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External hard drive error when moving files

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#1 cknox121


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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:09 PM


I have a 250GB WD external hard drive. It has 39.8GB of free space left. When I try to move 4.98GB video file from my desktop hard drive I get this error message.

"Cannot copy Gladiator: There is not enough free disk space.

Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again.

To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click Disk Cleanup."

I've already been deleting old files and have freed up around 10GB but I am still getting this message.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:36 AM

Is the external drive formatted with FAT32 file system? You will get this error if you try to put a file 4GB or larger onto a FAT32 partition, it can only store files smaller than this. If so, and you want to be able to store such larger files, the drive would need to be converted (in part or completely) to a more capable file system such as NTFS. That will limit its use on other OSs like Win9x, Mac and Linux - if that matters, having two partition, one each of FAT32 and NTFS will accommodate that.

Edited by Platypus, 18 December 2010 - 12:36 AM.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:21 AM

I think it is a FAT32, I don't have any other files on it larger than 4 GB. How do I go about changing it?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:04 AM

:step1: Backup all important files, folders to an external hard drive or DVD.

:step2: The conversion process must be initiated in the command prompt so:

* Click Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt.

* Click Start -> Run -> Type cmd in the box -> Press enter.convert fat32 to ntfs How to Convert FAT32 to NTFS

:step3: By now the command prompt should have opened up. In case you didn't know, the command prompt is the black screen with white text.

:step4: Now type vol followed by the name of the drive you wish to convert

* Example : For D drive type vol d:

:step5: A name and a serial number will be displayed on the screen. Note down the name as you will need it later.

:step6: Now type convert (drive letter) /fs:ntfs.

* Example : To convert D drive to ntfs type convert d: /fs:ntfs

:step7: In the case that your operating system is on the drive you want to convert, the program will ask whether you would like to schedule the conversion for when the system is restarting. If you would like to do so, Click Yes.

:step8: Next, the system will prompt you for the label name of the drive you wish to convert. It will appear as follows :

The type of file system is FAT.

Enter the current volume label for drive d: (or whichever drive you chose)

:step9: Enter the volume name you noted down earlier and press ENTER.

:step10: Once the conversion process is complete you can quit command prompt by typing exit and pressing enter.

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