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backup keeps crashing at 4 gigs with Windows 2000


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Jeremy_Scheiderer

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I am using Veritas Backup Exec 8.6. I just set it up to backup to two external Hard Drives and Veritas will write to it up to 4 gigs of information. However, after that the drive just craps out on me and won't write anymore data to it. Can someone please help my friend told me its a drive limitation to Windows 2000. :whistling:
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don't think it is a drive limitation...are you using compression?
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I believe that I am how would I be able to check if I am using compression?
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Well I was able to figure it out. The drives were formated in FAT32 which only allows 4 gigs so I formated them to NTFS and now they work like a charm. Thanks for the help.
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ahh, good call

That had not occured to me---Some compression algorhythms (I do not know what Veritas uses) cannot compress a file to something larger than 2gb, I know, so I was thinking Veritas was using one with a ceiling of 4gb.
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It's not a compression issue. FAT32 has a *file size* limit of 4G. The drive can format larger, but any one file can't be more than 4G. The backup file is a single file, so it chokes at 4G under FAT32. I had to format an AData JOGR 8G USB flash drive to NTFS to get around this exact problem. (The backup didn't restore properly after all that, anyway. I finally used Norton Ghost 2002 to copy the drive contents to a new drive successfully.)
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