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binar Feb 17, 2012, 12:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi to all,
In Win XP one was able to copy the Filename text string from a DVD or CD. Now in Win 7 64 bit this ability seems to be gone. Through GOOGLE, I learned that pressing SHIFT button and right mouse button together on a filename allows you to copy the entire path. This is not a good option because I only want the filename text and not all the other path garbage.

What do I need to tinker with in my Windows 7 to enable me to copy the filename from a DVD or a CD as a text string? I realize I could use a third party app such as SnagIt to grab the filename as text, but I want to avoid buying an app for something I was able to do in Windows XP without a problem. Any help appreciated. Thnx.


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Dr. Peaceful Feb 17, 2012, 02:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Copy Filename Text String from a Disk
Dude, CMD.exe is your friend.

Dir /b /o:n > filename.txt

john albrich Feb 17, 2012, 03:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2012, 03:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Copy Filename Text String from a Disk
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I know this isn't what you're asking for, but there are alternatives to Windows "explorer"...that provide a LOT more functionality and personal customization.
I know XYplorer provides what you want to do (and much more) in a right-click menu.

My favorite XYplorer (unfortunately, they no longer provide freeware version, but it does support both 32 and 64bit Win7)
http://www.xyplorer.com/index.htm

and freeware/donateware
Q-Dir (portable version)
http://majorgeeks.com/Q-Dir_d6000.html
I think Q-dir supported that, but it's been awhile since I used it. It has both 32bit and 64bit versions available for Win7. It won't hurt to try since it's freeware. Of course, whenever trying ANY new program, I recommend making a complete backup prior to running the install and/or before using the program.


I have no personal or financial interest in majorgeeks.com, the programs or groups associated with them.

edit to add:
BTW, majorgeeks does a very good job of vetting the programs on their site.

binar Feb 18, 2012, 05:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Copy Filename Text String from a Disk
John,
Thanks for your reply. I guess there is no way in WIndows7 to tinker around within the system to disable this DVD filename copy block since no one out there has offered any opinions. I don't want this to sound like a rant, but I wish those knuckleheads at Microsoft had the common sense to leave well enough alone. Don't they realize the inconvenience they are creating. I am finding myself having to retype TEXT string data now that I was able to freely copy before in WIndows XP from a DVD.

What you are proposing is a viable option. I have some limited knowledge of XYplorer and my only hesitation has always been that it might conflict with my WIndows Explorer app (which essentially is a database app) and the end result will be lost data. In other words, I question the wisdom in having two different file database management apps controlling the file structure in my hard drive. I have this concern that if I have two differenct apps organizing the file structure in my hard drive eventuallly I will end up with corrupt data.

But it looks like I'm going to have to set my concerns aside, because the task I have at hand is being made a lot more difficult by having to rely on Windows Explorer. The task I have is to to populated my new 20 TB RAID 6 fileserver with all kinds of media I have on DVD. So picture this, I look through 100 files on a DVD and it would be very helpful if I could color highlight all of the files I want to copy over to my RAID array as a way of separating them from the files I want to leave behind on the DVD. After some Google reseach I have found out that Windows Explorer does not support tagging or highlighting files to make my life easier. However, XYexplorer does. So it looks like I'm going to have to buy this app to make up for Windows Explorer difficiencies. Thanks to all for their post.


Reason   Feb 19, 2012, 02:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah, WinEx has a lot of deficiencies, I use Explorer++ because of that. I'm also annoyed that it took me so long to find the replacement keyboard shortcut to maximize a window, a la Alt + X + Space in XP, with Win + Up arrow.

Does F2 not highlight the filename allowing you to copy it?

Googling found this program:
http://www.extrabit.com/copyfilenames/

Which I have not used or reviewed and can't vouch for, but looks like it might do what you need.

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john albrich Feb 19, 2012, 09:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Reason   said:
...Googling found this program:
http://www.extrabit.com/copyfilenames/
Which I have not used or reviewed and can't vouch for, but looks like it might do what you need.


Since Reason warned about not having used "Copy Filenames" I thought I'd add a general warning re: "free download" software, using this one as an example.

There's also a "Copy Filenames Pro", so if one plans to check out the free version, one might want to first determine if the free version is ADWARE, NAGWARE, etc.

