Windows and long file names

Users can be a pain in the arse at times, especially when it comes to managing their file shares. We’ve had everything from users removing administrator groups and SYSTEM from the permissions list, stopping us from supporting them when they have issues and even backing up their files, to somehow creating file and folder structures with full paths longer than 260, which Windows (even in Windows 10 / Server 2016) doesn’t like.

So what do you do if you need to copy a set of folders and you know there are long file paths involved? Well, historically I used to adopt a hard line and tell users they should have created their data correctly, and that anything that couldn’t be read by the account doing the copy would be lost. More recently, however I’ve softened that line and to help with copying structures with long file paths, I’ve created this handy utility called LF Copy.

The ZIP contains a single executable and a supporting DLL. Simply extract and run. Choose source and destination folders and click “Go”:


Its then just a matter of sitting back and waiting. The “Status” tab will refresh with information about the current operation, while the “Errors” tab will provide details of any issues encountered.

I hope this will come in useful out there. Do let me know if you have any feedback, issues, bugs, suggestions etc…

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