: The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path. "

    Then, after I "Skip" this item, I get another similar error, but this time it says, "Source Path Too Long: The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or try renaming to shorter name(s) before attempting this operation. "

    So, I deleted all sub folders and files in an attempt to work around this problem. There is one folder, that is actually completely empty, that refuses to be deleted. I moved this folder to the root of my drive, I even tried renaming it, but it never gets deleted.

    Seriously, I just want to delete this folder. I've tried third-party utilities, checked the disk for errors, tried deleting the folder from the command line, and nothing has been able to delete this folder. It seems like a cutting-edge operating system should be able to handle a simple delete operation without so much trouble.
    08-14-2017 01:15 AM
  2. Clayton2017's Avatar
    Could be that the robocopy script causes the recursion in the target directory tree because of junction points in the source. I'm pretty sure the windows \User directory tree has junctions that could create this situation. You may wish to try adding the "/XJ" option to the robocopy command so that it doesn't follow junctions.
    08-14-2017 01:18 AM
  3. armando001's Avatar
    Hm, I wouldn't expect to see many copies of folders with the same name... I think I'd do a CHKDSK D: next and see whether there's any file system corruption there. Furthermore, for such problems like can't open or rename file (name is too long prompt), I use Long Path Tool and it works.
    08-14-2017 01:23 AM
  4. helgaros's Avatar
    I've seen other similar posts, but none of them provides an actual solution that has worked for this ridiculous problem I'm having. I'm simply trying to delete a folder from my backup drive in Windows 7, but Windows shows the error, "Destination Path Too Long: The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path. "

    Then, after I "Skip" this item, I get another similar error, but this time it says, "Source Path Too Long: The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or try renaming to shorter name(s) before attempting this operation. "

    So, I deleted all sub folders and files in an attempt to work around this problem. There is one folder, that is actually completely empty, that refuses to be deleted. I moved this folder to the root of my drive, I even tried renaming it, but it never gets deleted.

    Seriously, I just want to delete this folder. I've tried third-party utilities, checked the disk for errors, tried deleting the folder from the command line, and nothing has been able to delete this folder. It seems like a cutting-edge operating system should be able to handle a simple delete operation without so much trouble.
    try long path tool program,very efficient
    08-15-2017 03:58 AM
  5. deslea's Avatar
    I have had several variations on this situation (not exactly the same set of circumstances). What worked for the most recalcitrant one was:

    1. At the command line (elevated), use dir /x to display the folder's short name.
    2. Delete from the command line using rd SHORTNAME

    I don't know why that worked when everything else didn't, and so I don't know if it will apply to your situation. But it's worth a shot.
    08-15-2017 09:19 PM
  6. getum's Avatar
    I've seen other similar posts, but none of them provides an actual solution that has worked for this ridiculous problem I'm having. I'm simply trying to delete a folder from my backup drive in Windows 7, but Windows shows the error, "Destination Path Too Long: The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path. "

    Then, after I "Skip" this item, I get another similar error, but this time it says, "Source Path Too Long: The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or try renaming to shorter name(s) before attempting this operation. "

    So, I deleted all sub folders and files in an attempt to work around this problem. There is one folder, that is actually completely empty, that refuses to be deleted. I moved this folder to the root of my drive, I even tried renaming it, but it never gets deleted.

    Seriously, I just want to delete this folder. I've tried third-party utilities, checked the disk for errors, tried deleting the folder from the command line, and nothing has been able to delete this folder. It seems like a cutting-edge operating system should be able to handle a simple delete operation without so much trouble.
    Try a LongPathTool program to copy , delete and effectively manage files in your computer.
    08-22-2017 11:10 PM
  7. v3locim s's Avatar
    I would suggest to try "Long Path Tool" program.
    08-23-2017 07:20 AM
  8. Fred Greenstein's Avatar
    I recommend Long Path Tool is a software that will let you easily delete, copy or rename long path files.
    01-12-2018 10:55 PM
  9. tgp's Avatar
    Did anyone mention longpathtool yet? Another option, but much more complicated, is to use an adapter to hook the drive up to a Linux machine, and manually edit the path name, or delete the file.
    01-13-2018 12:19 AM
  10. Roger Farrow's Avatar
    I suggest you try Long path tool is the very good program for the deleted long file, error, unlock solution. Try it and solve your problem.
    I used long path tool and I solve my deleted long file, error, unlock problem solution.
    09-17-2018 06:53 PM
  11. Garry_Gahan's Avatar
    I suggest you Long Path Tool will let you easily delete, copy or rename long path files, you can try it for better service.
    10-23-2018 03:39 PM
  12. John_Clayton's Avatar
    I would like to suggest you, try LongPathTool program to resolve this issue.
    This tool is very helpful to resolve the issue.
    11-02-2018 02:07 AM

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