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Cannot copy an .mdf to external harddrive..

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sirbaboon, Feb 26, 2009.

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  1. sirbaboon

    sirbaboon Thread Starter

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    I've got 271gb free space on my external hard drive but when I try and copy a 4.82gb .mdf file onto the hard drive it comes up with the message "Cannot Copy: There is not enough free disk space. Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again." And then it offers me Disk Cleanup... Any ideas how to sort this out?


    Computer:
    Windows XP SP3 Home Edition
    Intel(R)
    Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
    504MB RAM

    External hard drive:

    500 GB formatted capacity
    7200 RPM rotational speed
    16 MB buffer size
    USB 2.0 interface
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    Is the external drive formatted NTFS? If not it has a 4gb file limit size and 4.82 well exceeds that.
     
  3. Zygmo

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    I agree with Stumped, however, something else in Sirba's post bothers me. Do you really only have 504 MB RAM? And how did it come up with the number 504? Can't see how a computer would see that exact number. A computer with the specs of yours surely needs much more RAM.
     
  4. sirbaboon

    sirbaboon Thread Starter

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    Not sure if it's formatted NTFS.. And yeah, comp specs only says 504mb.
    Let's say, it's not formatted NTFS, anyway to get that file copied or is it just not gonna happen?
     
  5. Zygmo

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    Sirba. I am assuming your file is some sort of DVD image. Can you not either open the image, and then save the individual parts, or something like that? Or will the program that made the mdf. (Magic ISO Maker?) span the file across two or more discs, to save it that way?
     
  6. Zygmo

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    Sirba. By the way, I think you can extract mdf. files with Winrar, if that helps. You can get Winrar off the net.
     
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