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Old January 13th, 2004, 12:42 PM   #1
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external harddrive question please help

i have a western digital 160 gig usb 2.0 7200rpm running on windows xp and it does not let me drag and drop huge files to it. i try and drag 4 gig video files into it and it says " cannot copy there isn't enough disk space try running disk clean up ".

is there a setting in xp where i can manage large file transfers from drive to drive?

will i get what i'm looking for in a firewire external drive?

i also tried to partition it into an NTFS drive but after i completed all of the steps in partition magic, rebooted my machine it gave me an error, and remained a FAT32 drive.
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Old January 13th, 2004, 12:50 PM   #2
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You need to format the drive with NTFS. FAT32 doesn't support files over 2GB - that's why you can't drag the files over.

Use Windows XP to convert it to NTFS.

Open the:
- Control Panel
-- Administrative Tools
--- Computer Management

Click on Disk Management, it should be under the Storage section

Right-click the drive and Format as an NTFS drive
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Old January 13th, 2004, 01:19 PM   #3
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cool

what should i put for allocation unit size? it gives me choices from 64k up to 8192.

i do need to enable file and folder compression right?
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Old January 13th, 2004, 06:56 PM   #4
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Use the defaults settings when formatting. For most purposes though, any setting will work.

I wouldn't recommend using file and folder compression - it will make your hard disk and CPU work overtime.
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Old January 13th, 2004, 08:27 PM   #5
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whoa

i'm happy i waited, i was going to select the compression box. thanks a million.
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Old January 13th, 2004, 08:30 PM   #6
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I doubt Windows would squeeze much compression out of DV files.
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