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by bjalpha / November 20, 2007 12:38 AM PST

I need some help. I had my entire MP3 library in a Windows PC that crashed. My only access to the hard drive was through DOS so I copied the MP3 files from one hard drive to another and moved the new hard drive to my new PC. When I accessed the files, all the filenames had of course been truncated by DOS so what I see now on Windows is the 8 letter name. For example, 'Beat It' by Michael Jackson now appears as BEATIT~M. Can someone tell me how to restore the filenames to the original Windows full names. The new system is has IDE HDs and running WinXP SP2. File System is NTFS on all drives.

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DOS can't copy to/from NTFS drives.
by Kees Bakker / November 20, 2007 12:50 AM PST

So you didn't use DOS. Please tell a little bit more.


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Dos Filename-Update
by bjalpha / November 20, 2007 1:21 AM PST

The old HD that originally had the MP3 files was FAT32. I copied to a HD that was FAT32 and then moved that new HD to a new PC with NTFS system. I converted the file system on the HD from FAT32 to NTFS. So what I have now is HD with NTFS file system full of MP3s with truncated filenames which I would like to convert to full filenames. Hope this helps.

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Re: short filenames.
by Kees Bakker / November 21, 2007 7:22 AM PST
In reply to: Dos Filename-Update

That makes is clear. Real mode MS-DOS (that's the MS-DOS you booted into in Windows 95/98/ME, and it's quite different from the Command window in those OS'es) doesn't support long filenames. It only handles the short variant. That's the way it works. So the long name is gone.

The three ways to get the files with the original long filename:
1. Manual rename.
2. Restore them from your backup (no backup? you just learned why it's better to have it)
3. Mount the original drive as a slave (or better said: not the c:) in any Windows PC (Windows 95 or later) and you have access to the files. Burn them to CD, copy them to a USB-key and you're OK.

Hope this helps.


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