Cant copy+paste file to external HD! Why please?

  buel 19:32 11 Mar 2010

Hi, when i try to copy and paste a folder that is 4.38Gb in size to my external hd that has plenty of room i get the following message:

Error copying file or folder
Cannot copy ******
There is not enough free spaceTo free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, clcik Disk Cleanup

Please has anyone any idea why i cannot do this?
Ps-My C Drive that the file is stored on has 5.91Gb of space free!

  MAJ 19:38 11 Mar 2010

Try Cut and Paste.

  canarieslover 19:44 11 Mar 2010

Check the format of your hard drive. It should be NTFS if you are trying to transfer files of that size. If it is formated as AT32 the maximum file size it will allow is 4Gb.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:44 11 Mar 2010


At a guess your External drive is formatted in FAT32 and so cannot use files over 4G.

Convert it to NTFS

the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  buel 21:37 11 Mar 2010

Hey thanks for the help, i take it converting to NTFS wont delete any data on the external hd?

  buel 12:25 13 Mar 2010

Hi again, i googled the question above and now realise that it wont make any difference to the data on the hd.
However, i followed instructions, restarted the computer and external hd but under properties on the hd it still says 'Fat32'!! Grrr!
Please has anyone any ideas?

  T0SH 13:15 13 Mar 2010

There is a free version of Easeus partition manager you could use that to create a suitable sized NTFS formatted partition on your external drive

Doing this will help you avoiding the access denied permissions gotchas with personal data stored on external drives when in NTFS format

Cheers HC

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