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Error Copying File or Folder

Cannot copy : The directory or file cannot be...

 
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It is likely the target is the root directory (top level on the drive) has no more spaces for directory or file name entries. It is limited to a maximum of 512 entries. Keep in mind that long file names (beyond 8.3 characters) requires multiple entries, so typically you will be limited to far less than 512 folders or filenames.

 
 
   
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  Error Copying File or Folder 

 
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  Cannot copy filename : The directory or file cannot be created. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  explorer.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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  error 

   
Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Copy Files to a Sub-Directory
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The root directory is limited to a maximum of 512 files and folders, and with long file/folder names, typically far less.

You may need to delete some unneeded files and folders from the root directory and then create a new sub-directory, and copy files to that sub-directory. A sub-directory does not have a practical limit, so you can copy as many files as you want into a sub-directory.

 
   
 
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Posted: 1-Dec-2011
 
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Last update: 01-Dec-2011 2:33 pm