# What is the recommended backup solution for backup files with weird & funny chars in them?

What is the recommended backup solution for copying files with weird & funny chars in them? e.g. accented chars, square brackets, ampersands, files beginning with periods in them. I'm using Syncback at the moment to copy files from a server to an external drive running NTFS. Syncback doesn't appear to copy these files and some of them I also cannot copy and paste via windows explorer. Is there any way around this problem?

I'm running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

\ARCHIVE\Tourist Board \for ARCHIVE Folder\af playa cadiz ingles\Imágenes._PREGONDA.tif

\ARCHIVE\Tourist Board \for ARCHIVE Folder._.DS_Store

\ARCHIVE\Tourist Board \Backup\STB DPS [556x340].indd

\ARCHIVE\Tourist Board \af murcia playa INGLES\Im†genes\playa murcia.1.tif

\Vector maps\web pdfs\Summer_2007 \sorrento_capri&amalfi_summer_07 249-266.pdf

\Vector maps\web pdfs\Summer_2007 \summer fc_07 OVERPRINT.pdf

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In your case get as far as you can from the OS: either install cygwin and tar the directories, or mount the disk on a Linux machine and, again, tar. –  ring0 Oct 8 '10 at 13:33