Error Message: Copying files failed. The file name was invalid or too long.

I get the above error message when trying to copy in my library into itunes. Is there a log file generated somewhere that says what this file is, or is there some way of locating it?

found a program that should locate the possible trouble here:
http://www.dcsoft.com/products/longff/longff.htm
Just leaves the question really of what was decided too long by itunes.

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  • When trying to 'Consolidate Files' via iTunes I get the message "Copying files failed. The name was invalid or too long."

    I am trying to copy my entire iTunes library and everything in it from my PC Desktop to my PC Laptop using the "External Drive" method as shown on the Apple website. On Part 1 (5) I am told to consolidate files. When attempting to do this I get the message "Copying files failed. The file name was invalid or too long."
    How do I resolve this?

    I have just been having this problem and it has been driving me mad.   The error message doesn't tell you which file is causing the problem so you can't fix it and it leaves your libray in a state of limbo with some files copied into the new location and some in the old location.  After many hours I found a surprisingly quick and simple solution.
    1) in iTune create a smart play list that includes everything that was added before tomorrows date.  This will include everything.
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    The path of the files that have already been copied successfully will start with the new location for your media files you specified.  Scroll thru the rows until you get a blank path.  If you start getting paths starting with the old Media file location then you went to far and start scrolling back.
    The row with the blank path was the file that failed.  Move back to the start of the row to find out more about it.  In my case it was a podcast with a very long name. I just deleted that podcast from iTunes.
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  • I am using itunes 10 and trying to consolidate my files.  I keep getting the error "Copying files failed.  The file name was invalid or too long".  How can I indentify what file is causing this problem or resolve this issue?

    I am using itunes 10 and trying to consolidate my files.  I keep getting the error "Copying files failed.  The file name was invalid or too long".  How can I indentify what file is causing this problem or resolve this issue?

    BUMP
    Yes, I just get that message. I don't see how I could investigate this problem.
    I didn't mention that this happened when I was consolidating my library, not copying files to another computer.
    In other words, I'm using a "normal" itunes procedure, itunes won't complete it, and won't tell me exactly why or how to figure out how to fix it...
    Is there at least some easy way to tell which files were successfully copied to my itunes music folder so I can work on moving the uncopied files?
    Can anybody help me?

  • HT1751 Consolidating ITunes Library Failed - message received: "Copying files failed. The file name was invalid or too long" . Please help - how to i fix this issue?

    I consulted your website for details on how to back up my ITunes Library on my PC-found the article very helpful-I reached step 7 - clicked ok and the following message came up: "Copying files failed. The file name was invalid or too long."  Please can you help and advise what I should do or how to fix this issue.   My pc operating system is Windows 7 Home Basic

    You can select a group of tracks and consolidate from the right-click context menu. You coud try consolidating in batches, say all songs by artists beginning with A, then B, etc, then the other media types, until you can isolate a problem track and then try moving that by hand and fixing the broken link.
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  • ITunes v10.6.1.7 "Copying files failed. The File name was invalid or too long."

    I'm trying to organize my music files using iTunes 10.6.1.7 and I keep getting the error message "Copying files failed. The File name was invalid or too long."
    I've got music folders by artist in both the iTunes Music folder and the iTunes Media/Music folder. When I add certain files by drag/drop they sometimes get lost and I don't want that to happen anymore. I used to just consolidate my music files using the File/Library/Organize Library option and that worked, however now when I do that, I get the error message.
    I'm a novice and the only online stuff I see is both confusing and refers to earlier versions of iTunes.
    My concern is that I have heard that people lose entire libraries of their music when they trry to fix things like this and I don't want that. If this is of any importance, I have several files called iTunes library and temp library. I have no idea what that all means but I'm scared to death of it.
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    Perhaps nobody knows the answer? We're fellow users here answering questions in our free time when we think we've something useful to contribute.
    You can choose to *Consolidate selected tracks* with a right-click menu. Perhaps if you can identify a specific track that won't consolidate and examine the full path to the file & the path that iTunes would create when it consolidates the problem might become apparent. For example iTunes may not be able to move files if the source or destination path length exceeds 255 characters.
    tt2

  • Copying music failed. The file name was invalid or too long.

    I went to consolidate my music, but when it got about 2/3 of the way through, it stopped with the error message, "Copying music failed. The file name was invalid or too long." I don't know which file it is referring to. How do I find this out?
    I needed to cosolidate so I could backup the entire library to DVD. Now I'm left with two partially complete libraries with many duplicates.

    To find out which file it was, look at where you were
    copying them too and see which was the last file
    copied - and then go back to your source, and go to
    the next one - it should be that one.
    I just wanted to add that I had the same issue (failure to finish copying and "invalid or too long" error msg) and at first didn't see how looking for the last file copied would work since iTunes is copying into folders.
    Duh.
    Reverse sort by date modified (newest folder at the top of the list) then drill down to the folder containing the files being copied. Voila. There was the (missing) culprit, and I knew which file to rename in the source folder.
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  • Itunes for WIN7: attempting to copy to disk "..." failed.  The file name was invalid or too long

    itunes for WIN7: attempting to copy to disk "..." failed.  The file name was invalid or too long
    help!!

