Better errors for FAT32 drives

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Better errors for FAT32 drives

Veeam Logoby Journeymangeek » Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:54 am

I attempted to use a fat32 drive to do a backup and I got a "Not enough space on the disk" error. I know windows gives it by default, but its *entirely unhelpful* in working out the issue. Could we have filesystem detection on local backups and either an error pointing out its a FAT32 drive (assuming chunking backups isn't an option, but that's a whole different feature request)
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Re: Better errors for FAT32 drives

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:14 am 1 person likes this post

Did you backup files outgrow the max supported file size (4 GBs) for FAT32 systems?
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Re: Better errors for FAT32 drives

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:40 pm

Ravi,

Yes, users do stuff like backup a volume of a larger size to the smaller size repository and nobody cannot predict that. In the Endpoint, we did not set a limit during backup as compression and deduplication might save some space. The error wording seems to be ok - it is simple and it indicates the exact problem, like check the engine bulb
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Re: Better errors for FAT32 drives

Veeam Logoby Journeymangeek » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:02 am

Oh certainly. I'd forgotten the darned thing was FAT32 - and glared at it for a moment before I realised I had reformatted it to FAT32 for testing it on some odder hardware. It would be more accurate to give a warning saying its a fat32 drive (which was the real issue) than that I had run out of space.
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Re: Better errors for FAT32 drives

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:24 am

Ravi,
Honestly we have thought about it, but decided not to overload the UI. Thank you for describing you use case – we will get back to this problem with the dev team, and discuss what we can do.
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Re: Better errors for FAT32 drives

Veeam Logoby corby » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:05 pm 2 people like this post

How often are full backups < 4GB ? Get rid of FAT32 support and recommend NTFS or exFAT.
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