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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!

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  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2008

    I deleted old files from FireLite 40 GB remote HD to make room for new backup. FireLite shows as empty using finder mode (Mac OS X 10.4.11). Backup program states the firelite has insufficient room. Therefore files must still be there in an invisable mode. How do i remove them?

  • mark_ryan Oct 04, 2008

    i have the same thing. wierd that my file is also a 6gb(6.03) file that im trying to copy over. i scanned mine and nothing came back. i did not add any partitions to it when i got it, and it is formatted since i have backups already on it

  • 365pwords Jan 07, 2009

    Me too - trying copy over an 8 gig zip file - to an 80 gig WD external drive with 55 free gigs on it. It won't even try to copy the file.
    Help!


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Check the file system on your My Book. FAT32 has a file size limit of 4GB. I ran into the same problem when I tried to copy over a 4.5GB file from my laptop with NTFS on it. The file would not copy.

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You need to run a virus scan, there could be some infection which is making it misread the amount of empty space and if the disk has several partitions are those partitions formated?

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