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Constantly getting write data to media errors

It appears as though every time I try to backup a large file to my LaCie 1000GB hard drive I get an "error on a request to write data to media" error message. I am unable to do a complete backup for any of my existing folders. I am using the MS Disk Backup utility provided on my Windows XP system. I have already reformated the disk drive and even played with the virtual memory settings, but the error still occurs. Before this, I had a 250GB Western Digital hard drive that worked fine until it burned out. Is it the hard drive, or my computer, or do I need another backup application?

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Shouldn't both drives be the same? Can you place a fat32 file format onto a NTFS
format? I would think one could not read the other.



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If you're using the MS Backup utility, it's creating .BKF files which are very large (1-2GB+). Your external hard drive uses a FAT32 file system, which has a limitation of 4GB per file. If your backup files are over 4GB, it won't copy. It probably worked on your 250GB hard drive because it was formated with NTFS and not FAT32. You'll need to limit the size of your backup files to 4GB or less, or use a different utility that has file-size splitting options.

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