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Hard Drive Problem

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#1 nutxe


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Posted 27 December 2005 - 12:33 AM

I've been trying to move a rather large DVD image file (4.35 gb, "img" file type) to an external usb 2.0 250 gb hard drive. The hard drive has 209 gb of free space, according to windows explorer and to Disk Management. It's a fat32 filesystem.

However, when I try to move the dvd image from my internal hard drive to the external one, windows explorer displays a message that says:

"There is not enough free disk space.

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

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

I did a quick check for drive errors. there were none.

I've never seen anything like this. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 02:31 AM

It could be a fragmentation problem. Run defrag on both drives and try again.

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#3 nutxe

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 03:47 AM

Windows XP professional, with sp2

The 250 gb hard drive shouldn't be too fragmented; it's new.
The main hard drive might be. It's worth a try.

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 09:46 AM

Could be a buffer problem, not enough memory. Try increasing you swap file utill after the transfer.
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 03:48 PM

the problem you are encountering is because Fat 32 does not perform well with such large files. 4 gig and larger files should be put on a NTFS partition

if I were in your shoes / I would reorganize your drive and install another partition >>>> and format it with NTFS fopr your big files

your could use a program like partition magic or (30 day trial ) period for Boot It NG works real well >>> has an easy to understand manual which you will need to print out !!


or seeing as you have so little stuff on it now / I would back-up the data you have on the external drive to an internal and turn the whole external drive to NTFS (reformat)

but if you need to use that drive with another computer uisng win 98 or win ME / those OS's cant read an NTFS file system / if that situtation is what you need to do >>>> you would need to make another partition with one partition being NTFS



Edited by linderman, 27 December 2005 - 03:51 PM.

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