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Why can't I transfer a 100 MB file?


XP gives me an error message saying "There is not enough space on the disk. Please clear some disk space and try again." when I try to download this 100MB file or any file larger than that. My laptop has a 40GB hard drive and I've only used 9GB. So there's around 30GB left and I can't download any more files. There is no disk usage quota set and my user account on XP is the administrator, hence, I don't know what's wrong. Can you help? Thanks



This question was answered on January 10, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Being a bit sketchy on details, the only thing I can tell you is what I would investigate if I were to be faced with this problem myself.

Your profile says you are using cable I assume, the cable is the “pipe” you are trying to pull the file through I would call the Cable Company and ask them if there is a limit on the size of files their network will allow you to transfer 100 Meg is a nice round number, and I have to wonder if this occurrence is not manifesting itself by design.

Next, I would have to investigate the program you are using to transfer the file I would see if there is a software limitation involved.

I would check to see if you can transfer a file this large to the destination that you are aiming it to Try downloading it to a different directory or disk.

Next, I would do as the system requests Find another large file to clear out and see if I can put my 100 Meg file in its place.

Lastly, I would stop using the Windows XP administrator account for working online There are numerous viruses searching frantically for you every time you log on Set up a limited-rights and privileges user account for daily use and for surfing the Net.

While I'm at it, I would scan for such a virus to see if it hasn’t already found you.


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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 10, 2003