Fixed: Source File Names Larger than Supported by File System

Fixed: Source File Names Larger than Supported by File System


When you try to copy or delete a file or folder, you may encounter an error message that says, “The source file names are larger than is supported by the file system.” Before attempting this operation, try migrating to a place with a shorter path name or renaming to a shorter name(s).”

You may be wondering why you are seeing this problem. The reason behind this is that a specific file or folder is buried deep within a series of sub-folders with lengthy names, and Microsoft does not allow sub-folders to have more than 255 characters. This is why it stops you from moving, deleting, or renaming the file. Worse, you can’t do anything with the file/folder, and it continues to consume system RAM.

Fortunately, this issue may be corrected. Let’s see how it goes.


Fix 1: By Renaming The Containing Folder


Step 1: For example, if you try to rename a video file in the E drive, you may be unable to do so. When you right-click on it, there is no option to rename the file.


Step 2: The file cannot be renamed since it is located deep within the drive, and thus the file path is too long, surpassing Microsoft’s 255-character limit.


Step 3: Because we cannot rename the file, the best thing to do now is to reduce the folder name. So, where the file is situated, we shortened the folder name to LS. You can alter the name to whatever you like based on your needs.




Step 4: When you return to the file and right-click it, the Rename and other choices will show in the context menu. To rename the file, select the Rename option.




That’s it. Now, you can easily copy, move, delete, or rename a file or folder.


Fix 2 : Press Shift + Delete to delete


If you are not able to delete then use this method.

If you are doing a right-click and then delete, then try this. Just press Shift  + Delete to delete file, so that it do not go in recycle bin and directly gets deleted.

Fix 3: Use WinRar software


1. Open WinRar if you have WinRAR installed on your PC

2. Now, Browse to the particular file or folder with which you are facing this error.

3. Now, select that file and click on Add.


4. Now, select Delete files after archiving on the next screen.

5. Click OK.



6. If you wish to erase the archived file earlier, delete it now as well.

If you want to relocate the file, copy and paste it to a new directory before extracting it.


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