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    Disk saying not enough space when there is?

    Hi,

    On our file server there is a disk of 1.2tb
    I'm trying to reorganise the file structure and cut/paste files, but keep getting a message saying ' Not enough space to perform this action '
    I vaguely remember reading about something in the past where disks over 1TB had problems and didn't like to go under 1TB of free space available.

    Does anyone know what I mean? or know what could cause this issue.
    The disk is formatted as NTFS.

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    After looking more it seems to be certain folder.
    The folder is under 300 mb in size and when ever I try to move it says there's not enough disk space on the disk. Checked permission etc. What can cause this? Corrupt disk?

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    Umm, a full scandisk/chkdsk opperation may not go a miss. Also does the folder contain sparse files - files with large amounts of all zero data that the filesystem has compressed for you - you can get half terabyte files that take a meg or two on the drive but get messy when you try to copy them. These were particularly useful to the science and big data community when modeling something with massive amounts of empty space but support for them has been pulled in Server 2012

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    I ran chkdsk /f and all came back fine.
    I'll try a scandisk. I've narrowed it down to a certain files ( It's loads of certain files though ) The one file i've found is a standard .pptx powerpoint file of around 4mb. Has a standard name ( Called Science) so don't know what's up with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    I ran chkdsk /f and all came back fine.
    Try chkdsk /r instead.

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    Do you have a quota set on the parent folder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Do you have a quota set on the parent folder?
    Yup there is a quota. It's the home drives
    Quota and file screening is set. File screening set to block executable files.

    Trying a chkdsk /r now

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    chkdsk /r not work either
    After running still the same problem.
    So annoying people I cant change the file structure for the homedrives whilst it's doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Do you have a quota set on the parent folder?
    I just turned off the quota and it now works !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yay.
    Why is the quota stopping a 4mb power point file from being moved though?

    Glad it's working now

    Thanks


    sorry for triple post..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    I just turned off the quota and it now works !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yay.
    Why is the quota stopping a 4mb power point file from being moved though?
    The file owner is probably at their quota limit on the destination drive hence the issue.

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    What Synack said. Give 'em more space.

    Per-User Volume Quotas
    Systems administrators often need to track or limit user disk space usage on shared storage volumes, so NTFS includes quota-management support. NTFS quota-management support allows for per-user specification of quota enforcement, which is useful for usage tracking and tracking when a user reaches warning and limit thresholds. NTFS can be configured to log an event indicating the occurrence to the System event log if a user surpasses his warning limit. Similarly, if a user attempts to use more volume storage then her quota limit permits, NTFS can log an event to the System event log and fail the application file I/O that would have caused the quota violation with a ďdisk fullĒ error code.

    NTFS tracks a userís volume usage by relying on the fact that it tags files and directories with the security ID (SID) of the user who created them. The logical sizes of files and directories a user owns count against the userís administrator defined quota limit. Thus, a user canít circumvent his or her quota limit by creating an empty sparse file that is larger than the quota would allow and then fill the file with non-zero data. Similarly, whereas a 50 KB file might compress to 10 KB, the full 50 KB is used for quota accounting.

    By default, volumes donít have quota tracking enabled. You need to use the Quota tab of a volumeís Properties dialog box to enable quotas, to specify default warning and limit thresholds, and to configure the NTFS behavior that occurs when a user hits the warning or limit threshold. The Quota Entries tool, which you can launch from this dialog box, enables an administrator to specify different limits and behavior for each user. Applications that want to interact with NTFS quota management use COM quota interfaces, including IDiskQuotaControl, IDiskQuotaUser, and IDiskQuotaEvents. (Source, p928)

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