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MS backup stops at 4,267,131,460 bytes of back up.

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system = Intel board with intel Plll 800 cpu. Three HDDs. Using a 20 Gig pull out drive as a backup, backing up 7 Gig of data. "C" is a 80 Gig. Error message is "The backup file has reached the maximum size allowed by the file system..."  Is there a way to set the "file" to a larger amount? Trying to do a full backup including reg.
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a: Use NTFS
b: Split up the backup
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Hi chicagoan,
I forgot to mention I am using ME as an operating system.
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FAT32 has a 4GB limitation on file size.
Ghost will automatically split it's image files if you'd like to try that.
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I'd suggest that instead of backing up the disk you back up folders instead.

You'll probably need to divide your disk into 4 regions with each region roughly about the same size, each region consisting of selected folders.

Backup the regions as files to the disk.
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To chicagoan and dbrunton

What I am trying to accomplish is a full back up of everything (a mirror image) onto a pull-out drive so when my harddrive crashes I can just swap it with the pull-out drive and be up and running in a short time. I also want to be able to do a differential backup once a week to keep the pull-out up to date. I don't mind buying Ghost if that is what is needed. I was hopeing to use MSBackup though. I back up "my docs" once a week on CDRW and important files daily on CDRW as well.
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norcton ghost or drive image by power quest will clone the drive so you can just pop it in and it will work
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