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I tried to backup from my NTFS external hard drive to a new exFAT external hard drive when my copy finished I saw that I have very little free space remained. I checked my file size and I saw that the real size of my file is "30.4GB" but the size on disk is "396 GB".

I must mention that number of file is so high (about 96110 Files, 10807 Folders).

Why has this happened? How should I fix this? I formatted my new hard drive with exFAT filesystem with Allocation unit size of 4096 kilobytes.

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What about hidden or system files? How many files are there? Which sizes? –  week Dec 2 '12 at 23:45
    
there are no hidden files or system files –  Am1rr3zA Dec 3 '12 at 0:11
    
You copy single file 30.4GB? –  week Dec 3 '12 at 0:15
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@week I edit my question , no about 96k files –  Am1rr3zA Dec 3 '12 at 0:21
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Why would you set the allocation unit size so ridiculously high? –  David Schwartz Dec 3 '12 at 1:37

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If my calculations are right than average file size on your exFAT is 331,7KB, but you've set minimal unit size to 4096 KB, which means that there is 92% unused space in every unit, so 96110 (files) x 3768,32 (freespace) = 362173235,2 KB = 345,40 GB (free) + 30,4 (real) = 375,8 GB, still missing few gigs somewhere, maybe because of that average size.

In other words, set unit size as small as possible or use ".tar" or something like that.

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