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Windows 7: I can't move this big file..?

20 Mar 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i can hardly believe that people are still compressing drives, i cannot remember the last time i encountered a compressed drive

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20 Mar 2012   #12

Windows 10 Pro

True, compressing drives is a bad, choice. I can't believe the author can't move a 56 gig file.
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21 Mar 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think whether or not NTFS compression is used depends upon the perspective of the user. There are international corporations that use it still. I doubt that many individuals use compression any more (except maybe on older equipment) due to the inexpensive $/B these days, but NTFS compression had always been 100% reliable for me. Had never found any previous on-the-fly compression methods trustable/reliable/predictable (DoubleSpace/DriveSpace).

I've still got a few TB worth of old compressed disks around here that I use to store images of repaired computers. The newer, larger drives I've never bothered to turn compression on. Nowadays I just use the older, smaller compressed disk to store the smaller images. Not gonna bother uncompressing them.

But the images have gotten bigger over the years, and what troubles me is that when using Windows 7 to move these larger files the process never ends (when moving to a compressed drive). From what I experienced, it doesn't stop with an error, nothing in the event log or any other log I could find, the process just goes on and on. One time just let it go for a whole 24 hours just to see if it would ever end!! Teracopy would actually halt, on each attempt, with the previously mentioned error message (I guess apparently recognizing the NTFS driver was trying to tell the system that something's wrong).

For the original poster, it might be worthwhile to check out the following links:

A heavily fragmented file in an NTFS volume may not grow beyond a certain size

File System Limitation - The Sean Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
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