Source Path Too Long - Can't delete folder!!!!!

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Hi. I just upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 last weekend and I must say its been a really bad decision, Win7 is not so much of an improvement to me. We always think the grass is greener. The other idiot thing I did or didn't do was not back up so I could roll back to Vista so I am stuck with this now and I really hate it.

My issue (1 of many) is I can't delete a folder, I am guessing its some residual from Vista its 'My Documents' but inside it is an endless list of empty folders 'My Documents/My Music/My Documents/My Music/My Documents/My Music/My Documents/My Music...etc.

When I try to delete I get this message...

"The source file names 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 names before attempting this operation"

I have tried everything, I have tried renaming every file in the folder, they just keep coming back, no matter how many i delete. I have tried using software such as Unlocker or devices to delete on boot, I have moved the folders location, even tried mapping a drive and deleting with command prompt - nothing.

I am at a loss, I have been trying to delete this thing since last sunday night after the upgrade, i must have spent hours doing this. Done everything suggested here:

Cannot delete file or folder | Windows Problem Solver

Any help would be appreciated.
 


Saltgrass

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Microsoft Community Contributor
#2
Well, I am counting on when you say "My Documents" that you mean it and not Documents.

Anyway, the My Documents folder in Win 7 is just a link or "node" to your Documents folder. I was thinking possibly it had gotten in some type of loop and kept making new links, or the links somehow were pointing at each other.

So, first, right click on the My Documents folder or My Music folders and select properties. Then go to the Location tab. It should point back to the Documents folder or Music folder. If the path is different from below, that may be your problem.

C:\Users\YourUser\Documents

C:\Users\YourUser\Documents

You might check a couple of levels down to make sure it does not change. If it is different, post back.

If it is not that, possibly some flag is not being set to tell the system the link has already been made and to stop making more. I have no idea where such a flag might be, even if there is one, but I will try to find it.

Have you ever tried to move your My Documents folder in XP or Vista or Win 7?

And anytime a system is doing something it should not, one answer might be to do a repair install.
 


Elmer

Extraordinary Member
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Be aware that ______
will put a demo folder for you to try. Which you then need to buy their program to delete your new "too long name" folder.
 


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Elmer

Extraordinary Member
#4
Go and grab yourself a copy of Puppy Linux. Then grab yourself a copy of ImgBurn and install it.

Load a blank CD-RW into your driver and burn the Puppy Linux.iso file to disc. Leave the disc in your player/burner.

Re-boot. You are instantly taken into Puppy Land (Aah! Cute!). It's worth the 5 - 10 minutes to set up your keyboard etc. so I suggest you do it as it saves your initial setting onto the CD.

You now have access to your C:\ drive through Puppies Desktop Icons. The Drives are called sda1, sda2 etc. so you just need to search for the right one.

Dig down to your "too long name" folder and delete the mo. Linux gives you a couple of options in the recycle bin, just pick the "brute force/sledgehammer" option and hit it (HARD!!).

That should solve your problem.

Finally, keep the disc. A handy little tool.

And I've just seen the date of the OP :redface:8->
 


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You can try Long Path Tool.
 


seekermeister

Honorable Member
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The only time I had a problem similar to this is when I first installed W7, and because some folders that I thought shouldn't be were locked. After taking ownership of them, I had infinite folder path lengths like your's. I suspect that something else went awry with your's, because I was advised that Vista and W7 had similar locked folders, but I upgraded from XP, without ever going through Vista, and was in the dark.

There probably is a better way to solve the problem, but I just did a clean installation of W7, and never touched the locked folders again.
 


#7
Friend recommended me Long Path Tool for fixing this.
I am skeptic with this king of tool but I was wrong.
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#8
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#9
Long too path error!
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I used to have similar problems too, but after using "long path tool" everything was solved.
 


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