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Long Filenames

Long filenames use special tricks in the directory structure to store names of up to about 250 characters while maintaining compatibility with older DOS and Windows 3.x applications that use standard short filenames..

In terms of backup, LFNs present no concern as long as you use a backup utility that knows how to deal with them. You do have to exercise some caution when moving files between PCs due to the tendency for the short filename aliases to move around when changing files between systems. For standard backup of a PC, long filenames should not pose a problem if you are using the right software.

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