Microsoft keeps a limit of 258 characters for the refer of a ‘file or sub-folder path.’ If this limit is exceeded, yous mightiness non endure delete, move, or rename the sub-folder/file. In such a situation, attempting to copy-paste or delete the file or sub-folder would hand the next error:
The beginning file name(s) are larger than is supported past times the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or test renaming to shorter name(s) earlier attempting this operation.
The beginning file name(s) are larger than is supported past times the file system
This province of affairs typically happens when yous practise a lot of sub-folders, in addition to the path address becomes long. In this situation, the folder would maintain occupying valuable infinite inward the system. However, it tin neither endure used nor deleted.
To resolve the problem, yous could maintain amongst the next solutions sequentially:
- Permanently delete the file/sub-folder
- Use third-party software to delete the file/sub-folder.
1] Permanently delete the file/sub-folder
You wouldn’t endure able to post the troublesome file/sub-folder to the Recycle Bin since yous are changing its path which is non possible. However, yous tin delete the file/sub-folder permanently.
Select on the principal folder in addition to press SHIFT+DEL to delete it permanently.
2] Use third-party software to delete the folder
Unlike Windows’ in-built functionality, DeleteOnClick software neither sends the file to the Recycle Bin nor does it only sideline infinite on the displace for to a greater extent than software (which SHIFT+DEL) does. Thus, yous could usage the freeware to delete the file/sub-folder.
You could usage other third-party free file deleter software products designed to delete locked files for resolving the final result inward discussion. These freeware products are specifically meant to tending when the file cannot endure deleted using the commons mechanism.
Some users bring also suggested that mapping a network displace to a shorter path could tending to forcefulness deletion of the file/sub-folder. However, this didn’t piece of employment for me.