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Restriction on file transfer size to external hard drive?

Q: Restriction on file transfer size to external hard drive?

Over the weekend, I tried transferring a 6GB iso to two different external hard drives, but each time the error was that the file was too large, even though there were over 100GB of free space left on either hard drive. Do you guys know what the problem could be?

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A: Restriction on file transfer size to external hard drive?

It is likely a Fat32 file system....... I believe the limit is 1 byte short of 4 gigs

I dont remmy if there is a limit for NTFS or not, but that is probably the issue.

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I just bought a Western Digital 250 GB My Book for my PC. It is connected through a USB 2.0 PCI hub that had not caused me any problems with my iPod in the past. When I transfer files from my Boot drive to the external everything goes very smoothly and quickly. However, when I try to transfer back to the Boot drive it takes forever. I tried to transfer a 350 Mb video file and I let it run overnight and 8 hours later it was still less than half done and it said it would take another 183 minutes, exactly what it said when I left it the night before. Is there some way to make file transferring faster, or for that matter even possible between these two drives. I'm going nuts because I moved all of my digital pictures onto this drive and if this is a permanent problem then I need to figure out how to retrieve them.

A:External hard drive file transfer

Try to bypass the USB hub and connect it directly to your computer. See if that makes a faster transfer or not.

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Problem: Trying to open files from Q memory external hard drive onto new computer running windows XP. Using backup bat.bxt software. Unable to locate program associated with bxt extension. While searching, inadvertently clicked on outlook express migration 5.0 listing while browsing for programs. Now unable to open any of the files from the external hard drive which were all converted to OEM.
How can I reverse the OEM conversion, and how can I open files with a bxt extension?

A:External Hard Drive File Transfer Issue

Have you tried reverting to a restore point before your accident? That may prove to be the easiest.

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I am trying to extract a mig file from my old hard drive that was using xp. It was saved as a mig file as i used windows easy transfer. Vista will not open and keeps sending me back to windows easy transfer to transfer again.....

Any help?

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is there a certain size of file that you can not transfer to an external hard drive because it seems like anything over a couple gigs fails and tells me there isnt enough space when there is tons of space.

A:external hard drive transfer max?

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I need to know easy steps how to transfer files and programs from my PC windows vista laptop to an external hard drive.
And what does it mean when I tried to transfer a program to the external hard drive and it is on the external hard drive and has a shortcut arrow and I know it didn't transfer the whole program, which I want to keep on the computer and also put on the external hard drive.
I do want to keep the programs and files on the laptop and also put on the external hard drive as a back up.
Thank you.
PS What in the world is a thread?

A:External Hard Drive transfer


The best way i have found to save programs and files is to "ghost"the entire drive. Are you doing this as a backup measure or are you planning to replace the entire internal drive?

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Hello. Having had to buy a new laptop. A friend downloaded all my info onto an External Hard drive.
He, unfortunately is no longer available.
I just do not know how to put this info back into my new PC.
The old PC was a HP Laptop running Win 8.1.
The new one is a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Win 10.
Help Please. Not to confident with jargon so try and be detailed.
Many Thanks.

A:External Hard Drive Transfer

You connect the external hard drive to the new computer.
As to what you do then depends on what data your friend put on the external drive
If he simply copied your personal data by way of pictures, docs, music then you open those files on the external drive and copy them to the correct folder on 10
If he did not to that and instead created a complete image of your 8.1 on the external drive, then depending on how he made the image - you may have problems.

Connect the drive - open it and post details of what you then see on the drive

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What is the largest external hard drive size that can be used in Win 7? I was looking at a 4 tb drive to use for backups but I don't want to get it until I know if Win 7 will see all 4 tb's.

A:External Hard Drive Size

Windows 7 can access a 4TB drive. There are several ways that vendors make this possible. They may format it as multiple partitions, use GPT format, use the internal electronics to do the translation.

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Hi there
PLEASE MS can you remove the restriction in IE that allows a max file size of around 4GB to be downloaded.

I often download various Linux DVD distros - currently testing SUSE LINUX 11.3 -- the ISO is around 4.7GB -- IE says file too large for download.

