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Hello,

I have an external USB 450 GB device. Recently, the files turned from My Documents to MYDOCU~1. This is also present when I insert other USB drives. If there is any way that I can change this without deleting all the files on the USB, please reply.

Also, if you believe this topic should be in another category, please tell me.

Thank you!

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You cant change them back, that info is lost, but you can stop it happening in future.

That drive is probably formatted as FAT or FAT32. FAT was designed for DOS and used on Win9x, so like them, it doesnt support long-filenames. Most drives ship like this though, as it has the bets support between different operating systems. Unusual in your case though, as normally higher capacity drives arent.

If you only intend to use that drive with windows XP or above, then reformat it as NTFS (remember this will wipe it!) which is more efficient and preserves both filenames and file permissions

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You cant change them back, that info is lost, but you can stop it happening in future.

That drive is probably formatted as FAT or FAT32. FAT was designed for DOS and used on Win9x, so like them, it doesnt support long-filenames. Most drives ship like this though, as it has the bets support between different operating systems. Unusual in your case though, as normally higher capacity drives arent.

If you only intend to use that drive with windows XP or above, then reformat it as NTFS (remember this will wipe it!) which is more efficient and preserves both filenames and file permissions

Hmm... I guess I will have to try that.

But, would I have to do the same thing to all USB drives when I first get them?

Also, I have a USB drive that can hold photo memory cards. Will formatting the cards before prevent what is happening with the other USBs? Or would I have to format the USB device that holds the memory cards?

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