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Copying Files With "Illegal" ASCII Characters


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popeyehoochie

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Hi,
I am using Windows XP, and I need to copy the contents of an entire HD onto another backup HD, but sprinkled throughout there are files with "illegal" characters, (&*@^$!? etc.).
When I try to do a straight copy things go fine until it gets to a file with an illegal character, then it stops and I get the error message "CANNOT COPY FILE : CANNOT READ FROM SOURCE FILE OR DISK"
Is there some kind of open source backup program or copy utility that would solve the problem?
Cheers!
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Rename the files in question. The characters in question cannot be part of a filename in Windows. Once you've renamed them they will work happily.
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Yeah, of course I tried, but I can't rename them, windows wont let me - and in any case there are too many files. There has to be some other way around it?
(I can read / watch / listen to the files just fine, but I cant copy, delete, or rename them. All I really need to do is copy / backup the HD to another drive)
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Yeah, of course I tried


Not really an ideal reply, to offered help. In fact a way of ensuring that other offers are perhaps not readily forthcoming.
I suggest you have a look at one of these files and tell us what it is, by way of its properties, size and where it is.

Have a look at this
http://www.dslreport...remark,16817867

Edited by Macboatmaster, 27 August 2010 - 04:23 PM.

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