No problem in using CHROME but sems silly to have to use a different browser just to download a standard size DVD (4.7GB) especially these days with decent fast download speeds available.

BTW this occurs in the IE 9 RC currently available too.

I'm on W7 X-64


A:IE9 PLEASE remove restriction on 4GB max file size download

I believe theres no download limit in IE8, though there was a 4gb limit in IE7. Try the solution for IE7.

How Do I Download Large Files With Internet Explorer? | eHow.com

Although you can always download linux distros via a bittorrent client.

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I have bought a new SURFACEBOOK 2 Laptop with windows 10 on it
I bought external hard disk of 2 TB and copied some files on it.
But when I check capacity same files of my C Drive with D Drive(External Hard Disk 2TB) the file sizes are incorrect when I see properties of the Folder but when I check the size of files inside the folder they are correct.
Please help
S K Golcha

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I have a Seagate Freeagent 250gb external hard drive for my laptop. Recently (after a friend stood on it) the USB jack has been pushed inside the casing. I went to a repair place but they said theyll charge about 100 pounds to resolder the jack. So I'm looking into buying a caddy off ebay, removing the hard drive from the seagate casing, and accessing it that way.

The thing is, I know absolutely nothing about the process..are all caddies universal to work with all types of hard drives? Have seagate encrypted their hard drives to only work in their casing?

These are probably very stupid questions but I know very little about hardware. any help will be greatly appreciated. also, please dont be too technical in your answers, treat me like a baby.


A:Transfer External Hard Drive to Caddy

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I need help once again. I have a windows 98se based computer. I added a1 second internal hard drive. I now need to copy this drive to an external hard drive. I have had no luck.I use the external drive with a laptop running windows xp home. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:transfer from computer to external hard drive

I guess the first step is to get the external drive working. You can start by telling us how it's interfaced, I presume USB or Firewire.

You need for partition and format the drive before you can use it, that's probably the first issue. Since it's an external, run FDISK from a DOS window under W98 and partition the drive, I'd make it an extended DOS partition. Then, use FORMAT to prepare it for use. After rebooting, you should see it in My Computer.

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I'm trying to do a simple back up. One 12g folder transfer to an external hard drive. Drag and dropping will will stop working about 1/4 of the way through. I tried TeraCopy and that gets through about 6g before it stops working.

Any idea what is wrong?

A:Can't transfer large file to external drive

How is your hard drive formatted? Is it fat32 or NTFS?

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Hello everyone,

For those who do not need more info, why is my transfer speed at 20% of the wireless cards' maximums with a workgroup mapped external HD connected to 1 computer?

For more info, continue reading.

I have a WD MyBook 320GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive (7200 RPM) connected to my main desktop computer. That computer has a USB 2.0 wireless adapter (54Mb/s). I have a laptop (5400 RPM) with an internal 54 Mb/s wireless card and the external hard drive is mapped as a network drive on my laptop for ease of access, sharing, storage, etc. My question is about transfer rates:

If I am doing my math right, a 261 megabyte file (~2088 megabits) should be transferring from my external HD to my laptop in about 40 seconds (2088 mbps / 54 mbps = 38 2/3 s). The reality is it takes closer to more than 4 minutes. I checked task managers inbuilt network monitor, and of the 54 mb per second, both computers show usage hovering around 19-20%.

So...why is my transfer speed at 20% of the wireless cards' maximums? Is this a HD i/o bottleneck? I hardly think it's THAT slow...again, if my math is right, I'm moving at about 10.8 mb/s, 1.3 MB/s? Wheres the bottleneck if I can connect my hard drive via USB to my laptop and get much faster transfer speeds? The same file transfers in about 10 seconds, or 208.8 mb/s (26.1MB/s) when connected through USB 2.0. So, it's 2000% faster through USB than my 54mb/s wireless connection which is actually running at about 11mb/s.

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A:External Networked Hard Drive Transfer Speeds

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How to I transfer my photos from my IPhone to an external hard drive using Windows 8?  I haven't synched my photos to ITunes as this is a new computer.


