Max OS X  to Buffalo Terrastation copy problem with illegal characters

Posted on 2008-11-05
Last Modified: 2013-11-14

I support a mixed environment of Mac's and PC's, with a Buffalo Terrastation as the main storage device.  

One of the Mac's has about 200 GB of Archived files (via external Maxtor USB drive), most with excessively long names, including names with * or /  in them.  One example is "Frutiger 55/75/95 *"

I am trying to copy all the archived files from the external drive on the Mac to the Terrastation, but get the following error:  "You cannot copy the item "Frutiger 55/75/95 *" because the name is too long or includes characters that the disk cannot display"  

This is the case for hundreds of files, and kills the copy process on error. Skipping these files is not an option.  I need to get them copied, but it is ok if I have to change the file names.

The Mac is using file system is Mac OS Extended, Journaled
The Buffalo is using file system XFS.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Thank you,
Question by:thetaxclub
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    Accepted Solution

    Here is a batch file renamer:


    Author Comment

    I only want to change the filenames that are illegal, not every file in the folder.  I've sent an email to the software company you suggested asking them if their software is capable of that.  Thanks.
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    Author Comment

    I think part of my problem is that the Bufallo Terrastation only supports full path names of 128 characters.  Some of my path's exceed that number.  

    I won't have a chance to check out ABFR for another couple of weeks as I need to test it on the weekend.    Updates to follow once I test it out.

    Thank you.

    Author Comment

    After emailing back and forth with the developer of ABFR, I decided to try it.   It took the better part of the day as I fed it 26,000 files spread out over 220 GB.   It's been copying for over 2 hours without an error so far.    

    Updates to follow I before I close the question, but having spent a day with ABFR I am very impressed with the tool.  Not only does it make replacing characters easy, but it checks forward to make sure that your rename won't conflict with other file names.    Big props to the software, and thanks to Strung for the recommendation.  

    Author Comment

    It worked!   The copy (to the terrastation) finished overnight, with no errors.  Closing Question.

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