Cannot create or replace (file/folder name) Cannot find specified file.

I'm getting this problem when transferring large folders full of photos from my hard disk to a USB 80MB connected hard drive. The copying works OK to begin with and then grinds to a halt with error msg: Cannot create or replace **** Cannot find the specified file. Make sure you specify the correct path and file name. A message pops up on the tool bar entitled Windows - delayed write failed.
Yesterday it was a similar problem with the error msg: Cannot copy ****. The path is too deep.

Peter

NB I am not an IT professional!
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WelkinMazeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've seen that on other computers too. The USB ports at the back work better than these at the front panel.

When you start your computer and information about the features of your system starts to dispaly (for example the amount of your memory) you have to press the "Del" key on your keyboard. There you may go through the different menus and options and find the settings about USB. Don't be afraid to try different options there as long as you touched only the USB settings section.
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WelkinMazeCommented:
Hi,
Maybe the folder that you're trying to copy and its subfolders have long names and when they are concatenated to produce the whole path it becomes too long.
Other possibility maybe is that you have too many levels of subfolders.
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PeterwilesAuthor Commented:
Thanks - so are there guidelines for lengths of names of levels of subfolders in XP?

Peter
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WelkinMazeCommented:
I suppose your XP is handling the files well. And your USB drive problem has file system that cannot handle them.
General guidelines that could be applied are to keep names meaningful but not too long. Also to keep the tree of subfolders not very deep. It's good to be a less deeper and it may have more branches (subfolders) at the upper levels.
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PeterwilesAuthor Commented:
OK I'll try this. I hope it's OK to keep the question open for the moment.
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WelkinMazeCommented:
Yes, of course. :)
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PeterwilesAuthor Commented:
I've changed the directories so that I am trying to copy folders from C:\Lymescapes\2005\ with folder names such as 2005_01_02 to E:\2005. I thought there was an improvement after I reduced the number of levels on both C: and E:  but apparently if I try to transfer to many files/folders at  a time the system stops and I now get an error message at the bottom from the toolbar saying " Windows - Delayed Write failed. Windows was unable to save all the data for the file ....The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardwar or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere."

One difference is that the earlier error messages mentioned in my first question are no longer appearing.

Is that my system won't handle such large transfers of MB?
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WelkinMazeCommented:
You can try to play with your USB settings in the BIOS. If you have such settings try USB1.1 instead of 2.0. Or something else.

Also you can take a look at these sites:
http://forums.viaarena.com/messageview.aspx?catid=16&threadid=50469
http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/133276.html
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PeterwilesAuthor Commented:
Please advise how to safely reset USB settings in the BIOS. Will this slow performance?
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WelkinMazeCommented:
Yes, USB 1.1 is slower than USB 2.0.
Just enetr your BIOS and play with the USB settings, tyr different combinations. If you touch only USB settings you could not "break" anything. If you want write your current settings before changing them.
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PeterwilesAuthor Commented:
The external USB hard drive seems to be working better now I have plugged it into a USB port at the back of the PC rather than one at the front. The error message still comes up but, somewhat slowly, the files do continue to transfer.

Excuse my ignorance but how does one enter the BIOS - is it via F2 at start up?

Peter
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