Windows 10: bulk file renaming (intention is to shorten filenames)

Discus and support bulk file renaming (intention is to shorten filenames) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; basically l have over 50 files that lm unable to download to the location l wish to on my laptop (each file is about a gig), however their filenames... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by auroken, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. auroken Win User

    bulk file renaming (intention is to shorten filenames)


    basically l have over 50 files that lm unable to download to the location l wish to on my laptop (each file is about a gig), however their filenames are quite long which leads me to the 255 character limit.

    my intention was to originally use winscp to batch rename but lm not sure of the syntax, so my next idea is to download them to the rood of my C: drive and batch rename from there.

    basically l wish to shorten the filenames rather than completely rename, currently the filenames have a unique 5 character alphanumeric prefix followed by the rest of the filename and extension eg SW854-filename.ext, l wish to retain part of the file name so l can still reference the files to my database and keep within windows filesystem limitations essentially l wish to output something like this SW854.ext especially seeing as l plan to move to an external drive once lm done processing the files.

    is there any way to achieve shortening filenames while retaining important information? any solutions to achieving this would be appreciated.

    :)
     
    auroken, Jun 13, 2018
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  2. DougMoreland Win User

    Batch File to Bulk Rename files with information from file "properties"

    I recently had a hard drive failure that cost me fifteen years worth of files and data. I am recovering the files currently using Puran file recovery, which seems to be working. However, all the MS Word files (for instance) I recover are simply named "0000001.docx"
    and the associated file creation date (listed in Details View) is the time Puran recovered the file. I now have a pile of 10,000 .docx files and I need to find the most recent version of ONE document.

    If I r-click each one, it tells me when the file was actually created by the user, e.g. 9/1/2015 instead of toady's date 30 minutes ago. Is there anyway to bulk rename all these files be extracting their actual "last saved on" dates in their "properties"
    information and using that as the file name?
     
    DougMoreland, Jun 14, 2018
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  3. Steve Cochran Win User
    Advanced Renaming Bulk Files

    How about renaming Directory B to Directory A after renaming Directory A to C?

    That way the files are not renamed, but the directories are swapped.

    steve
     
    Steve Cochran, Jun 14, 2018
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  4. dalchina Win User

    bulk file renaming (intention is to shorten filenames)

    How to Bulk Rename files with information from file "properties"?


    Hi, I think this is possible with this free utility- you'd have to try and check. It's a bit fiddly to use.

    Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility

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    We do strongly recommend the use of disk imaging- for the OS, and all disks/partitions. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external backup storage. Means you can recover your PC & data even after a disk failure.
     
    dalchina, Jun 14, 2018
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