Hi. So I need to re-install my OS.
Which means I have to back up my files.
But when I try to copy and paste my files to another hard drive, it says "invalid file name".
I have 200GB to back up.
It's impractical for me to manually have to go through my folders every time this happens and change the file name to a valid one.
I don't even know why one file name is invalid.
I wanna just do something else while all the files copy and paste.
Edit: it says: exFAT (version 1.0).
The Fat 32-bit was for a small partition on this disk, but most of the disk is exfat. Edit: can I partition some of it and back up my files there? It has plenty of free space.
Is this necessary? I always thought that the resizing process would handle this. In "Disks" when I try to resize a partition I see a message that warns me about the process may take longer if there's data that needs to be moved.
In any case, @AMixOfGeekStuff you should be fine resizing the main partition as long as the there's enough space left over in one of the partitions to accommodate the already existing data.
If you have another drive or USB stick you can use that first as a test run to make sure you are comfortable with the process.
The problem here is that a whitespace in Linux filesystems e.g.: EXT4 is "escaped" by prefixing the backslash character \, so that a filename like "2023 holiday pictures" would become "2023\ holiday\ pictures". The backslash character is illegal in Windows filesystem NTFS and, I would presume based on this thread, also in FAT32.
It is not strictly necessary, but there are good reasons to do it:
In Windows, Defrag is built for the purpose of safely moving files. It has redundancy.
Copying files in a partition move may just respray them in a different space, rather than blocking like-files together.
Moving during partition can increase the time partitioning takes. A user may believe that the process has hung up. This can cause them to try to halt the process, adding additional problems or file loss. When they defrag first, their expectations are met, reducing anxiety.