Not enough space?


N

natka

hi...
win xp ser.pack 3
i just installed a new external 1tb WD hard drive and when i try to
copy my dvd movie 4.7gb i get this message:
Cannot copy.There is not enough free disk space.
And i know there is more then 900gb available .
Could you plese help me to solve this problem.
Thank you.
Best Regards
natka
 
J

JS

Is your external drive formatted as FAT32?
If it is, format it as NTFS.
 
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K

Ken Blake, MVP

hi...
win xp ser.pack 3
i just installed a new external 1tb WD hard drive and when i try to
copy my dvd movie 4.7gb i get this message:
Cannot copy.There is not enough free disk space.
And i know there is more then 900gb available .
Could you plese help me to solve this problem.

Your external drive is formatted as FAT32, and FAT32 has a file size
limit of 4GB.

If you try to write a file larger than 4GB you get the very poor,
misleading message you got.

Your solution is to reformat the drive as NTFS.
 
N

natka

Your external drive is formatted as FAT32, and FAT32 has a file size
limit of 4GB.

If you try to write a file larger than 4GB you get the very poor,
misleading message you got.

Your solution is to reformat the drive as NTFS.
please let me ask You one more question...
how i can do format and portition..
thank Sir.
Regards
natka
 
H

HeyBub

natka said:
please let me ask You one more question...
how i can do format and portition..
thank Sir.
Regards
natka
Pick Start, Help, type "Format" then select "Format a basic volume." Follow
the on-screen instructions.
 
T

Twayne

natka said:
hi...
win xp ser.pack 3
i just installed a new external 1tb WD hard
drive and when i try to
copy my dvd movie 4.7gb i get this message:
Cannot copy.There is not enough free disk space.
And i know there is more then 900gb available .
Could you plese help me to solve this problem.
Thank you.
Best Regards
natka
Not enough details given. It could be anything
from the program's inability to count that high to
a corruption/setting someplace or even in some
cases using the FAT file system but I'm not
certain it would be that particular message in
that case.
 
P

Patrick Keenan

natka said:
please let me ask You one more question...
how i can do format and portition..
thank Sir.
Regards
natka
Formatting is not necessary. Simply use the "convert" command. Help will
tell you all you need for that.

HTH
-pk
 
K

Ken Blake, MVP

Formatting is not necessary. Simply use the "convert" command.

You are certainly correct, and I should have mentioned that. Thanks
for the addition.

Help will
tell you all you need for that.

But not quite. He should first read http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfscvt.htm
because there's an important issue regarding cluster size that isn't
obvious.

Also note that conversion is a big step, affecting everything on your
drive. When you take such a big step, no matter how unlikely, it is
always possible that something could go wrong. For that reason, it's
prudent to make sure you have a backup of anything you can't afford to
lose before beginning.
 
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J

JS

Convert works but it doesn't necessarily
choose the optimal cluster size. If the
user's drive is empty formatting would
be the better choice.
 

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