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A:Transfer photos from IPhone to external hard drive

Hi liljoe, While HP does not support Apple products, there are tons of tutorials online on how to import photos from an iPhone to Windows.There is nothing special you should have to do to connect the two together.Look at this wiki on how to connect them...4 Ways to Transfer Photos from an iPhone to a Computer - wikiHow In the 4th way on that wiki, where you choose to "import pictuers to", you would navigate to your external hard drive (that you also have connected via USB ) as the place to download to.Just like you would copy and paste files anywhere in Windows. Is that what you needed to know?

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Hello guys I am new here and i would like to ask and share my problems to you guys!
I'm running Windows XP,yes it is SP3 and yes it is connected into a USB 2.0 port. I got 2 problems here: 1. I bought my WD passport elite 500gb last year, it's speed before was 22.4mb/s average and until i formatted it (not really sure if this did the problem) for 3 partitions all NTFS, i noticed that the transfer rate gotten slower to 2.0mb/s, did some error checking and it says it's just fine. So everytime i like transfer files (just FYI i did not transfer files from partition to the partition that i made) like a 350mb size file, it takes like 120 minutes and so i just don't continue coz i've been waiting longer than i use to. Tried formatting it again to one partition it still slow. I download the file from WD support for formatting it to FAT32 again and not a change. And 2: I noticed that before i got that problem, i installed the windows update (not really sure if this did the problem too ) and when i turn my laptop on, my SCSI and RAID controllers driver is missing (!), updated it..didnt work, tried reinstalling it...didnt work also and i also noticed that the name of the drive kept changing when i reinstall it. name of the drive:A234WI10 IDE Controller then it's gonna change again to another name like A543WI21 " ".

So guys I don't know what to fix here anymore, and all i can think of is replacing it but i can't find the receipt for the... Read more

A:External Hard Drive's transfer speed slowed down.

The best way to find out if the drive is the problem is to try it on another machine.

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A relative of mine is finally upgrading to Windows 7 from XP.

Her previous computer is now dead (motherboard failure). I have rescued the old HDD, and it is still usable.

I have put it in a IDE HDD Caddy, and my Windows 7 machine recognises it.

My question:

Is it possible to run Windows Easy Transfer (to copy their profiles in their entirity) from the External Hard Drive without copying the files manually from the Hard Drive??

Ive used Windows Easy Transfer before, but always from a working XP environment.



A:Windows Easy Transfer - from External Hard Drive

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Quick Question...Hopefully quick answer.

I have a 160gb external hard drive. Using USB 2.0. When I transfer something from my C: drive transfer rate is around 15mbps. But when I transfer something from my D: drive (second hard drive, set as a slave on same IDE channel) the transfer rate is only1.5MBps. Anyone know why I get such loss in transfer speed.

A:Solved: External Hard Drive Transfer rate

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What size External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need?

My trusty old Dell Latitude d600 finally died on me - the monitor and screen needs replaced and it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop (apparently).

I want to take the HD out to retrieve my stuff - which size of portable External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need? My new laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6000 and the HD looks the same as my old one.

Do I need a 2.5" enclosure (like this one);


or a 3.5" size like this?;


hope u can help! thanks in advance

A:What size External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need?

Laptop drives are 2.5".

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This is driving me nuts. Not sure what's happened and pretty sure I have not done anything to silly.

Background : New Windows8 install all update and drivers : system running absolutely fine.
Issue :Copying data from one drive to another via any hub on system resolves in the following :

When transferring from one particular hard drive I select the files I wish to copy.

Go to destination drive and paste.

Starts ok and then the system reports files no longer there and popup windows shows :

Could not find this item.
This is no longer located in H:\. Veriofy the item's location and try again.
Files name {Photos}
Date created: date:time
[Try Again], [skip], [cancel]


[Retry] repeats the popup.
[Skip] copies all the folders to the destination drive with no content so shows all directories but not files/data within. Not hidden as copies in a matter of seconds.
[cancel] : well cancels.

Go back to the origin drive and all folders and data are there in tact.

Unmounted drive and the drive still appears in the MyComputer hard drive and folder structure. Displays files listed as if there. Click on the files and of course missing...the hard drive isn't even connected at this point.

