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My Hitachi XL500 500GB external drive which I use for back-up keeps filling up, but when I check the size of the folders in properties they all add up to less than 200GB. Any ideas?

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It could have a partition.

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SAYS HITACHI DRIVE IS FULL


Maybe... you need to free up.... space..? (Sorry, could not resist...)

That is, try to delete files or empty the virtual Trash Bin. If you are certain that there should be enough free space, try a filesystem check. In windows, open the windows explorer (NOT internet-explorer), right-click on the drive-letter, choose properties->tools. There is something like "check for errors". (this depends on version and language of the OS).

I had a program that couldn't cope with too much free space. Almost filling up the drive with some random files made the program work. Ok, this was 20 years ago.

Jan 16, 2014 | Hitachi 750GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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Can't find back-up folder


You might have to create a folder you can do this by right clicking in the backup destination drive selecting new folder and name it lets say Back Up 2012 for the excercise.

Determine how much space you need.

The first step in backing up your hard drive is to figure out how much space you will need to back up all of your files.


You can do this in a couple of ways.

Find out how large the hard drive is on your computer first to see if you can back up the whole thing. Click on "My Computer," right-click the "C" drive and select "Properties."


This shows the approximate size of your hard drive, how much space is actually taken, plus the space used by your operating system.


If your hard drive size is manageable (the space actually taken), back up the whole thing.

Your second option is to create a file called "Backup" and copy all of your important files into it.


Right-click on the folder once everything is copied over and choose "Properties" to find out the size of the folder.

This is how much space you will need to back up your important files only.


Choose a backup method.

Choose either an external hard drive, data disks (CDs, for example) or use an online backup service.



Plug the flash drive or the External Hard drive into your computer's rectangular-shaped USB drive.

Wait for Windows to recognize the system.


Windows operating systems use "plug and play" technology, which means that computer peripherals like USB flash drives can be recognized instantly by the system without further need for device configuration.


Open the drive on your computer.

Open the "My Computer" directory if using Windows XP or the "Computer" directory if using


Windows 7 or Vista. Locate the flash drive letter and icon under the section named "Devices with Removable Storage." Double-click the flash drive icon to open it.


Transfer files to the flash drive.

Click the "Restore" button in the top-right corner of the "Computer" or "My Computer" directory to shrink the window so that you can view your computer's desktop background.


Open the folders or locations of the files which you want to save to the flash drive.

Click and drag with your mouse each of the files and folders you want to save to the flash drive over to the empty space in the "My Computer" or "Computer" window.


Release the mouse button to let the files "drop."

Close the windows and directory locations when finished.


Save files directly onto the flash drive. From an open file (i.e. text, spreadsheet, image files. etc.), click the "File" menu and "Save as" option.


Select the "My Computer" or "Computer" directory in the drop-down menu at the top of the "Save As" box. Double-click the flash drive letter under the "Devices with Removable Storage" section.


Click the "Save" button to save the file onto the flash drive.

Close the windows and files when finished


Hope this helps.

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Seagate expansion external drive backup


Determine how much space you need.

The first step in backing up your hard drive is to figure out how much space you will need to back up all of your files.


You can do this in a couple of ways.

Find out how large the hard drive is on your computer first to see if you can back up the whole thing. Click on "My Computer," right-click the "C" drive and select "Properties."


This shows the approximate size of your hard drive, how much space is actually taken, plus the space used by your operating system.


If your hard drive size is manageable (the space actually taken), back up the whole thing.

Your second option is to create a file called "Backup" and copy all of your important files into it.


Right-click on the folder once everything is copied over and choose "Properties" to find out the size of the folder.

This is how much space you will need to back up your important files only.


Choose a backup method. Choose either an external hard drive, data disks (CDs, for example) or use an online backup service.


There are advantages and disadvantages to all.

An external drive is convenient because you can plug it into other computers and immediately transfer or copy files without needing the Internet or having to worry at all about security.


However you have to carry the drive with you and always face the remote possibility that both your computer and the hard drive would break.


Data disks provide the same advantages and disadvantages as external hard drives: portability, but the possibility of theft or breakage.

You can also use an online backup service.


These services range in price depending on the amount of storage.

The advantage of an online service is that you can access your files from anywhere there is Internet, and it is generally cheaper, especially for small amounts of service.


