I have copied some files from a server onto a USB memory stick for transfer to my laptop. I did this once in the past - this is just an update exercise. Previously it worked with no complaints from the computer.
A typical file on the USB stick is file:///F:/Stepan SIL implementation/Critical Instrument Register/Internal & External Notes, Letters & Other Correspondance/Haden Freeman Appointment of Responsible Person for Safety Critical Systems Letter 100804.doc
The corresponding file on the computer (Windows XP SP3) is file:///C:/Documents and Settings/Stuart Ord/My Documents/2 WORK/1. Projects/CEDCS/Stepan SIL implementation/Critical Instrument Register/Internal & External Notes, Letters & Other Correspondance/HADENF~1.DOC. It has only truncated some names, not all. I hadn't noticed previously it had done this.
If I try to copy from USB to the computer, I get the message "The file name you specified is not valid or too long"
If I try to edit the file name on the computer, I can get it up to "Haden Freeman Appointment of Responsible Person for Safety Critical.DOC" but no further, although curiously it says "A file of that name already exists", but I can't see it. Similar things happen with other similar file names.
Can anyone explain what's happening and whether I can get my laptop to accept these file names?