Not enough space left error

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Not enough space left error

#1 Post by stevemp » 20 Nov 2018, 15:59

I am attempting to run QPhotoRec against a SATA drive that is connected using a USB interface device. I set the destination drive to an internal drive that has over 500GB free.

After recovering a bunch of files I get an error dialog that says "There is not enough disk space left! Please free disk space and/or choose another destination"

As I said there is still over 500GB free on the destination drive when I get this error.

Any idea what could be causing this?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Not enough space left error

#2 Post by cgrenier » 20 Nov 2018, 20:16

A common cause is a FAT32 destination as no file bigger than 2 or 4GB can be created on FAT32.

When PhotoRec display this error, it stops the recovery of the current file and discard it, so there can be some space when you check the destination.

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Re: Not enough space left error

#3 Post by strukelj » 28 Dec 2018, 10:31


Trying to hijack this thread so I don't make a new one. I've been getting the same error constantly no matter what (in my limited expertise) I tried.

The HDD I'm recovering from is 1TB, the HDD that I am recovering to is 2TB. After running WIP 7.1 all night, it stopped at 55%, saying there is no more space left on the drive. The 2TB drive only had 100GB of data on it. It was freshly formatted as NTFS.

Any idea on whats going on?

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