I have just bought a 160 gb external hard disk for the sole purposes of backing up the entire contents of my PC. Have successfully installed the XP Backup program. Started the backup to the external HD. A mere 7gb. Everything rosy until the message ' Backup failed - device formatted with Fat 32 - max poss size is limited to 4gb'. Is ther any way round this or should I buy a 3rd party backup program? Thanks in advance for advice.
From within the 160 gig drive go to start and type run, type cmd and press enter. In the black box type this
convert D: /fs:ntfs (I have labelled your drive volume "D" you will have to type the correct letter IE: F, G, H ETC: Note the spaces between convert and D and the and the : and / You might get a message saying the drive has to be undocked and the format will take place at the next reboot, just click OK and restart.
The drive will then be formatted in NTFS and your problem solved.
Thanks Chris. Really appreciate all this help. Have found everything according to your advice. A bit nervous about the final key press! Can I revert back to how the HD was if it doesn't work for me? Only just bought it.
Thank you spikeychris for all this help. Still not quite there yet! Followed all the instructions to the letter. My new external drive remains on FAT32 instead of NTFS. The message I got was 'Windows found errors on the disk, but will not fix them because disk checking was run without the /F (fix) parameter. Convert lost chains to files? (Y/N) A bit lost on this. There is nothing on the new drive. When I first attempted the backup from my main PC, which failed 'cos of the 4gb limit, I deleted the incomplete backup file. What should I try next? Thanks