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I tried to backup my "C" drive to an external Western Digital drive.  I have more than enough space on the removable Western Digital drive but after 38 minutes I got the following message:
End of Media encountered while backing up to non-removable media

How do I remedy this?  I have attached the detailed backup log.
backup01.txt
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You backed up to a Fat32-formatted drive (that's how external USB media are formatted by default).

On FAT drives, no files can be created larger than ~4.3 GB. It's that point where your backup stopped.
If you format your drive (or a large enough part of it) NTFS, this will no longer happen.
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If you encounter problems trying to format the drive with the Windows tools, download Parted Magic: www.partedmagic.com, a live CD that you can boot your system off in order to use the very efficient GParted linux partitioner.

Talking of problems:
The NT Backup tool integrated into XP is not really a star among backup applications. It's rather like a last resort. For something as important and critical as your system drive a better solution should be sought. On top of that: NT Backup requires Windows to run in order to be used. What if Windows won't boot any more? What use is a backup if it doesn't help you in such a situation? But even if Windows still boots and runs: you are never going to be able to completely restore your backup to your C drive; the Windows core would have to replace itself while running and continuing to run. That is impossible.
So there isn't really a point in that backup.

Instead, I suggest you make a drive copy/image. A nice free application for this purpose is ToDoBackup:
http://www.todo-backup.com/
(Don't forget to create a bootable rescue CD via Tools > Create Bootable Disk; you will need it to boot from when restoring the image).
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Torimar:
<< On FAT drives, no files can be created larger than ~4.3 GB. It's that point where your backup stopped. If you format your drive (or a large enough part of it) NTFS, this will no longer happen. >>
-- Are you saying that I can format my external WD drive as NTFS?
-- Do I even have the capability to format my external drive as NTFS?  Do I need to download software?  I have XP Home edition.
-- If I format my external drive as NTFS, can I then backup my FAT "C" drive to my external drive?
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<< If you format your drive (or a large enough part of it) NTFS, this will no longer happen. >>
When you say "YOUR" drive, do you mean my EXTERNAL drive or my INTERNAL drive.
2.  If  I format a portion of my "C" drive as NTFS does that mean that I can now create a larger than 4GB file on my external drive?  Even if my data still resides on the FAT portion of my "C" drive.  This doesn't make sense but then some things in Windows have never made sense..
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Sorry if I was not being clear enough: You must format the external drive as NTFS.

As to capability and software:
You may try the Windows integrated disk manager: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000
If that won't work well with your external drive, try to download, install and use the free Easeus partition wizard: http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

As to the limits of Microsoft Backup:
Please read again what I wrote above, and decide whether you really want to use it. I recommended a free alternative tool.
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Torimar:
Right now I'm sticking with Windows backup.  Hopefully, when I get back on my feet financially, I'll buy a proper backup program.  I have absolutely no aversion to spending money on software but I'm out of work right now.
BTW, I'm an old, Old, OLD-time ARCSERVE Backup customer... when I had a job.
 
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Very good advice!
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