Back up to external hard drive

  Dellman 21:21 06 Sep 08

I am trying to back-up an AVI file (13GB) to my external hard-drive (via copy/paste). I still have c.30GB space on my existing hard drive and about 250GB space on external drive. Yet when I try to copy the file over it says that there is not enough space on the drive. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:29 06 Sep 08

How is the external drive formatted? won't do it if it is FAT32.

  Dellman 21:37 06 Sep 08

External is FAT32 - what are pros & cons of changing drive format apart from file size limitation?

  Quiet Life 22:54 06 Sep 08

No cons.
You can convert an existing FAT32 file system to NTFS without data loss, but always remember that older operating systems like Windows 98 cannot work with NTFS.

Proceed with care if you have more than one operating system on your pc.

Click on the Start button, right-click "My Computer" and select "Manage"
In the navigation pane on the left, expand "storage" and choose "Disk Management"
The details on the right will reveal the file system details for each of your drives. Also make a note of the drive's volume name.
To convert a drive's file system :

Click the Start button and select "Run"
Type "convert d: /fs:ntfs" (without the quotes - replace d: with the drive letter that you want to convert) and click ok
A dos box will open and ask for the drive's volume name
Enter the volume name and hit the ENTER key
Windows will start the conversion to NTFS and notifies you when it is finished.

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