Only way to get rid of the ghost drive it's mysterious folders/files is to reboot.

Put mystery drive on laptop and all works fine (managed to copy files successfully and as expected).

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A:PCIe Hub & External USB Drive File transfer issue

You can try going into device manager and turn on "view hidden devices" via the view menu. Once done, you can try deleting the problematic drive profile, allowing it to be rediscovered the next time it is plugged in. Who knows, maybe you'll get a different drive letter assignment this time. I periodically go in and clean out all my USB external drive profiles for no good reason; however, as an example, I currently have 2 USB flash drive profiles and 1 external ATA drive profile as shown below:

Attachment 24048

Good luck.

Updated comment: On my machine, all the entries "boxed in red" would be OK to delete.

The Kingston is a simple flash drive and has 2 entries
The SanDisk is actually a mini-SSD (in a flash drive enclosure) and has 3 entries
The F: is actually the ATA drive in a USB enclosure and has 3 entries

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I have been using a USB 2.0 Seagate 250GB external hard drive for a number of years and it's been working fine.

My laptop has USB 3.0 ports.

The last couple of weeks it's got really slow (less than a MBs) when transferring a video file.

I checked the hard drive for errors - none were found.
USB drivers are up to date Driver Booster 3 says.
Is there some settings I could try to speed things up?

As far as I know I've not changed anything so I don't know why it's suddenly got so slow.

A:Extremely slow transfer speed to external hard drive

If you right click the drive in Device Manager and look through the Properties you may see an option to either treat the drive as removable or permanent. Removable supposedly you can unplug without ejecting. But it is slow. Permanent supposedly enables write caching. Likely it was set to permanent before.

If nothing seems apropos you can try the old trick of deleting the drivers and rebooting. Plug and play will install the same drivers that were there but will do it "right" somehow. I have seen a lot of problems disappear just by doing this on a particular device. That is why support does it. Anecdotal success rate seems to me around 50%.

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I have been using a USB 2.0 Seagate 250GB external hard drive for a number of years and it's been working fine.

My laptop has USB 3.0 ports.

The last couple of weeks it's got really slow (less than a MBs) when transferring a video file.

I checked the hard drive for errors - none were found.
USB drivers are up to date Driver Booster 3 says.
Is there some settings I could try to speed things up?

As far as I know I've not changed anything so I don't know why it's suddenly got so slow.

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Hi Everyone.

I have recently had to format my hard drive and re-install windows. I have also had to replace the motherboard, CPU and power supply. I borrowed a 1.5 TB Freecom firewire external hard drive from a friend to back-up important data before the format, but the transfer speed is uselessly slow now that I am attempting to put the data back on the drive.

I have tried:

- updating the drivers for the firewire card
- switching to 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (legacy) in the device manager
- Optimizing the drive for 'better performance' as opposed to 'speedy removal' in the drive's properties.

As things stand at the moment, I am getting about 400 kb/ps transfer speed from the external to my on-board drive. As you can imagine, this is virtually useless to me, considering I have hundreds of gigabytes worth of data to transfer.

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Extremely slow transfer speed from external hard drive

The best option if the external HD offers an eSata port would be to plug the drive in by either an eSata port provided with the case you or by an addon eSata card. Even when backing things up on a drive in a usb enclosure like seeing a full system image made the data transfer rate slows to a crawl.

One example for that was an image made from a 7 laptop to the drive in the external enclosure taking some 3hrs. to finish from a 120gb drive with hardly anything on it and comparing that to an image totally 497gb made to another internal drive on the desktop here only taking about 35min.!

Unfortunately the only other option would be removing the drive from the self contained external casing it came in to install internally like I did with one WD Essentials 500gb model during the beta and RC testing of 7 simply to add in an extra drive. Otherwise you have to suffer with what the firewire bus will allow.

Of course if it did have an eSata port you could also open the side cover on the case while powered down long enough to plug the drive into a port on the board long enough to see everything copied over which would be faster but just a little awkward. Then you would be using the onboard sata controllers.

