By default, the maximum path length limit in Windows is 260 characters. So if you see “Please enable NTFS long paths in your system.” error it means that the length of some path that are processed by the application is more than 260. However, it’s possible to remove this limitation to allow Backupery apps to access paths beyond the 260 characters limit. There are alternative ways to remove the limitations:

Using Group Policy

  1. Press Win keys on your keyboard and type gpedit.msc then press Enter. Group Policy Editor will be opened.
  2. Go to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Filesystem -> NTFS, then enable the Enable NTFS long paths option.
  3. Restart your Windows.

Group Policy Registry entry

  1. Press Win keys on your keyboard and type regedit then press Enter. Registry Editor will be opened.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Policies.
  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named LongPathsEnabled and set it to 1.
  4. Restart your Windows.

Filesystem Registry entry

  1. Press Win keys on your keyboard and type regedit then press Enter. Registry Editor will be opened.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem.
  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named LongPathsEnabled and set it to 1.
  4. Restart your Windows.

After restarting your Windows just run the backup again and it should work as expected.

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