Error Copying File or Folder . Cannot copy File:

Posted on 2004-11-05
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Dear Experts,
I have at my work an HP MSA1000 (SAN) with HP DL380 G3. We are preparing a new fileserver with W2K3 that is connected to the SAN through fiber optic. We are using robocopy to migrate files from our old File Server NT4. The migrated folder (called vol1) that contains all our files (user homefolders etc) is about 80GB and it is placed on SAN disks. I am trying to copy that folder in another HD but I get  a window with the following message after the preparing to copy files:

Error Copying File or Folder
Cannot copy File:

If I browse the vol1 subdirectories and copy them little by little they can be copied to alternate locations (so there is no issue of ACL)

Is there any known limitation for how many file can copied for win2003 enterprise server?
Why can't I copy all my files at once?

Thanks, in advance.
Question by:prjim166
    LVL 5

    Expert Comment

    are you using an account which have permission on both servers? (I mean the account which runs robocopy)

    Author Comment

    This is frustrating. It seems that the reason for not been able to copy the vol1 folder is that a user has 7 nested folders with long file names and a file which is at least 40characters.
     When I tried to copy the vol1 folder apparently the path was so large windows couldn't display it.
    Trying to copy the files from folders more deep in the tree seems to work.

    The question is that although the path + filename isn't 255 characters long, I get a filename is not valid or too long message.

    Accepted Solution

    PAQed with points refunded (500)

    Community Support Moderator

    Featured Post

    Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

    Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

    Join & Write a Comment

    I have never ceased to be amazed how many problems you can encounter on a fresh install of a Windows operating system.  This is certainly case in point& Unable to complete ANY MSI installation.  This means Windows Updates are failing and I can't …
    Recently, I had the need to build a standalone system to run a point-of-sale system. I’m running this on a low-voltage Atom processor, so I wanted a light-weight operating system, but still needed Windows. I chose to use Microsoft Windows Server 200…
    Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate ( First, Just open a new email message.  In the To field, type your recipient's fax number You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…
    Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

    746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    16 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now