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what is the recommended number of sub-directories in win 2000 (ntfs) eg c:/myfiles/politics/worldpolitics/voters/registration/localcenter/polling/votecount/officialnames...

Also, what is the recommended length of files on win 2000...

when I backup my files, my cd burner complians that the number of subdirectories is too long. Any solutions?
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Lee W, MVP earned 200 total points
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ISO standards allow only 8 directories deep.  As far as I've seen windows can have directories 127 deep.  (maximum file name being 255 characters long, including path, assiming each directory is one letter seperated by a \, would be about 127 deep).  Files longer than 255 characters can be difficult to copy/delete/edit/etc.  Again, that includes the path.

Most burning programs allow you to ignore ISO standards, just be aware doing so might make the disk unreadable to some systems/OSs.  What I usually do, because Microsoft makes the profile info so LONG and deep, I use Microsoft Backup (the backup utility included with 2k) and backup the files to a file.  Then I burn that file to disk.
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Thanks leew for your comment. What's the advantage of first backing up using win 2000 backup utility?
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The backup utility has no such directory depth limitation.  The advantage is you can be relatively certain you backup EVERYTHING (you can check the log).  Burning directly might get everything, but also might have a problem if the recording software hits a file it doesn't have permission to.

The one big disadvantage, you lose access to the files directly.  Any 2000 or XP Pro machine can easily recover the files, but you NEED one of those systems.
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