SOLVED Files/folders too long for Recycle Bin


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Hello:

I cannot find an answer to why there is a limit to the length of a folder name or file name for it to be sent to the Recycle Bin. A second question is if it is the name or the path that counts? And, third, what is the limit?

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The length is the "folders\subfolders\filename" combination. And I believe the limit is around 256 characters.
 
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TrainableMan, thank you. Would you happen to know why there is a limit?
 

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It is related to Max_Path set by Microsoft

That's why it works as it does but there is still the "why did Microsoft set this limit".

I can only speculate it is related to backward compatibility. Computers think in binary (0's and 1's) and 256 is 2^8 which is a very "nice" fitting number for bits to bytes (a byte is 8 bits long). Then you tack on a drive letter such as C:\ at the front and a stop-char at the end and you hit their setting for Max_Path which is 260.
 
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It is related to Max_Path set by Microsoft

That's why it works as it does but there is still the "why did Microsoft set this limit".

I can only speculate it is related to backward compatibility. Computers think in binary (0's and 1's) and 256 is 2^8 which is a very "nice" fitting number for bits to bytes (a byte is 8 bits long). Then you tack on a drive letter such as C:\ at the front and a stop-char at the end and you hit their setting for Max_Path which is 160.
Okidoke. I understand you meant 260, not 160. Thanks for the info!

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Yes 260, & I corrected it above as well.
 
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Long too path error!
"Long path tool" is very helpful for this problem. You can solve this problem like copy, delete, long path files by using this tool.
I used to have similar problems too, but after using "long path tool" everything was solved.
 
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I wouldn't pay $18 for something you can fix easily by simply using fewer subdirectories or shorter directory names
 
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