I'm not an IT expert sadly, but am nevertheless lumbered with trying to manage our small company's half a dozen PCs networked over wired and wireless LAN. A couple of weeks ago one of them (the newest one, less than two weeks out of warranty!) had a massive hard disk failure and all data was lost. Which was not a good time to discover that backing up had been overlooked slightly (my bad!) and the most recent copy was 10 weeks old. Not only that, but it was only of the My Documents folder structure and did NOT include things like local e-mail content, web favourites, etc. Having spent two weeks sorting things out and rebuilding the system I've learned my lesson, and will now take regular (weekly or so?) backups not just of the Documents but of the entire Windows installations. Which seems to be easier said than done, as it means dealing with large (10-50GB) files...
Basically, I'm trying to copy a ca. 20GB backup file from a WinXP machine to a newly acquired NAS (500GB SATA disk, formatted NTFS) over Ethernet. In between sits a Linksys WAG54GS router/gateway/WLAN access point, with both the PC and the NAS connected via cable (so wireless connectivitiy isn't the problem here).
The trouble is, I've tried several times now and every time the process stops at exactly 4GB. First time this happened, I didn't realise the NAS disk had been formatted by the manufacturer to FAT which has a 4GB file size limit (or so I'm told); but even after reformatting it as NTFS as per manufacturer's instructions the same problem still occurs. If anything it's gotten worse: with the original setup it took 'only' 3-4 hrs to copy the 4GB before it failed, but now it's taking somewhere in the region of 8 hrs or more to do the same!
Small files copy across in a flash, and even large (several GB) sets comprised of multiple files go through fine.
The NAS is available as a Samba share (which is what I'm using); other options include FTP and NFS, although I haven't tried these. It also operates as a local USB drive, but this isn't an option here because I'm trying to set up a network-based backup facility which would be accessible by all our half a dozen PCs, so that I could also automate the backing up via some sort of process scheduling.
I don't know whether it's the router or the NAS or the hard disk which is the problem, both in terms of the slowness of the process as well as the cause of the overall failure. If it's a case of adjusting the router's settings I may be able to do this (although my understanding of networking issues is shaky at best!), or if it's a case of returning the NAS to the vendor as faulty then I'm still able to do that, although probably not for much longer. The trouble is, if I ask Linksys they'll no doubt say it's the NAS, and vice versa (unless they both turn around and blame Microsoft!).
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
May 20, 2008 3:37 PM
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