4 > 256

Old Oct 1st 2011, 12:43 pm
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Or so my bleedin' computer keeps telling me. I'm trying to back up my Outlook .pst file (the file that keeps all your Outlook data, including emails) onto a portable hard drive, which has 256 GB free space. The .pst file is 4GB. Yet when I try to copy I'm told there isn't enough free space. Tried the same onto 2 other hard drives, with the same message (each has more than 100GB free). I've made a copy of the .pst file onto my desktop, but can't copy that onto the portable hard drives. This is my company pc, which is pretty well locked-down: could the system have something which prevents me copying the .pst file?

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Old Oct 1st 2011, 1:24 pm
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I have no idea but I thought my might just say hello as I am pissed off in work.

if you feel the computer blocks .pst files just rename it (the file extension to .doc) or something and try it then.

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Old Oct 1st 2011, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Bahtatboy View Post
Or so my bleedin' computer keeps telling me. I'm trying to back up my Outlook .pst file (the file that keeps all your Outlook data, including emails) onto a portable hard drive, which has 256 GB free space. The .pst file is 4GB. Yet when I try to copy I'm told there isn't enough free space. Tried the same onto 2 other hard drives, with the same message (each has more than 100GB free). I've made a copy of the .pst file onto my desktop, but can't copy that onto the portable hard drives. This is my company pc, which is pretty well locked-down: could the system have something which prevents me copying the .pst file?

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Most likely your portable drive is formatted as FAT32 which has a file size limit of ~4GB...
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Old Oct 1st 2011, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by norsk View Post
Most likely your portable drive is formatted as FAT32 which has a file size limit of ~4GB...
exactly.... you may be able to reformat to NTSC but you'll have to wipe the whole drive first etc.
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Old Oct 1st 2011, 4:51 pm
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exactly.... you may be able to reformat to NTSC but you'll have to wipe the whole drive first etc.
I'm sure you meant NTFS...

the easiest thing to do would be to open the pst in outlook, create another pst and move some emails into that one. this will leave you with 2 pst files which is a bit crap but more important they will both be under 4GB and so be supported by your portable drive..

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Thanks guys. Yeah, the drive's 32fat, I'll try splitting the file.

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