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Hi There

Transferring 135gbs of files from one External to another, started at 12a.m. on 10/30/2011, it's now 2:55p.m. 10/30/2011 and it's still going, Any tips or ideas on how to make it faster

Western Digital 500gb drive usb 2.0 drive

and Seagate 320gb USB 2.0 drive

A:USB External Hard drive Taking Ages to Transfer files

Transferring that much data from USB to USB will take a long time. You'll be lucky to get 6Mbits/s since the bandwidth is shared. If you have other interrupt driven devices on USB, like a keyboard and/or mouse, it will drop even more.

If possible, try plugging the two drives into different hubs. Typically, the front panel and rear panel ports are on different hubs but not always. You'll need to check your hardware configuration to verify this. If your copy procedure is reoccurring, it might be worthwhile using eSATA ports or at least for one drive.

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The laptop I'm using does not have the FireWire aka IEEE 1394 port. So I bought an external hard drive that has the correct port. The operating system for my laptop PC is windows XP. Can I transfer the MiniDV footage from the camcorder directly to the external hard drive? If not, what other options are there?

A:Can you transfer miniDV video directly to external hard drive via FireWire?

I doubt it because I belive the DV has to be "captured" and then put into a file. Here is more what I think your looking for -


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Hi All,
I'm hoping that some of the gurus in this area can help me to resolve why my transfer rate to my external hard drive is so slow (ranges from 200 kbps to 15 kbps), but is almost always in the 15-20 kbps range vs. an advertised/expected transfer rate of

5 Gbps.  That's < 1% of expected transfer rate.  Any thoughts on possible root causes that I should investigate?

I have an HP Probook 430 G1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256 GB SCSI internal hard drive and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. I also have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard driveBoth the internal drive and the external drive are bitlocker encryptedI've connected the drives via USB 3.0 ports + cable. I've also connected the drives via USB 2.0 port on laptop and USB 3.0 cable.I've checked the My Passport for errors and found none.
Any insight would be much appreciated.

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I moved about 10GB of files (using Photoshop Elements) from my laptop's hard disk to an external hard drive. I double checked and the files were moved correctly - they don't show up on the laptop and show up on the external hard drive. However, the laptop's C drive does not show an increase in space. I restarted the laptop but it still shows the same free space as prior to the move.

Any idea why? This is with a Lenovo T440s with Win7.


A:Moved files to external hard drive but no change in laptop disk size

Dumb question, did you delete the files off C ?

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I'm using Windows xp sp2 and a couple of days ago I tried to copy a wav music track from a cd in my cd drive onto one of my hard drives(not the hard drive with windows on it) it gave a message saying unable to complete due to hardware connection being interrupted
since then the Cd drive and Harddrive I was copying too work only intermittently and for a short time. If you try and copy anything too or from the drive it will start working and then stop.
I think this is a virus problem but aren't completely sure as I've run spyware doctor which found a couple of viruses, but the problem continues despite removing them
thanks. hope someone can help

A:Hard drive and cd drive stopped working after file transfer

I'm not a 100% sure but I'm suspecting you power supply. Anybody else go a thought?

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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ThinkCentre Tiny 500GB Hard Drive Adapter Kit
The 500GB is too small,I wanna change 2T,can I do it?
Mod:  edited Subject line to add system type and expand problem description


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A:ThinkCentre Tiny: add 2nd HDD, increase size of external HDD, 500GB Hard Drive Adapter (0A65638)

The Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny 500GB Hard Drive Adapter Kit  (about 100  bucks) can only be used in the the ThinkCentre Tiny Storage Unit Kit which is an external drive enclosure that must be purchased separately (about 40 bucks) that will accept a CD/DVD drive, or a hard drive caddy ( the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny 500GB Hard Drive Adapter Kit).    I would imagine you could replace the 500G  2.5 inch SATA drive that comes with the Adapter kit/caddy for a larger drive, but if you goal is to just add an external HD, It would probably be easier (and cheaper) to just buy an external USB hard drive like this one. WD - My Passport 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive  ($79.99 for 2TB up to 119.99 for 4TB)http://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-my-passport-2tb-external-usb-3-0-portable-hard-drive-black/5605528.p?... Cheers,

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...and guess what? It doesnt work anymore.

