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Free space on my external hdd

I have a Western Digital Elements external HDD, and it says I have 130Gig of free space. When I try to copy over a 6Gig file, it says my drive is full.
Now, I have entered the Recycle Bin on the HDD and emptied it, there seem to be no errors on the drive. Help please! i have the wd elements 500gb and i've got 450 gb or so left on it. when i try to copy over a file 5.4 gb in size it just tells me the disk is full and offers to do a disk cleanup. i don't understand why it keeps doing this, 'cause i can copy over a large number of smaller files that add up to a similar size.

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If your External HDD file system is configured as FAT32 instead of NTFS, the max file size limit . By using NTFS, you get increased security, file compression, disk quotas, and encryption—features you don't get with FAT.

To convert the default (FAT32 to NTFS):
1.
Close all open programs to avoid loss of data. Be prepared to restart your computer.
2.
Open Command Prompt, and at the command prompt, type convert C: /FS:NTFS, where C represents the drive letter of the disk to convert. Press Enter or Return on the keyboard.
3.
Wait while the process completes. Don't do anything while the conversion is taking place.
You can also open a Command Prompt from the Run line (available from the Start menu). Just type cmd and press Enter.

Other useful links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table

http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/38803/understanding-file-size-limits-on-ntfs-and-fat.html

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