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My MyBook says it has 463BGB free space but doesn't act like it

I'm trying to back up a 6GB pst file on my 500GB mybook which presently only has 2GB used...it keeps telling me that there is not enough free disk space...what can I do?

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Hey,

There is a FileSize limit on FAT32 filesystem that doesn't allow files larger than 4GB. make sure the drive is format as NTFS, or if your using a mac, that won't work and you would need to split the file into to parts.


Let me know if you need anything else.


Thanks,
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Posted on Feb 21, 2009

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Somehow the windows might have taken control of the hard drive using it as virtual memory. if you know how to go to the virtual memory section of your control panel try to go there and see if the external drive is being used for this if it is disable it and save. here is how you get there.
At Control Panel | System | Advanced, click Settings in the “Performance” Section. On the Advanced page of the result, the current total physical size of all page files that may be in existence is shown. Click Change to make settings for the Virtual memory operation. Here you can select any drive partition and set either ‘Custom’; ‘System Managed’ or ‘No page file’; then always click Set before going on to the next partition.
now restart to complete settings. after restart check to see if you now can use this space. if not i have another solution,
What you can do since you only have 2 gigs of info is transfer the info onto a dvd so you have a good backup anyhow. or you can transfer the files back to your c:/ drive
now go to 'my computer' and right click it. now goto manage, now to disk management, now you can find your external drive there ( it will say roughly 465 gb) and now right click it and format it using ntfs file system. THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. so make sure you double check your backup dvd and make sure info is there or check your c drive if you moved files there.

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