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Tutorial How to fix “Not enough space Disk space error”

Discussion in 'Windows Tools & Tips' started by FreeNetNeed, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. If you experience such a problem, most probably it’s caused by the fact that your flash drive is formatted with the Please or Register to view links. This type of a file system has a built-in limitation on the size of the files that it may contain. Although the total size of the files that you can copy to a FAT32 drive could be as large as 2TB (or the physical capacity of the drive, whichever is smaller), the size of each individual file may not exceed 4GB.

    This limitation may sound silly: why would anyone design a system that would not allow for the larger files? The problem is, when the FAT32 file system was designed (that was back in the days of Windows 95), no one anticipated that we would have such large files in use today. Or, maybe the designers hoped that by the time such large files become common, the use of the FAT32 system would be replaced by the more modern systems.

    In any case, how to solve the problem of copying the 4GB files? Easy: you need to replace the FAT32 file system on the drive with the Please or Register to view links. The latter does not have the 4GB file size limitation, and it also allows for many other functions not supported by FAT32: file security, encryption, compression, etc.


    Steps for Converting FAT32 drive to NTFS drive format:
    Method 1: Convert without Formatting

    First check the drive name which is in FAT32 and you want to convert in NTFS.
    Open CMD
    Type this chkdsk t:/f for checking error. My drive is T: so if your drive is different. For example if your drive was D: code will be chkdsk D:/f
    Wait for finding error .
    Now for the converting type Convert T:/FS:NTFS. If your drive is D then type this convert d:/fs:ntfs

    You can check whether your drive is in NTFS or FAT32 by following the steps mentioned below:
    1. Click Start button and then open “My Computer”.
    2. Right click on the concerned drive and then open Properties.
    3. Click on the General tab and in the File System option you can check whether your drive is NTFS or FAT32.

    Method 2: Format Method

    There are several ways to go. If the drive is empty or contains no important files of yours, the easiest way is to use the Windows Format command to format the drive with the NTFS file system. Specifically:

    1. Attach the external flash drive to the computer, wait for Windows to recognize it and assign a new drive letter to it.
    2. Open the Computer folder and locate the drive letter assigned to the flash drive you want to format with NTFS (in the example below, it’s drive F:)
    3. Before continuing, open the drive in a window and make sure it’s empty or does not contain any important files, because after you format a drive, all information that was on it will be erased! If there are files on the drive that you want to keep, take this opportunity to copy them over to the hard drive or some other drive.
    4. If you are sure that the external drive contains no important files of yours, go back to the Computer folder, and right click on the icon of the external drive:
    5. Select Format from the menu, and then choose the formatting options
    6. Make sure to select NTFS in the File System drop-down list. That’s what determines the kind of a file system that the drive should have. Also, you may want to select the Quick Format option, which should speed up the formatting process quite considerably.
    7. Press Start, and Windows should warn you once again about erasing any existing information on the drive (see step 3 above). Again, if you are sure the drive does not contain any irreplaceable documents, confirm that you want to proceed with the formatting
    8. If you’ve selected the Quick format option, the formatting should take no longer than a minute or two.

    As a result, you should have the same drive, but now it should have the NTFS files system on it. Now you should be able to copy the files larger than 4GB to the drive just fine.