"can not copy the item "icon" because the name is too long or contains characters that the disk can not display" I get this error when i try to copy specific folders to my new external drive. Which is formatted for FAT32, which, in accordence with what i have read on these forums, Is what i need to do if i want to have this drive work on both my PC and my Mac. I have a folder on my mac with all the apps I have ever obtained via DL and buying online or from friends for my mac, which i want to backup onto this drive, so in the event of emergency I have them easily accessable. This error only occurs on certain folders/programs and doesnt seem to follow any certain pattern. For instance it happened when trying to copy my "Extensis" folder, then also happend when i tried to copy the "Pod2Text 2.5 X" folder. Has anyone any ideas? The external drive is a maxtor 300gb external. I have tried connecting it via both firewire and usb. The other problem I am having is when I try to trash the folders I created on the drive (since not all of their contents copied over beacuse of the above error) they go to trash but when I go to empty the trash it takes FOREVER! So I'm looking for solutions. I've done some searching and not found anything on this issue. TIA.