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I backed up my 2003 Office Outlook (using abf Outlook 3 software) - the backup file is about 6 Gigs - when I tried to copy the file to an external hard drive, an error message said there wasn't enough available space to copy or transfer the file - I tried this with 5 external HD's - every one of the external HD's had more that enough space to accept the copied file - why am I getting this message and what can I do to copy it to an external HD?  Thank you -
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Format the external drive as NTFS, instead of FAT32.   That should solve it.
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While what akahan says is true.... you still risk big problems with a mail file that big.
I strongly encourage you to creat offline folders so that you can move older mail in to those folders and back them up separately.  For instance, create one offline folder for each year, move all the email you don't want to delete there.

Otherwise, you're risking corruption of your mailbox making you lose *everything*.
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If you are getting a message that states "not enough resources" then I suggest you download the free version of XXcopy.exe and use it. This has solved the issue for me in the past.

xxcopy is available here: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/xxcopy.html

please let me know if you have any questions.
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Thank you -
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