# How to move data to Windows reliably?

I have a laptop which has Lubuntu installed and I have about 30-40GB of videos, documents, pictures and music files on it. I would like to move the data to another hard drive/pendrive and use it on a PC that has Windows installed. The problem is that the data on Lubunutu PC is not "Windows compatible", what I mean is the file names and paths may contain such characters that windows cannot handle (already tried it), like "?" or ":" characters (not my fault I swear). So when I would like to open a directory which contains a not "windows compatible" file or directory on windows, that directory won't be opened, I will get an error.

Of course, I know that I should correct these on a linux machine and It will work on windows, but my question is, How can I move the data to another path and also correct these problems automatically (delete or replace those characters for example)? I don't want to look through thousands of files manually, just to delete such characters, even then I could miss some of it.

• You understand that with a command line method you can just replace any char by any other char? And all you need is a list of illegal chars? – Rinzwind Mar 14 '16 at 12:07
• – Rinzwind Mar 14 '16 at 12:08
• Yeah, but my father also would like to use something to solve this and he will not use the command line I am sure. – appl3r Mar 14 '16 at 12:47

Doing it this way, files which names cotains a backslash (\) will be handled unexpected: