Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive

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Currently my 500 GB WD External Drive has 353GB as free space. But when I try and add a 6GB file I get the following message "Error Copying File or Folder Cannot copy filename: There is not enough free disk space Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again. To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click Disk Cleanup" - What is stopping me from saving the file when I clearly have enough space?

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  • derekeyen Feb 05, 2010

    The directory is only 4 deep
    D:\Data\DYE05\OldData\archive\a_dye05
    Previously when the database was only 4 gb I was able to back it up on the WD drive.
    The file is a Lotus Notes Database would that have any bearing on this?
    Would it be the size of the database as i have just backed up about 10 gb of photos onto the WD Drive since posting the question?

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How many directory deep is the file going that you are trying to save? I believe the maximum NTFS file (location + name) of file length can not exceed 256 characters total.

Example: C:\user\documents\file.exe is OK

But: C:\user\documents\folder\folder\folder\folder\folder\this folder name 230 charicters long\file.exe BAD


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