Microsoft retains a restrict of 258 characters for the identify of a ‘file or sub-folder path.’ If this restrict is exceeded, you won’t be delete, transfer, or rename the sub-folder/file. In such a state of affairs, trying to copy-paste or delete the file or sub-folder would give the following error:
The source file identify(s) are larger than is supported by the file system. Try transferring to a location which has a shorter path identify, or attempt renaming to shorter identify(s) earlier than trying this operation.
The source file identify(s) are larger than is supported by the file system
This state of affairs usually occurs once you create lots of sub-folders, and the path handle turns into lengthy. In this example, the folder would preserve occupying priceless house in the system. However, it may well neither be used nor deleted.
To resolve the drawback, you can proceed with the following options sequentially:
- Permanently delete the file/sub-folder
- Use third-party software program to delete the file/sub-folder.
1] Permanently delete the file/sub-folder
You wouldn’t be capable of ship the troublesome file/sub-folder to the Recycle Bin because you are altering its path which is not potential. However, you possibly can delete the file/sub-folder completely.
Select on the primary folder and press SHIFT+DEL to delete it completely.
2] Use third-party software program to delete the folder
Unlike Windows’ in-built performance, neither sends the file to the Recycle Bin nor does it merely sideline house on the drive for extra software program (which SHIFT+DEL) does. Thus, you can use the freeware to delete the file/sub-folder.
You might use different third-party merchandise designed to for resolving the challenge in dialogue. These freeware merchandise are particularly meant to assist when the file can’t be deleted utilizing the common mechanism.
Some customers have additionally prompt that mapping a community drive to a shorter path might assist to pressure deletion of the file/sub-folder. However, this didn’t work for me.