trying to copy *.tib files to external harddrive

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by longball07, May 16, 2007.

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  1. longball07

    longball07 Registered Member

    May 4, 2007
    I have four backup.tib files on my harddrive that I want to move to an external harddrive connected through usb. When I try and copy those files I get an error message that says there isn't enough space to copy file. My external harddrive is 120 GB with 108 GB of free space and I am only trying to copy three files that are 4.33 GB and one that is 3.52 GB. Why won't it let me copy those files, there definatly is enough free space.
    Last edited: May 16, 2007
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    Are you trying to copy all four at once or one at a time?

    Also, what is the usb drive formatted as, NTFS or FAT32?

    FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit.
  3. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    my guess is the 4.33GB is over the FAT32 limit.
  4. jmk94903

    jmk94903 Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Rafael, CA
    Check the format of the USB drive as MudCrab and SeekForever suggest. Right click on the USB drive letter and select Properties.

    If it is formatted FAT32 which is typical of USB drives, it won't accept any file larger than 4.0 GB (4,096 MB, 4,194,304 KB).

    You can test this by copying only the 3.52GB file which should copy successfully.

    If it were my system, I'd reformat the external drive as NTFS as long as it will never be used with a Windows 98 or ME system or a Mac.

    Alternatively, you can split all your backups at 4000MB so that they will be small enough pieces to copy to the USB drive's FAT32 format.
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