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Hard Disk Drive Write Error Claims Drive is Full When it Isn't


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When I recently attempted to move some files to my external hard drive I got a message saying that it was full. When I checked the drive itself there are over 80GB left to be written. I've searched on the web and tried to solve this myself, but I have't had any luck, and I know next to nothing about computers, so hopefully someone here will be able to help me out.

Below I have attached some specs on my computer and images for both the error messages and a full screen diagnostic of the drive that I ran with windirstat.

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Windows 98 SE
Pentium ® III
600mhz
256 RAM (128x2 SDRAM)

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you are running windows 98se, it only recognizes drives up to around 130 -140 gb properly....
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you are running windows 98se, it only recognizes drives up to around 130 -140 gb properly....

I may be wrong, but I don't think, it applies to external drive.

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How big is the file, you're trying to move?
Normal limit for FAT32 is 4GB, but there is Shell32.dll glitch in Win 98 (http://support.micro...b;en-us;Q318293), which lowers that limit to 2GB.
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you are running windows 98se, it only recognizes drives up to around 130 -140 gb properly....

I may be wrong, but I don't think, it applies to external drive.


Applies to all FAT32 drives as it's a limitation of the FAT32 file system. Windows 98 in theory can see any drive size you care to mention (FAT32 provides for up to 8 Terabytes on a drive with a maximum of 4Gb per file) however in reality Scandisk cannot see more than 125Gb of a hard drive, therefore if the drive develops a serious file error beyond this point it won't get repaired under Win98. Support above 137Gb is patchy under Windows 98 and older hardware as there is a serious disk of data loss.
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I see. Thanks :)
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