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221 GB Free on MyBook - Error states not enough space for backup

I get an error every morning stating that there wasn't enough space for the backup. My Windows XP desktop has 134 GB total harddrive (under My Computer, anyway) and 61.4 GB free space.

My Book shows 465 GB Total Size (again, in My Computer) and 221 GB Free Space. It has run backups before - so this should be updates to that backup.

I must have the settings wrong. MyBook will accept drag and drop updates - but says it doesn't have enough space for the nightly automatic updates.

I'm hoping there's a common error I've made in the update selections - any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

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  • pamms Apr 29, 2008

    That's a great thought - but, yes, it is already NTFS.

  • tqforest May 02, 2009

    I am trying to copy a few movie files to Mybook. The ones that are 2~4 GBs are copied over. However, my 7GB-long file keeps getting msg, "Cannot copy: There is not enough free disk space.

    That's not true. I've used up only 136GB of my total of 298-GB drive. I thought it needs defrag. But it does not.

    What happened?


  • shirl2sg May 11, 2010

    I turned off my computer, and it seems to be OK....my E drive My Book is still FAT32, so nothing changed. Elsewhere I had noticed that someone said you had to put volumn in someplace in the command. Please help. Thanks!

  • shirl2sg May 11, 2010

    When I did typed this in, CONVERT E: /FS:NTFS /X

    It then asked what was the volumn in E: I then put in /FS:NTFS /X



    Was this the correct thing to do? Will this change when I turn the computer off. So far E has not changed From Fat 32, or did I just mess up my computer. Now I'm worried.



    Thanks

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Is the drive formatted as FAT32?

If so, and your backup is more than 4GB, it will not be able to write the file to the drive.

Open a Command Prompt (Start | Run | CMD) and at the prompt type:
CONVERT V: /FS:NTFS /X
Where V: is the drive letter of your My Book.

That will convert it to NTFS and it will be able to handle files larger than 4GB.

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I have the same problem.

if i will do this command, will i loose my files in MYbook

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It may be due to the file system.  If formated as FAT32 files larger than 4gb may not transfer.  Try reformatting as NTFS to fix the problem.

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