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> Nand Backup -can't Get Free Size, error message for Hitachi 4GB microdrive
tombraider
post Jan 3 2006, 07:28 AM
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Just tried to do a NAND backup to my Hitachi 4 GB cf microdrive and an error message, "can't get free size" pops up. It's willing to backup up to my sd card, but I don't have enough space there - would 1 GB be enough?

Anyway I went to the extent of reformatting the card in Windows XP and checking for errors and nothing shows up.

What does this error MEAN - any ideas? One person in 2003 posted about the error but no one posted a solution.

I noticed that whenever I put a cf card in of ANY kind, the CF CD line changes to "low" from "high" if THAT means anything.

Help! I want to backup my present configuration so that I can try out the Cacko ROM.

Thanks in advance. rolleyes.gif
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post Jan 3 2006, 08:21 AM
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QUOTE(tombraider @ Jan 3 2006, 09:28 AM)
Just tried to do a NAND backup to my Hitachi 4 GB cf microdrive and an error message, "can't get free size" pops up.  It's willing to backup up to my sd card,  but I don't have enough space there - would 1 GB be enough?


I answered your first question about the Microdrive several days ago.

http://www.oesf.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=16865&hl=

You need a minimum of about ~140 megs free for a NAND backup. Realistically this means you need at least a 256 MB card.
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scheck.r
post Jan 3 2006, 08:30 AM
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I am not sure if I remember correctly but I think it worked for me if I partitioned my microdrive to have a max of 2Gb FAT16 first partition.
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post Jan 3 2006, 10:24 AM
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Sorry, I missed your reply! sad.gif The backup turned out to be only 135 MB in size - probably because I have just about everything installed to the sd card (which I backup periodically by itself).
I figured out that the backups only work to fat16, and fat16 can only be 2 GB or under in size as sheck.r says.

I wound up using my sd card. I thought the file would be huge, and so I removed half the stuff on the card before I backed up but it turned out to be relatively small. Next time I'll use a 256 MB cf card formatted to fat16.
Thanks for the help! smile.gif

QUOTE(DrWowe @ Jan 3 2006, 04:21 PM)
QUOTE(tombraider @ Jan 3 2006, 09:28 AM)
Just tried to do a NAND backup to my Hitachi 4 GB cf microdrive and an error message, "can't get free size" pops up.  It's willing to backup up to my sd card,  but I don't have enough space there - would 1 GB be enough?


I answered your first question about the Microdrive several days ago.

http://www.oesf.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=16865&hl=

You need a minimum of about ~140 megs free for a NAND backup. Realistically this means you need at least a 256 MB card.
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post Jan 3 2006, 12:00 PM
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QUOTE(tombraider @ Jan 3 2006, 05:28 PM)
Just tried to do a NAND backup to my Hitachi 4 GB cf microdrive and an error message, "can't get free size" pops up.  It's willing to backup up to my sd card,  but I don't have enough space there - would 1 GB be enough?

Anyway I went to the extent of reformatting the card in Windows XP and checking for errors and nothing shows up.

What does this error MEAN - any ideas?  One person in 2003 posted about the error but no one posted a solution.

I noticed that whenever I put a cf card in of ANY kind, the CF CD line changes to "low" from "high" if THAT means anything.

Help!  I want to backup my present configuration so that I can try out the Cacko ROM.

Thanks in advance.  rolleyes.gif
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Greetings! I had a similar problem just yesterday, just the difference I was doing NAND restore. Basically this "can't get free size" means = "I can't read (nor write) the card you're giving me!". I couldn't get my 512Mb CF card to react so I used a 256Mb SD card. I would think the Zaurus BIOS (or whatever you call this low-level IO-system interface) is quite primitive and a 4 Gb card sounds like you'd be talking french to an elephant.

I'd try with a smaller card, if you have any (Secure digital included). My problem with NAND required me also to format the SD card into FAT (this meaning FAT16 I assume?). Again, you have to play primitive enough.

(edit: Ok, nice job for me dry.gif - I just noticed you already overcame with the problem. Well - maybe I'll leave this post in case somebody else would need this information.)

-Mersault-
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Jon_J
post Feb 9 2007, 11:57 AM
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I just got this error in the backup/restore menu. I'm making a NAND backup.
"can't get free size"
Then I checked my CF card in Windows and it was formatted as FAT32.
I have another CF card formatted as FAT (or FAT16) and this one worked fine.
I'm going to reformat that other CF card to FAT also.
Oh, I remember why I formatted it as FAT32. It was because I was trying to copy 23,000 files (in one directory) to it.
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