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External hard drive disk space

I have a 500 gig Western Digital My Book external hard drive. Only 165 gig of the drive capacity is full and 300 gig is free. Yet when I want to add large files such as a 13 gig file, it tells me that the disk is full. Can you help me. I am very frustrated.

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WD drives file system type is FAT32 by default. FAT32 has a limitation that you cannot transfer a file more than 4gigs. Backup all your data from your WD drive. Format the WD drive to NTFS file system.

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Is it showing the 300gig in the properties? if yes then try to copy with command mode,If again its given problem then u need to backup your data and format the drive, then try copying.I think it will work.

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Posted on Aug 17, 2008

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