The extrabit website does not say AND the free version of the program does not seem to be provided on common download sites like CNET, majorgeeks, and softpedia (where such "minor" details are usually provided). That is sometimes a strong indicator that it's one of those really annoying kind of programs and may constantly "remind" you of the wonderful features of the "pro" version. I don't know if it does that...just a word of caution.

One reason I like majorgeeks.com download website is that they do a very good job of vetting the programs and you'll be warned if something is adware, nagware, etc.

CNET does have info/ratings, but only on the 30-day trial version 3.0 (vs. 3.1 on extrabit's website)...not the free version, which has significantly fewer features.

Note also that extrabit's free version is restricted to non-commercial use only, so if using in a business, one must pay for the Pro license.

binar Feb 20, 2012, 10:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Reason,
Thanks for your reply. I tried your "F2" keystroke shortcut with great anticipation. I learned it works for files that are residing on my hard drive. But it does not work for files that are burned to a DVD or CD. In Windows XP I was able to copy filename text strings from files burned onto a DVD or CD. Now in Windows 7 this feature seems to be gone. In addition, I tried "F2 + Control", "F2 + Shift", "F2 + Alt", and "F2 + Windows". None of these variations work.

Does a secret Windows 7 keystroke shortcut exist that will enable me to copy filename text strings from files burned onto a DVD or CD?

Is there anyway to learn from the MicroSoft website if this feature has been eliminated for Windows 7?

Any info appreciated. Thanks.

binar Feb 20, 2012, 10:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Reason,
Thanks for your reply. I tried your "F2" keystroke shortcut with great anticipation. I learned it works for files that are residing on my hard drive. But it does not work for files that are burned to a DVD or CD. In Windows XP I was able to copy filename text strings from files burned onto a DVD or CD. Now in Windows 7 this feature seems to be gone. In addition, I tried "F2 + Control", "F2 + Shift", "F2 + Alt", and "F2 + Windows". None of these variations work.

Does a secret Windows 7 keystroke shortcut exist that will enable me to copy filename text strings from files burned onto a DVD or CD?

Is there anyway to learn from the MicroSoft website if this feature has been eliminated for Windows 7?

Any info appreciated. Thanks.

john albrich Feb 20, 2012, 12:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 20, 2012, 12:30pm EST

 
>> Re: Copy Filename Text String from a Disk
binar said:
Reason,
Thanks for your reply. I tried your "F2" keystroke shortcut with great anticipation. I learned it works for files that are residing on my hard drive. But it does not work for files that are burned to a DVD or CD....


I wonder if that's a "removable media" thing? If so, the F2 filename copying trick might also not work on SATA drives registered as removable (e.g. SATA AHCI mode v. IDE).

Does anyone have their SATA drives setup as "removable" so they can try it and confirm one way or the other? (note: if you have an external drive connected to a eSATA port, it might be already configured as "removable")

Dr. Peaceful Feb 20, 2012, 04:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I can't believe my command line instruction's completely ignored. If all you want is to grab the filename as text, the Dir command will be the simplest solution. No matter if it's a DVD, CD, or other removable media, it will work.

First open up the command prompt (cmd.exe), then traverse to the DVD directory where the file you want is located. Then use the Dir command with the appropriate flags you need. For example:

dir /b /a-d /on A*.pdf > c:\filenames.txt

This command will show you the filename in bare format, of any files not a directory, then order it alphabetically, then narrow it down for files start with letter "A" and of ".pdf" extension, and lastly output it to a text file call "filenames.txt" in c drive. You get the idea, read the Dir command help for more details.

From the output "filenames.txt", you will find the filenames you need. You can output a whole list filenames this way, not just for only one file.

The reason why for a DVD, in the Explorer GUI, the filename can not be copied and grey out in the file Properties dialog, is because it's treated as a read only media. It is a deficiency of the Explorer GUI. If you browse the DVD files with a burner program, such as Nero, then you can probably copy the filename from their GUI.

But regardless, the command prompt still rules! ;)

john albrich Feb 20, 2012, 05:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dr. Žaz said:
I can't believe my command line instruction's completely ignored. If all you want is to grab the filename as text, the Dir command will be the simplest solution. No matter if it's a DVD, CD, or other removable media, it will work....
But regardless, the command prompt still rules! ;)

I agree with Dr. Žaz. The command line is extremely powerful and helpful. However, keep in mind that command line usage can be VERY unforgiving if you make a mistake.

