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Microsoft KB Archive/250651

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Article ID: 250651

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95

This article was previously published under Q250651


When you try to use Microsoft Backup to back up your Windows 98-based computer contents to a file, you may receive the following error message:

Insufficient disk space exits to continue the current operation. Please free some disk space and retry the operation.


This issue can occur if you back up more than 4 gigabytes (GB) of data to a hard disk that is formatted using the 32-bit File Allocation Table (FAT32) file system.


To work around this issue, configure Microsoft Backup to use multiple backup jobs when you need to back up more than 4GB of data to a FAT32 hard disk.


This behavior is by design.


This issue does not affect the ability of Microsoft Backup to back up more than 4 GB of data to backup devices such as tape drives. For additional information about using Microsoft Backup, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

182624 Microsoft Backup System Requirements for Windows 98

187526 How to Restore Windows 98 from a Full System Backup

For additional information about the FAT32 file system, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

154997 Description of the FAT32 File System

192322 Description of Default Cluster Sizes for FAT32 File System

180134 How to Convert a Drive to FAT32 Using Drive Converter

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