I've been using Windows 7 for almost a year now. There are certain problems in Windows 7 that seem so ridiculous that they're almost unbelievable (like being unable to login to Windows 7 with your profile on occasion because the profile service is not ready). But, here's a whopper! I'm simply trying to delete a folder from my backup drive in Windows 7, but Windows shows the error, "Destination Path Too Long: The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path. " as shown here:
Then, after I "Skip" this item, I get another similar error, but this time it says, "Source Path Too Long: The source file name(s) 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 name(s) before attempting this operation. " as shown here:
So, I deleted all sub folders and files in an attempt to work around this problem. There is one folder, that is actually completely empty, that refuses to be deleted. I moved this folder to the root of my drive, I even tried renaming it, but it never gets deleted.
I just want to delete this folder. I've tried third-party utilities, checked the disk for errors, tried deleting the folder from the command line, and nothing has been able to delete this folder. It seems like a cutting-edge operating system should be able to handle a simple delete operation without so much trouble. I posted my issue on the Microsoft TechNet forums. Anyone else figure out a way around this?
UPDATE (12/3/09): It turns out that for some reason, I had many many levels of nested folders that somehow got created during a backup. I finally deleted all of the folders by drilling down to the almost endless copies of Application Data and moving subsequent levels to the root of the D:\ and deleting piece by piece. I have no idea how those copies were made in the first place, and secondly, why Windows makes it so hard to delete such a nasty, unwieldy folder structure. The removal process took a couple of hours and made my eyes sting. Ugh!