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Error: The path is too deep.

Discussion in 'Software' started by nhhorseman, Oct 13, 2007.

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  1. nhhorseman

    nhhorseman Private E-2

    I operate a small wireless network at home between my laptop and PC. I often copy files from one computer to the other using Windows Explorer, drag and drop. No problems until the past two days. When I drag a file from one computer to the other and that file has any size to it, over 10 meg for example, I get this message after 90% of the copying is done.

    Cannot copy (File Name): The path is too deep.

    Any idea why and how to correct it? Running Windows XP Pro, 512 ram

    Last edited: Oct 13, 2007
  2. Adrynalyne

    Adrynalyne Guest

    How deeply nested is the directory you are copying to?
  3. nhhorseman

    nhhorseman Private E-2

    I am going from


    to network drive


    The funny part is, this is a 25 meg file and it gets copied 90% before I get the error. I have the same problem copying photos

    C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\My Pictures\Family\Jim_Sandy\2007\October Reunion

    \\Position1\c\Documents and Settings\Authorized User\My Documents\My Pictures\Family\Jim_Sandy\2007\October Reunion

    I have been doing this all along without a problem prior to now.
  4. Adrynalyne

    Adrynalyne Guest

    Go to Dev Manager on each machine.

    Go to the properties of the NICs being used.

    Set them from auto negotiate speed to 100Mbps, full duplex.

    See if the problem persists.
  5. nhhorseman

    nhhorseman Private E-2

    I went to Control Panel
    to System
    to device Manager
    to Network Adapters
    to Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
    to Properties
    I don't see anything about negotiating speed.
    I see tabs
    Power Management

    What I didn't tell you is that I am working thru a wireless extender which uses the house wiring to connect the adapter to the DSL gateway. Not sure if this has any bearing on it because I haven't changed anything in that setup since I put it in a couple years ago.
  6. studiot

    studiot MajorGeek

    This is a catch-all error message which can have a variety of sources.

    In your case I don't think the paths listed are too long (should be less than 254 characters inc spaces and slashes)

    I don't think there are too many spaces (should be less than 10)

    Also the network starts to copy but doesn't finish, so is accepting the paths.
    You also state that the problem is limited to larger files?

    Data is transferred in packets via TCP/IP on your network.
    At some point near then end of transmission, the network receiver is loosing a packet or part of a packet.

    I assume you don't have additional new traffic (users) causing 'collisions' ?

    This means that I would look for a physical cause. Have you moved the pcs or router further apart?
    Have you introduced a new object between them?
    Is the disk nearly full or aging?
  7. Adrynalyne

    Adrynalyne Guest

    Its under advanced.

    Under my virtual machine, its called Connection Type.

    However...you are using wireless cards?
  8. studiot

    studiot MajorGeek

    Adrynalyne may be right that you can control the nic mode. My 3-com nic doesn't have that luxury.

    You may be better trying the slower speed (10) for reliable transfer of larger files.
  9. nhhorseman

    nhhorseman Private E-2

    I have to answer NO to all your questions. Sometimes, and I should have mentioned this, the message is (and I am not writing this literally) something to the effect "Network path cannot be found or is no longer available".
    When I transfer several meg of pictures, it transfers 10 to 20 of them and then I get the path too deep or the network path not available message. It will say "unable to copy family.jpg because the path is no longer available.

    Hell, I can live with it. When it happens, I put the data on my memory stick and walk down to the basement and put the data on with that. I have not noticed this problem going from the PC to the laptop, only from the laptop to the PC. But, I don't usually transfer much from PC to Laptop.
  10. Adrynalyne

    Adrynalyne Guest

    That sounds a lot like you simply have too weak or unstable of a wireless signal.
  11. nhhorseman

    nhhorseman Private E-2

    No, I am not running wireless cards. I use the laptop built in wireless and the wireless extender to the router which is connected with a cable to the computer.
  12. Adrynalyne

    Adrynalyne Guest

    That is still wireless.
  13. studiot

    studiot MajorGeek

    Quod Erat Demonstrandum

    That is a wireless card!
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