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Copy Problems HiWhen i move files that are 700MB it's fine, but when i try to move large files like 5 Gig it doesn't let me and says that disk is full when i have over 170 gig free space.Any ideas? thanks in advance

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  • Jimbo_1007 Nov 18, 2007

    Thanks guys.. That explains the problem for me. I guess i'll have to format it

  • stjeantim Nov 18, 2008

    i have exactly the same problem so im assuming most people format to ntfs otherwise there is no way of being able to back up video files of good quality.how exactly is it a problem when changing to ntfs?is fat 32 therefore a more reliable format?and what is equally worrying is the fact that there is so many people posting problems with these drives that it makes me feel like backing up my data onto dvd..getting a hard drive was meant to free up space and offer me a secure storage facility now i dont know.various people are also saying that by changing to ntfs you will lose all your data and others are saying you wont is there anyone out there who actually knows definatively? thanks

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    Identical problem, but the reformatting doesn't work if it is still FAT32.


  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    ahhhhhh!! that is so lame!!!

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It's not a question of re-formating...It's a question of Partition...FAT32 does not allow files over 4gb to be stored...You have to convert the partition to NTFS..There are tools for that on the WD website....Try to do some research about the pros & Cons of NTFS..because you wont be able to go back to FAT32 without formating....

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I have seen this problem 3 times before. There was only one solution, and it worked all 3 times. Reformat the Drive and it will work properly. When you do this, you will loose all data on the drive, so make sure you back it up.

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