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Windows 7: USB External Hard Drive Problem

27 Apr 2010   #1
flicka

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USB External Hard Drive Problem

When using a USB external hard drive on my old computer with Windows XP, I could delete and add videos with no problems, and then simply defragment that drive from time to time. Now with my new computer and Windows 7, I am finding that when using the same USB external hard drive to delete and add videos, I am having problems. I remove unwanted files by "moving" them to a folder on my new computer and then when I attempt to copy a new video from my computer, it won't transfer even though there is plenty of storage space on the USB external hard drive. I have found that if I run the error-checking program on that external hard drive, then I am able to transfer files, but that seems very time consuming. Anyone have a solution as to why the external hard drive is acting like it is full when actually there is plenty of space??? The external drive is formatted as NTFS.

Thanks,
Flicka


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27 Apr 2010   #2
whs
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Did you run a chkdsk to see whether there are any bad sectors?
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27 Apr 2010   #3
flicka

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Yes, I did run a chkdsk to see whether there are any bad sectors.
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27 Apr 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Have a look in the disks Properties > Security tab, whether there is a problem with the Write permission.
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28 Apr 2010   #5
flicka

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The security on this disk is set for ALL USERS to have permission to read, write, modify, full control, read & execute.

Should I be "deleting" files I no longer want on this disk instead of "moving" them to a folder on the main computer? Is that causing a problem with not freeing up previously used space on the disk?
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