Burning CD's with filenames greater than 64 characters long?

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  1. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    Is it possible to burn CD's that preserve filenames that are greater than 64 characters long? I'be been trying a bunch of different settings in Nero, and can't seem to find the magical combination (if there is one).

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    Dave
     
  2. Drew Wimmer

    Drew Wimmer Stunt Coordinator

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    names longer than that violate some ISO standard, which is why it won't let you do it, chances are if you try that the cd won't be playable in all cd-roms
     
  3. Dave F

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    Is it possible though? I don't really care if it violates some standards - I only need it to run on the same drive that would be burning the disc.

    -Dave
     
  4. Martin Fontaine

    Martin Fontaine Supporting Actor

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    Here's a thought, I have no idea if it would work but you can try.

    With Windows 95 and higher, there is a tool called DriveSpace which allows you to compress a drive and accessing it as if it was not compressed. Back in the DOS days, I had a small hard drive and was using a program called Stacker which does the same thing. When I moved to Win95, I used DriveSpace instead. NTFS partitions under NT/2k/XP has the compression scheme built-in, by right-clicking a file or folder you can make it compressed.

    DriveSpace was more primitive, it creates a single file which was then mounted and mapped to a new drive letter. But now, that archaic method might help you... That file which is the entire drive compressed, is a 8.3 filename. So using DriveSpace, create a new volume big enough to fit that file you want, I think you can set the compression for each files to None, Standard, Hi or Maximum. It probably wouldn't matter anymore since even uncompressed, your file probably fits on a CD, and your PC is probably fast enough to uncompress at the Maximum setting without any aparent loss of performance.

    So now create a volume that is 650 megs, mount it, copy your files to it, unmount it and burn that file (Usually called something like DRVSPACE.001 in the root directory of the drive you created it on) on a disk. Then once the disk is in, mount it. Since the internal file system of that mounted drive is FAT16, you can't fit more than 2 Gigs in it (Assuming your files, can achive 3:1 compression) But FAT16, using Windows' LFN extension, can have the full 250 chars max filenames.
     

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