File tranfer fail to external hard drive


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Oct 28, 2020
background: my windows 10 computer has had problems recciently latley (softwere or hardware corrupt restart/fail) and 95% of laptop internal storage is used so i got a new external hard drive (TOSHIBA) to back up my whole laptop (105gb),when i couldnt tranfer big files/folders of 40gb (to a new 2tb hd) as not enought space,i checked the file thingy and it was ntsb on the hd
whenever i try to tranfer i get (not enought space to tranfer this file need XXXX more you have 1 gb remaining out of 105gb(this is my internal laptop storage***))
i thought i was just the new hd that made it mess up but i tryed the one that worked previsouly with no troubles on the same laptop and it says the exact same thing,so the problem is not with the hard drive but the laptop
when ever i try to copy/tranfer my files onto a hard drive it tryed to tranfer them onto my computer and i just want to tranfer all to a hard drive
thanks for reading this and for the help(if you can)
kind regards
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this is what come up when i try to tranfer from laptop to hardrive,with click and drag and right click and send to,on a brand new 2T hd
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Jan 14, 2010
i couldnt tranfer big files 40gb (to a 2tb hd) as not enought space
A Terabyte is a 1000 Gigabytes
so I cannot understand why you think you cannot copy a 40GB file to a 2TB drive
That said 40GB is a tremendous size for a file

Windows 10 as an OS does not itself total 40 GB - more in the region of 25

All you need to do is download Macrium free edition
and make a complete image of your present drive to the external drive
as here
image selected disk on this computer,+drive+or+partitions

The complete guide is here

any questions please ask

It maybe of course that you already have data on the 2TB and therefore indeed there is insufficient free space
With the drive connected right click and click properties
that will then tell you - the capacity and the fre space

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