Sometimes the BIOS will recognize the hard drive. I tried to load up [email protected] Boot disk and run Disk Check on it, but it froze at about 22% completed.

I know that its not a good thing to unplug while the HD is being accessed but it was a mistake.

Does anyone have any tips for me to try? It doesnt seem completely bricked yet.

A:Disconnected hard drive during a file transfer

Get the drive test utility from the manufacturers website and run it. If it fails you may be able to low-level format the drive and make it useable again. All data would be lost though

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I took my old desktop HD out and hooked it upto my new W7. teen when I try to even open my 2003 Word Reeume doc it says "Word can not open the document; user does not have access priviliges" It's my resume and all i want to do is copy it to my new comp. I dont care about the other stuff just my Resume.
Thank You

A:Trying to transfer my old XP hard drive file to my Windows 7

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I have a 4.5 GB avi file that I'm trying to cut and paste from my C drive to an external hard drive. Although I have about 12 GB of free space left on my C drive, I get an error saying "cannot copy...not enough free disc space.

How much more space do I need to free up? Otherwise Any other ideas?


A:Cannot transfer video file from hard drive

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Hi, After weeks of trying to get an answer to this problem without any assistance, either online or here (what's the use of a warranty when there's no customer service to speak of?) I tried transferring some files to my flash drive a day ago. The thing that happened now was that the transfer started out fine for the first few seconds (as usual), before crawling to a halt and then stopping completely - I can't remember what the exact message was, but it was something in the vein of "problems with disk". I then found out that I could neither add or delete files to the flash drive as it had been write protected. I searched online for how I could remove this protection (regedit, command prompt), but nothing helped - to my great, great frustration. Therefore, the flash drive is now useless to me, thanks to the laptop. I then experienced that the external hard drive that I tried to transfer the files from had also been write protected! Before pulling out my hair I checked if this was also the case when I plugged it in to another laptop (Asus). It wasn't. But on my Lenovo z50-75 that hard drive is useless for some strange reason. After experiencing this mountain of problems I want to do a full factory reset on my laptop, and then reinstall all my programs. My question is how I go about doing this. And also: when doing the reset, will it boot up with Windows 10, as it did when I purchased the laptop a little over a year ago?   

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I recently installed a new "WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bulk Bare Drive" for additional PC storage. Used regular sata cable to motherboard & sata power cable connector to power supply unit.
OK, so the new drive didn't appear in Computer upon 1st boot, so I went in through Disk Management to format drive,
Did it as GPT Disk (as >2Tb) and all went to plan. Until I started transferring files onto it. Started ok (64Mb/s) but after about 30 seconds noticed transfer activity not changing. Eventually error message came up stating new file location did not exist, and the drive had disappeared from Computer.
Restarted and back it was. But same thing happened - no matter what size file I chose to transfer.
Reformatted disk. Same thing happened.
Converted to MBR disk, the disk was split in two (and by the way it only let me format one of them). Tried transferring again - same deal.The last time I noticed the transfer started at 128Mb/s and slowly crept down to 27Mb/s and stayed there until the error came up. Not sure if that hadn't happen previously.
Anyway, I fear the drive is a dud - or my initial formatting screwed with something. Or it could be connections to the motherboard/power supply?
Will be a little bit of a work up to open her up again to check connections, so just wanted to see if any of you Uber tech-savvy Demigods could shine a light on any of this before I have to do so.
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Like the title says sometimes when i transfer files between the two wd blue hdd it freezes but when i go check the files in the hdd they are successfully transferred.

I opened up wd diagnostic, both drive seems fine no error.

A:File transfer between 2 internal hard drive sometimes freezes

Are you sure it is freezing? Maybe AV software is on-access scanning the files. It does sometimes happen in my case due to ZoneAlarm, usually with large files. Explorer may show (not responding) during it.

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My old Compaq Presario 900US laptop got bad (water got in it). I got the hard drive out and attached via USB to my new laptop (Compaq Presario V2565). I can see the files under drive E: (USB port). Is there any way to transfer all the files, programs (have them install automatically) and settings from the hard drive to the new computer? The hard drive (old connected by usb) ran on windows xp and so does my new computer. thanks

A:Laptop Hard Drive File and Program Transfer

The operating system and installed programs cannot be recovered.
You can recover (copy) any data you had stored ... and any email still in OE.

