Transferring files with names longer than 26 characters

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mitroff, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. Mitroff macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2005
    Hi all,

    when trying to transfer files from my hard drive to a USB flash memory stick I got error messages when a file's name was longer than 26 characters. When I renamed the file so that it was under 26, everything was fine. Rather than changing all of my file names, is there a way to override or turn off this limitation?

  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    From memory: I think that one of the (older) FAT filesystems had a 26+3 characters limitation. Possible solution: Reformat the USB flash memory (if possible) to a newer filesystem.

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