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    I installed Ntbackup from Windows XP on a computer with Vista.
    When I attempt to backup 8.5G to a 16G flash drive I get a message saying the tape is full please insert a new tape. This occurs after about 4G has been saved. What am I doing wrong?

  • #2
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    What files sytem is on your flash drive???

    From memory most flash drives are formatted in FAT/FAT32.

    FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit.

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    • #3
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      How can I fix this?

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      • #4
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        Format your thumbdrive as NTFS. Alternatively, you could break up the backup file into <4GB chunks.
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        • #5
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          hi,

          you dont say which edition of Vista you are using, but have you checked for a back-up solution built in (i know business edition has it)?
          I would suggest using an external hdd for that amount of data, as from experience flash drives can let you down at the most inconvenient of times!

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Nonapeptide View Post
            Format your thumbdrive as NTFS. Alternatively, you could break up the backup file into <4GB chunks.
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by xjimx View Post
              How can I fix this?
              Is the drive formatted in FAT/FAT32???

              I've just tried to go through the format process on mine and couldn't format as an NTFS drive, it is only 8GB in size though.

              You may be able to convert the drive to NTFS. Let me try it on lmine and i'll let you know.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
                Is the drive formatted in FAT/FAT32???

                I've just tried to go through the format process on mine and couldn't format as an NTFS drive, it is only 8GB in size though.
                To be able to format a flash drive to NTFS:
                • Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port.Open System Properties, pressing Win+Break.
                • Select Hardware tab -> Device Manager.
                • Find Disk Drives, expand it.
                • Find the USB flash drive you want to format, and double-click it. It opens the Properties dialog box.
                • Click Policies tab.
                • By default, the ‘Optimize for quick removal’ option is turned on; switch it to ‘Optimize for performance’, and then press OK.
                • Now open My Computer. Click the right mouse button on USB Flash Drive and Select Format... The Format dialog box now appears.
                • Select NTFS in the File System field.
                • Press Start, and wait while the process will be completed.
                • Now your USB Flash Drive is formatted with NTFS format.

                Ref:http://www.howtodothings.com/compute...fs-file-system

                Attention: ALWAYS remove the USB flash drive “safely” or the data might be lost.
                and usually Fat32 performs better than NTFS.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by simonsays View Post
                  hi,

                  you dont say which edition of Vista you are using, but have you checked for a back-up solution built in (i know business edition has it)?
                  I would suggest using an external hdd for that amount of data, as from experience flash drives can let you down at the most inconvenient of times!
                  In this case of Simon Says I would be inclined to agree totally.
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                  • #10
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                    Problem solved thanks for all the help.

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