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I feel like I abuse the system, always asking away yet never being able to help others :)

 

Ok, my external Hard Drive has the capacity of 640 GB. In explorer and it says that there is 380 GB free space still... However, I am unable to copy anything to it, giving me the error message "Cannot copy. Not enough free Disc space".

 

I have copied and moved files with this Hard Drive many times and I have had way more data on it previously... This is the first time I have expirienced anything like this. Please help.

 

The Hard drive uses FAT32 file system and my Pc is NTFS I dont know if that could be reason yet its never bothered before.

 

Thanx in advance to all you "boffins" :)

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Sounds like the file system might be borked. Try running a disk check utility on it. IIRC Windows has one built in for FAT32.

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Download and install Defraggler disk defragmenter.

 

http://www.filehippo.com/download_defraggler

 

Select the external drive from the list at the top and click the 'Analyze' button at the bottom. This will give you a pictorial idea of the amount and distribution of your files on it and hopefully a true picture of the free space left.

 

It won't sort the problem but it will ascertain the space situation on the drive.

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could be trashed files and shadow copies maybe, windows is good at hiding that stuff from the average user.

 

me: 'wtf since when did i get 15GB of temporary files?'

vista: 'no you don't'

me: i'm looking at them right now

vista: lalalala

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InsaneAlien: CCleaner has a facility under the Tools > System Restore tab that allows you to manually remove excessive numbers of Restore points..it saves and prevents deletion of the latest one by default.

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if you're trying to copy a file >4GB to the fat 32 HDD it'll throw the same error as a full HDD.

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could be trashed files and shadow copies maybe, windows is good at hiding that stuff from the average user.

 

me: 'wtf since when did i get 15GB of temporary files?'

vista: 'no you don't'

me: i'm looking at them right now

vista: lalalala

So you talk to your vista often? That explains this quote.

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Thanx all for the great response.

 

I defraged with the built in windows app. Still no luck. So I backed up my data, formatted and moved the data back. Works like a charm (or at least as it should work) now.

 

Thanx again all

 

Vista is terrible :(. I moved back to Xp after one week of Vista. Haha

 

Ciao

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