    Max. path length is 255 characters, or perhaps there are some non-displaying characters hidden there. Try dropping a song you want to add to iTunes into the Automatically to iTunes folder to see if that works any better.
    tt2

  • HT1751 I did all of the above and at the "Consolidate files" screen I clicked "ok" then it sayd "copying files failed. the file name was invalid or too long" and I had to click "OK"  I cannot consolidate the files to transport  to my external harddrive -h

    I would like to backup my itunes to my external hard drive
    I did all the steps up to "organize Liberary" which at this point I checked the box and the clicked"ok"
    it then said "copying files failed.  The file name was invalid or too long" "OK"
    It will  not let me consolidate the files so I can transfer to my external hard drive
    what am I doing wrong - any suggestions?
    thanks,

    Are you using consolidate files to bring in stray files to your main iTunes Media folder before backing up, or to copy the media folder to the external drive as part of backing up? If it is the latter then you are taking the wrong approach. See this user tip.
    Run my script Unconsolidated on the library. It will show you the remaining unconsolidated files which might give a clue as to which files iTunes is having a problem with. You can consolidate selected files in batches (select, right-click) as opposed to trying to do everything in one go. Alternatively you could try moving the remaining unconsolidated files with ConsolidateByMoving as long as this step is a precursor to a backup..
    tt2

  • HT1751 Consolidating files failed.  The file name was invalid or too long.  How to trouble shoot this?

    I am trying to move my iTunes library from old XP PC to Windows 7 PC, using an external hard drive.  Using tutorial and signed in as administrator.  Trying to consolidate my library and receive error message " Copying files fail. The file name was invalid or too long".    Don't know what to do as next step.   The library is sitting on the hard drive under the Administrator ID (My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music).  
    Any thoughts?

    You can select a group of tracks and consolidate from the right-click context menu. You coud try consolidating in batches, say all songs by artists beginning with A, then B, etc, then the other media types, until you can isolate a problem track and then try moving that by hand and fixing the broken link.
    I also have two scripts that could help you, Unconsolidated and ConsolidateByMoving. The first can make a playlist of all unconsolidated tracks, the second can consolidate a selection of tracks by moving them instead of copying.
    tt2

  • "The file name was invalid or too long" appears when I try to copy music form a CD to my computer using Windoww XP

    "The file name was invalid or too long" appears when I try to copy music from a CD to my compu
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    Go to the songs view sorted as Album by Artist. Select, for example, the songs of artists whose names begin A-E. Right-click and click consolidate files. Assuming this group consolidate without error move on to another group, say F-J. If there is an error divide the original group into smaller chunks until you can isolate which tracks are causing a problem.
    tt2

  • The iphone .... cannot be synced.The file name was invalid or too long.

    the iphone .... cannot be synced.The file name was invalid or too long.
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    Hi there rohitnitin,
    It looks like the article below addresses the error message you are describing.
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    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3697
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  • Copying Files Failed. The file name was invalid or too long.

    Hey,
    Whenever I try to consolidate my library, I get the message in my subject line.
    What is making the names invalid, and is there anyway to fix it in bulk instead of one by one?
    Thanks for your help.

    Perhaps nobody knows the answer? We're fellow users here answering questions in our free time when we think we've something useful to contribute.
    You can choose to *Consolidate selected tracks* with a right-click menu. Perhaps if you can identify a specific track that won't consolidate and examine the full path to the file & the path that iTunes would create when it consolidates the problem might become apparent. For example iTunes may not be able to move files if the source or destination path length exceeds 255 characters.
    tt2

  • HT203164 Converting error message:  "the file name was invalid or too long?""

    Any ideas about how to handle this block to importing CDs into iTunes?  It appeared suddenly, I think after updating iTunes.  Disk Drive is OK per iTunes diagnostic.  I also have tried to "repair" iTunes in Programs section of Control Panel.   No error message number is given.   selpan

    found a program that should locate the possible trouble here:
    http://www.dcsoft.com/products/longff/longff.htm
    Just leaves the question really of what was decided too long by itunes.

  • Copying files denied: the file name was invalid or too long

    hi there i keep getting the above error message pop up when i try to consolidate my library. basically im trying to move my music from its current location to a new computer via external hard drive following the itunes directions but this error message is preventing me from continuing.
    any ideas on what to do??? i have looked at other solutions on here and it tells you to go through files in list order but mine appear to be organised into folders.
    any help would be appreciated thank you!

    Perhaps nobody knows the answer? We're fellow users here answering questions in our free time when we think we've something useful to contribute.
    You can choose to *Consolidate selected tracks* with a right-click menu. Perhaps if you can identify a specific track that won't consolidate and examine the full path to the file & the path that iTunes would create when it consolidates the problem might become apparent. For example iTunes may not be able to move files if the source or destination path length exceeds 255 characters.
    tt2

  • Error message"Copying music failed.  The file name was invalid or too long"

    That's the message I get; no other details. I don't know which file. Or whether it's more than one file. How can I know/find out which file (and what a valid filename would be)? Grrrr...
    itunes managed to copy around 12 gigs before this happened, so I don't know what got copied and what didn't.
    Please help! I need to rebuild my playlists by Friday!
    Thanks so much in advance!!!
    Greg

    BUMP
    Yes, I just get that message. I don't see how I could investigate this problem.
    I didn't mention that this happened when I was consolidating my library, not copying files to another computer.
    In other words, I'm using a "normal" itunes procedure, itunes won't complete it, and won't tell me exactly why or how to figure out how to fix it...
    Is there at least some easy way to tell which files were successfully copied to my itunes music folder so I can work on moving the uncopied files?
    Can anybody help me?

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