Also, you don't need to carry or store another piece of equipment.

The disadvantage is your backup is stored on the service's external server, so security is a potential issue.


Back up your files. Once you have chosen your method of backup, do not forget the most important step: back up your files.


For external media, go into "My Computer" and double-click the "C" drive to open it.

Select all the files if backing up your entire hard drive, or select your "Backup" folder if just backing up your important files.


Holding your "CTRL" key, drag your selected files to your back up source, either your external hard drive or data disk drive.


Release your mouse button and "CTRL" key and allow the files to be copied onto your backup media.


hope this helps




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How to transfer my life studio from one computer to another


Connect the external hard drive to the host computer.

This connection is most commonly made with a USB-style connector.


However, eSATA connectors are becoming more prevalent in the general computing market.

Plug the external hard drive into an electrical power source.



Navigate to the external hard drive listing under the "My Computer" window.

This is opened by double-clicking the "Computer" or "My Computer" desktop icon.


Double-click the external hard drive drive icon listing and navigate to the files to be copied using the provided navigation window.


Right-click the files to be transferred and select the "Copy" heading from the context menu.

Navigate to the destination folder on the host computers hard drive using the same navigation window.


Right-click within the folder and select the "Paste" option.

This begins the process of transferring the files to the computers hard drive.


This process takes several minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the files and the speeds of the hard drives.


A progress bar will appear to keep the user informed of the process completion status.


hope this helps

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Simpletech 60GB external HD, can not open


assuming that u r using win xp pro sp2..
it seems that the folder is corrupted or the files r too large in size..it also happens to unknown file format or association type..try opening using the right click->'open with'..!!..

however, hv a licensed andUPDATED antivirus installed (i prefer avg/kaspersky, , withoutupdation a full version antivirus is useless)..
download, install n run microsoft kb890830..http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AD724AE0-E72D-4F54-9AB3-75B8EB148356&displaylang=en..
download n run Startup Control Panel..http://download.cnet.com/Startup-Control-Panel/3000-2094_4-10039330.html..'removeall the unnecessary startup items from here..(if u can't find what toremove, post me/us in ur comment with all the items listed in each nevery tabs herein)..
remove all unnecessary software from add/remove programs..
download, install n run 'Advanced System Care Pro'..http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Pro/3000-2086_4-10399324.html..
disablethe follwing: a) 'Automatically Restart' right click on mycomputer->properties->advanced->startup nrecovery->(uncheck on the) Automatically Restart; b) 'ErrorReporting' right click on mycomputer->properties->advanced->error reporting->disableerror reporting->(uncheck on the) 'but notify me when critical erroroccur'..

to hv better supervision try contacting ur system admin/vendor....

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Hitachi SimpleDrive 320GB: Error moving file: Access denied!


The problem may be that your Security settings for the drive are not configured to give you Full Control.

In Explorer, right-click on the Hitachi drive and choose Properties.
Go to the Security tab.

Find the User you are trying to use and click on it.
Under Permissions, click Edit and enable Full Control for that user.

That should give you the ability to do what you need to.

If Windows won't allow you to change the setting, it's because you don't have Administrator priviledges. In that case, log out and log back in as an Administrator and go back and make the changes.

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I can't backup files, because it says I have no more room. How can I fix this?


Delete some files or backups. If your backups are appending or creating a new file every time without replacing the old ones, it will eventually fill up.

If the drive is not full, it may be your file system. If the partition is formatted FAT32, you have a maximum file size of 4 GB. The backup will proceed until the file size reaches 4 GB, then it will close out and the rest of the files will not be backed up.

Using Disk Management, you can create a new partition, this tiime NTFS. Unfortunately, you'll lose all files on the drive when you partition so you'll need a place to move the files to temporarily.

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I keep tryin to safe or delete files but it keeps saying it's write-protected


Dear,

1. Make sure you have full rights to do so.
2. Check the properties of drive or folder if it is write protected then change the properties.

Regards,
Rakesh Kumar

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In the explorer make sure you can view hidden files. (Tools>folder options)

Check the file sizes of each file by mousing over. Add them all up manually. Is this the size of the disk ?

If the total size is not the full storage size copy over to the PC> format the drive and drop them back on.

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