RichCopy – Error Message – The system cannot find the file specified

For fast copies, I occasionally launch RichCopy, select the source & destination folders and allow it to do its thing.

As an aside, RichCopy was developed by Ken Tamaru of Microsoft.  He blogs @

This afternoon, I took the time to review its log and found an error message stating “The system cannot find the file specified”.

Not so sure the max length allowed for a file name, but in this case, the file’s full name (adding together the file’s folder and file name) was a wholesome 248 characters.

Pruned  (by removing some unneeded words) from the folder’s name, restarted the copy, thank goodness, the utility only processes changes, and the process completed without errors.

Ken’s blog contain other users’ feedback and some of them are using FastCopy.  Found that tool has a couple of things that are equally noteworthy:

  1. A listing functionality that allows one to review folder\file differences prior to performing the actual re-balancing (copying)
  2. Ability to gracefully handle folders and files with longer names

FastCopy is available @

Couple of other things:

  1. MS Windows 2003 has identical problems with “wordy” folder names.  Once I went back and tried to clean up the originating, source folders by issuing a delete command (del *.* /s), I encountered a problem stating “The directory name is too long”



  1. You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
  2. You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume

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