If you can read the HD .. are you sure it's bad ???

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I'm trying to defrag an external hard drive, 120gb. However I keep getting an error that I need 5% space to defrag.
I have moved various files onto a partitioned drive, but the drive has not changed in respect of used disk space. The files left constitute only 80GB. I have checked for temp files, none there.
there are only two files left one of 60GB & one 19GB, both of which I don't want to delete & cant move to my partitioned drive.
What am I doing wrong, how can I fix this.
Also posted in Windows 2000.

A:hard drive shows full. Checking file size indicates it is not

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I'm trying to defrag an external hard drive, 120gb. However I keep getting an error that I need 5% space to defrag.
I have moved various files onto a partitioned drive, but the drive has not changed in respect of used disk space. The files left constitute only 80GB. I have checked for temp files, none there.
there are only two files left one of 60GB & one 19GB, both of which I don't want to delete & cant move to my partitioned drive.
What am I doing wrong, how can I fix this.

A:hard drive shows full. Checking file size indicates it is not

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Hello there, and thank you for viewing my thread!

After formatting my PC, I have made a fresh back up of all of my data onto my external hard drive (as you do). The problem I have, is that the external hard drive is showing as pretty much full, but there's nowhere near that much data on it!

I did a little bit of digging, and noticed that when I right click a folder on the external hard drive and go to 'Properties' that the size of the file shows as one value and the size on disk value is significantly larger in most cases.

In some cases, both values do not reflect the actual size of the file on my desktop.

The ExHD is in ExFat format, and I'm assuming it's something to do with the way it's formatted, I just don't know how to fix it. I've tried it a couple of different ways, with different 'Allocation Unit Size's, but for how long it takes to complete the back-up's each time I'd rather just ask for help and find out where I'm going wrong.

If anyone could help me sort this out I'd really appreciate it.

I edit a lot of home movies of my daughter, some video files are as large as 10GB so I cannot use the 4GB file size maximum given by NTFS.

Thank you so much!


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is my file transfer rate normal or has it gotten slower for my hard disc drive? I have bumped my knee into my computer and heard a scratching sound and guest it might be the hard drive since its one thing that spins. when I copy big files like 4gb+ from one folder to another the transfer rate starts at around 100mb/s then drop down to and stays at around 50mb-30mb per second. I never pay attention to my transfer speed and don't know if its like this has it gotten slower? what are you other guys folder to folder transfer speed? its the internal hard drive for my desktop specs below
hard drive specs:

Manufacturer - Western Digital
Part # - WD6400AAKS
Capacity - 640GB
Interface - SATA 3 Gb/s
Cache - 16MB
RPM - 7200
Form Factor - 3.5"

System specs:
Operating System-
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
AMD FX-8350 19 C
Vishera 32nm Technology
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz (9-9-9-24)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-D3P (CPU 1) 30 C
SyncMaster ([email protected])
2048MB ATI AMD Radeon R9 200 Series (ATI AIB) 31 C
596GB Western Digital WDC WD6401AALS-00L3B2 ATA Device (SATA) 36 C
Optical Drives-
ATAPI iHAS124 Y ATA Device
High Definition Audio Device

A:is my hard disc drive file transfer rate normal or has it gotten slower?

That sounds normal for copying files back to itself. Speeds always start off higher while the buffer is in use.

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I'm having trouble watching video from one of my hard drives (XP). At first I thought it was a codec problem so I uninstalled and reinstalled the codecs but that never worked.
Then I tried watching video on the other hard drive and no problem there.

I confirmed that its a hard drive problem when I tried to copy one of the files from the problematic hard drive, it showed 30mins left where it normally takes 1-2mins.

I checked to see if the channel was in PIO mode but all are in DMA.

Any way around this ?

