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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Re: Constantly getting write data to media errors
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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Here is what LaCie suggests about this issue:- first backup any data you have copied on Wireless Space. You can also backup your configuration: from "configuration" tab of "Support" widget, click "save" button next to "Configuration file", it will download a backup file. - still in "configuration" tab of "Support" widget, tick the third box labeled "Restore device to factory state (data erased)", or any equivalent quote in selected language, and click apply - the device will reboot, rebuild hard drive image, then reboot on default state. The issue is definitively fixed - it is recommended to apply latest update downloaded from LaCie website - you can restore previous configuration in "configuration" tab of "Support" widget, click restore and select previously downloaded backup file
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I am not really sure where to start here because I am a little confused
about your setup here. It seems you made a great choice to keep Windows
and your data on separate drives. Your primary hard drive is a really
fast SATA Raptor drive, which is great, but I would never use an
external hard drive for general everyday data storage. Many will
probably disagree with what I have to say, but external hard drives
should really be used only for temporary backup. I would never suggest
using an external hard drive as your only copy of your data or for
regular everyday use. There are several reasons for this: 1. External Hard drives are generally slower than Internal Drives. 2. Many of them come preformatted with Fat32, so you are limited to files no larger then 4gig. 3. They are more likely to fail because they are normally subjected to a greater likelihood of accidental bumping or dropping. 4. Many external drive enclosures are not properly cooled for continuous usage and thus lead to premature failure. 5. You often have no idea what brand of hard drive is actually inside the enclosure.
get me wrong, external hard drives are wonderful and I use them all the
time. I have three LaCie 160 gig drives myself that I use all the time
for temporary backup, but I rotate them so that I have 3 consecutive
backups and would never use them (not just Lacie but any external
drive) as my only backup or as a primary data drive. And yes, I have
had to replace a few of them due to failure.
So to address your specific questions:
What went wrong? – 1. Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged. 2. Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one. 3. Controller Failed – The Controller inside the Lacie has failed. 4. Drive Failure
– The Hard Disk inside the Lacie has failed. Drives typically have an
average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and some can fail much
sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning, thus the need for
Simplest solution: back up the data on the drive and repartition it (which will wipe it). Otherwise it sounds like it could be a problem with the file tree or structure of the drive, the configuration files could be corrupt, some program could have stored temporary files in a hidden place that cannot be deleted without making the program delete them, etc. If you are on a mac, spotlight Disk Utility and use it to repartition. If you are on a PC use the search thing from the start menu and find a program called disk management (or something similar to that, you'll know it when you see it.) external drives are annoying. i kick mine into the wall periodically for good measure.
"what the error actually says is, you have either run out of space, or
the backup file (.bkf) is too large for this disk. note: if the disk is
formatted with FAT32, the maximum possible size for the backup file is
limited to 4 gigs."
That error means that the FAT32 file system only allows 4GB files or smaller to be transfered. The chance that the backup file (.bkf) is larger than 4GB suggests that this file is causing your problems. You could try manually copying around that file (selecting all files from that folder except the large one) and see if that works.
Usually you will get many errors copying a drive directly as system files will be inaccessible and whatnot. Your best bet is to limit your copying to "C:\Program Files\" and "C:\Documents and Settings\", assuming you have Windows.