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    Deathscythe is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    damn, again with another prob... this time my hd become slow and certain files cannot be accessed... the computer reply saying that the path is too deep... anyone can help with this?

    Also, i wanted to ask for advise for maintaining my external hd because two hd have damaged as to this date.... also, i which to know which backup software is the best?

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    xxsaznpride is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Um... no idea on the deep path thing or the backup software...



    Maintaining it though... all that really is... is you not being an ass with your hard drive (no offense). Basic things help: dont get it wet, don't open it up, dont put it on ledges, keep it on its side so it doesn't fall over, if it has a stand use it, dont put shit on top of it, dont block the fan or any holes built into the HD, dont hit it, dont put viruses on it, etc.


    Though, whether or not overheating is a problem for externals is something that I don't know, you should also make sure it doesn't overheat.
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    Ok here's the deal. Path names (including the folder names and the filename itself) must be 255 characters or less. For example, if you had a file whose pathname was something like this...

    C:\Videos\Anime and cartoons\... <random folder names here> ...\randomfilename.avi

    ...and that whole pathname including the file name was 250 characters long, you would be able to access it with no problems. HOWEVER, if you then took that C:\Videos\ folder and cut and paste it into E:\Backup\ your pathname would now be 257 characters long, and you would no longer be able to access the files.

    This can also happen if you download a file which the filename is in a language like Japanese. If you don't have Japanese language packs installed, the filename will often become a ridiculously long string of random symbols, which can sometimes exceed this 255 character limit depending on where you saved it to (it's happened to me once before).

    To recover from this problem, try shortening the folder names. In the future try not to make your folder structures so deep.


    EDIT: Also, is your external HDD formatted using the FAT32 file system, or the NTFS file system? I recommend using NTFS, as it has more relaxed path name/length restrictions if I remember correctly, and doesn't suffer from the major drawbacks of the FAT32 file system: limited file allocation table size, leading to larger than optimal cluster size, as well as a limit of around 350 GB per partition.

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    Deathscythe is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    i quite don't understand it... so, it means that if its directory its long, then i could not access it? how bout special characters like star etc?

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    Special characters won't be in your pathname, because special characters aren't allowed in the first place.

    If there's a really long folder name somewhere, just reduce it to something very short and see if you can access the files.

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    Deathscythe is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    okay, i tries to follow according to what you given,
    lets for example:
    F:\Anime\Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai\Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai - 02.zip

    i change it to
    F:\a\h\HnNKnK - 02.zip

    but still, i cannot transfer it to other hard disk..
    also, there certain files in the directory that can be transferred...

 

 

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