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backup of hard drive to external hard drive

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by ltcoljohnnyd, Jul 2, 2015.

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  1. ltcoljohnnyd

    ltcoljohnnyd Thread Starter

    Jul 2, 2015
    When i try to backup my files using windows 7 backup function i get an error message at the very end, usually an hour or more, that says the backup yo my external hard drive was unsuccessful because a file on the C drive could not be found? I've tried for the past 2 weeks and the same thing happens over and over again.
  2. Joris903


    Apr 19, 2015
    With a lot of external hard drives, they are unfortunately formatted as FAT32 for compatibility with other OS's and systems. FAT32 cannot handle a single file over 4GB
  3. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    I own 6 external hard drives, all Western Digital. The sizes range from 80GB to 2 TB. Five of the 6 drives are formatted NTFS only the extremely old 80GB is FAT32. I'd be very surprised if the drive is formatted FAT32.

    Plug in the external drive, open Computer and right click the external drive selecting properties. That will tell you how the drive is formatted.
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