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Windows 7: 500 gb HD 2 TB external Drive says not enough space

20 Nov 2012   #1

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500 gb HD 2 TB external Drive says not enough space

ok I have 2 problems:

1. I have a 500 gb HD C and using a empty 2 TB external Drive, it gets to a point (different each time) stops and says nt enough space.

2. This stopping of backking up is annoying in itself. So I hit to restart back up and instead of it continuing whare it left of from the other BU it begins a whole new Bakup. This Time I have 2003 zipped files while the last 2 times I had like 316 on one and 988 on another.

Is this just win 7 and its back ups? I have 2 other programs I can use Nero back up and Mameo, should I reformat disk and try one o them?

Thanks 4 your help !!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Nov 2012   #2

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Could you post a maximized view of Disk Managment? I suspect that you might have a 100MB System Reserved partition as part of the C: drive. If this partition has insuficient space it can adversely affect the creation of backups and system images. Has to do with creation of shadow copies, temp files, etc.

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