A:Hard Drive Problem: Choppy Video and slow file transfer

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I have a WD 120gb pocket harddrive that I ran the defragging program through. I found it shut down midway through defragging process. Now when IO try to open it, aUTORUN.N fiel appears. I have tried disk manager, the trouble shooter,to no avail. There is stuff on the trouble shooter that I don't understand,so the answer may be there.

I ran a crapcleaner brand file cleaner thru it the day before. Did I remove something with the cleaner that I needed to open this file?

Thanks for any input,for I have original content on that disk I really don't want to lose. Chip

A:aUTORUN.N file. This file will not let me open my external hard drive

Welcome to TSF....

What is the make and model of the pocket drive?

What defrag program did you use on this pocket drive?

When it stopped defraging in the middle of the job where there any error messages/

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I went to SSDs on all of my computers some time back, but I still use WD RE4s and 2.5 inch WD Black HDDs for a variety of backup tasks and for storage in which the data will not be accessed for a period longer than is ideal to use a non-powered SSD for. On my Macs I am using El Capitan with OS X Journeled, GUID map, and FileVault 2 encryption. On my SP3 and desktop I am using NTFS with Win 10 64-bit Pro with BitLocker enabled on both machines. The OS and third party programs are currently up to date.

I've generally used ExFAT and the GPT partition map because it allows me to use it on all of my computers, and I have always used the default cluster size. However, I do not think the default size was the best decision for me because the size on disk is over TWICE the actual size.

If I am correct, the default Win 10 cluster size is 4k, and that going BELOW that is useful for the drives I have many smaller files on. Is this correct? Additionally, the smaller cluster size I go, the slower the drive will write, correct? Also, if so, how low do you advise going? I am still torn between reformatting outright or trying one of the programs that allows changes to a currently in-use drive. Any advice? Thanks!

A:Hard drive cluster size issues? Size on HDD over twice the actual size

For the a sector size of 4k to double your disk utilization you'd have to have a really tiny average file size. From your numbers shown the average size if I calculate it correct is 132kb (unless you have 1 massive file and 17,711 tiny ones) so a 4k size will make no difference.

You could check with TreeSize Free - it will tell you if you right click on the status bar and select it to be displayed.

EDIT - having checked the default for ExFat is 128k for drives over 32GB (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/140365) and when I tried to format an external USB drive that is what it picked. According to macbook - Reformat exFat with specific Device Block Size and Cluster Size - Ask Different OSX picks 128k also.

So if you had 128k as your cluster size minimum disk utilization would be 17,772 files * 128k = 2.17GB. So if all your files were just over this (say 132k which looks like your current average size) you would be using 4.44GB add a couple of big files and it could easily be 6GB.

I would check your average file sizes and also your current cluster size (you can use chkdsk as described in the AskDifferent link above).

The default is 4k for NTFS and I have always formatted ExFat as 4k also. Depending on your current setting reformatting 4k looks like a good idea.

As for how - copying the data elsewhere, formatting and then copying it back has to be the easiest, safest and most likely fastest way. You'll also get the disk defragmented automatical... Read more

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I have all of my music on an external hard drive. I recently bought a new computer which runs Windows 7 and now I'm having a problem. One of my folders contains downloaded singles and after I'd opened and closed the file, then gone back in, I got a message saying "Folder is Empty". However, if I right-click and access properties, the message tells me that it contains 983 files, but I can't locate them.

A:External Hard Drive File

When attempting to recover data from any external hard disk, I remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally to a desktop computer. If that by itself does not make the data accessible, I run CHKDSK x: /R, where you substitute your drive letter for the x.

Always use the "safely remove" procedure for USB devices.

Data you have only one copy of is data you don't care about.

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Hello, I want what's inside the external hard drive, to look the same no matter the pc it's plugged into.
So, I found how to change Folder Icons permanently from another thread,..
Now, what remains is changing the folder view, or else the icons won't be clear, so is that even possible?
PS. I know it's kinda OCD ..

A:External Hard Drive, Permanent Folder View (Folder Icon Size)

I did some research , and found that it was possible on windows xp via the "desktop.ini" through "FolderType=string" (eg: pictures, videos), but it seems it's impossible on windows 7.
The reason is that the " Show Common Tasks" in Folder options has been removed from windows 7.

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