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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

    Hi it is a FAT32 file system

  • derekeyen Feb 06, 2010

    Thanks for that, is it right that if I don't put the files elsewhere when formatting I'll lose them all.

  • derekeyen Feb 06, 2010

    Yes extremely insightful

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In order to copy a file that is larger then 4gb your hard drive has to of been created with a ntfs partition as that type of partition allows copying of files larger then 4 gb. Right click on the drive and check the properties and see the kind of partition it has on it, it will probably show either fat, fat32, or NTFS. Let me know.


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    Ben Wabnick Feb 06, 2010

    Okay, what your going to need to do is to save the info from your external drive onto your hard drive. Then go ahead and wipe out the drive and partition it using NTFS and then format the drive. Then at that point go ahead and copy your files back over and then go ahead and copy that one filie over that was 6gb.

    At that point it should copy over with no problems.



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    Ben Wabnick Feb 06, 2010

    obviously when i say wipe out the drive, im referring to the external drive.

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick Feb 06, 2010

    Thats correct, thats why i suggested you copy them over to your hard drive in the computer. Maybe make a folder on the desktop and then put all the files from the external drive into that folder on your desktop.



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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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