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MyBook 500gb says its full, when it isn't

I recently bought a Mybook 500gb (WD5000N1U-00) with plans of using it to back up my back up internal drive.
The first problem came when I tried to copy home movies from my internal to my external. My Computer clearly shows that there should be at least 450gb free, but when I tried to copy my home movies folder (about 4.7gb) It said the drive was full.
That really threw me off. So I tried copying some music, no problems there. Then I tried some pictures, again, no problems.
So I began to think that maybe it just wont let me copy large files at once, so I tried a movie that was about 400mb, and I got the ' Not enough free space' error again.
Has anyone had this issue and was able to resolve it? Any help would be wonderful Grin

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Re: hard drive full

In reply to: MyBook 500gb says its full, when it isn't

Please tell:
- From disk management: number, size and formatting type (NTFS) of all partitions.
- The version of your OS (like Windows XP SP3).
- What exactly does My Computer show in the properties? It might be clear to you, but it isn't for us.
- Run a chkdsk on all partitions on the drive.
- From the command prompt, do a dir on the root folder of the partition you copy to (like dir g: + enter-key) and tell us the exact last 2 lines, like (from a network folder here):
97 File(s) 426.086.241 bytes
41 Dir(s) bytes free

The total doesn't add up to the full size, because files in subfolders aren't counted.
- Also do dir g: /s This shows all files. Only the last 3 lines are interesting. They should add up to the total size of the partition. Something like (for my c:-drive here):
Total Files Listed:
202498 File(s) 29.932.181.119 bytes
85797 Dir(s) bytes free


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In reply to: Re: hard drive full

Windows XP SP3
I ran chkdsk. Everything came back normal.

It is listed as:
Free Space: 333gb
Total Space: 465gb

4 File(s) 205,853,240 bytes
2 Dir(s) 357,680,021,504 bytes free

Total Files listed:
7619 File(s) 142,051,430,984 bytes
2803 Dir(s) 357,680,021,504 bytes free

Hope that helps out.

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That looks reasonable indeed.

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Now convert it to NTFS and try again to copy those files you can't copy now.


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