You can also greatly expand it's power/flexibility, at least for file management, by using a program like XXCOPY-freeware and XXCOPY-Home (both are limited to personal use. Business/organization use requires purchasing a license(s). I've used the freeware for a number of years to do some incredible file manipulation. For more info:
http://www.xxcopy.com/xcpy_chm.zip (downloadable help file)
http://www.xxcopy.com/xcpytbul.htm (online manual)
http://www.xxcopy.com/xxtb_026.htm (current list of command line parms)

http://majorgeeks.com/XXCOPY_d6544.html
Win XP/2003/08/Vista/Windows7
XXCOPY is:
A versatile file management tool for Microsoft Windows®.
It is a command-line program (without graphical user interface).
Supports all Windows versions (except Windows CE).
It has more command switches (>230) than any other tool of its kind.
An ideal component for batch files for simple and complex scripting.
Accesses remote (networked) computer storage and local external USB drives.
Command syntax compatible with Microsoft's XCOPY with few exceptions.
Competes with (supersedes) Microsoft's RoboCopy.
One download package contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit XXCOPY versions.
Extremely rich in file-selection mechanism (by filedate, size, attrib, etc.).
Wild-Wildcard (specify a path with wildcard anywhere for any number of times).
Functions for Copy, List, Gather, Delete, Move, Flatten-Dir, and more ...
A very mature product (the first XXCOPY version was published in 1999).

Dr. Peaceful Feb 20, 2012, 05:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Here is another solution. Just need a bit of VB coding and registry tweaks. ;)
http://www.gnostice.com/nl_article.asp?id=168

Reason   Feb 21, 2012, 12:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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john albrich said:
binar said:
Reason,
Thanks for your reply. I tried your "F2" keystroke shortcut with great anticipation. I learned it works for files that are residing on my hard drive. But it does not work for files that are burned to a DVD or CD....


I wonder if that's a "removable media" thing? If so, the F2 filename copying trick might also not work on SATA drives registered as removable (e.g. SATA AHCI mode v. IDE).

Does anyone have their SATA drives setup as "removable" so they can try it and confirm one way or the other? (note: if you have an external drive connected to a eSATA port, it might be already configured as "removable")


Oh, you know what it is, is that F2 lets you "edit" the filename, which of course generally can't be done on a disk - it's already burned.

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binar Feb 21, 2012, 11:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Reason,
I tried F2 on several filenames located in an external hard drive that is connected via USB. The F2 shortcut is successful for grabing filename textstrings from files located on an external hard drive.

The problem is with filenames burned onto a DVD or CD. In this situation F2 does not work. However, in WIndows XP this was not the case. So it seems that Microsoft has eliminated this feature for WIndows 7 64bit.

I'm going to research XYExplorer and Explorer++. I would appreciated hearing back from anyone as to which is the better app to go with and that will not conflict with my Windows Explorer. Any info appreciated. Thnx.

binar Feb 21, 2012, 11:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dr. Paz,
Thanks for you post. I am familiar with using the Dir Command to grab text from Windows Explorer. It's a viable work around, but it does not appeal to me because it requires working outside of Windows Explorer. My interest is in finding out a way I could tweak Windows Explorer so that I could unlock the lock they have put on filename textstrings located on a burned DVD or CD. Thanks for your help.

john albrich Feb 22, 2012, 02:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 22, 2012, 02:17pm EST

 
>> Re: Copy Filename Text String from a Disk
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Here's something I just ran across that looks interesting if one is interested in going the command line route...I have NOT tried it, but the command line functionality extensions look impressive. However, note the freeware "TCC_LE" version is probably a stripped-down version, and the full version costs a whopping US$100. That seems terribly pricey to me. There's an "Introduction" to the program on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeAPFpFP3_k

http://majorgeeks.com/TCC_LE_d4655.html
Win XP/2003/08/Vista/Windows7 (32 and 64 bit versions)
If you're frustrated by the limitations of the Windows command prompt, then TCC LE is the one command line tool you need. By adding thousands of features that Microsoft neglected, TCC LE makes the command line easy to use, providing more power and flexibility than you ever imagined. TCC LE is a powerful alternative to the Windows command processor, CMD - the program behind your C:\> prompt. TCC LE enhances most of CMD's commands, and adds a wide variety of new commands designed to aid everyone from the new user to the serious batch programmer.



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