How to solve the "no Space for DB" error message.
Some people have been asking for help in regards to the "No Space for DB" error message on the P3. This issue is caused by "._[name of file here]"files. These files are created by Apple's Mac OSX (I believe that they help the mac access the info in the "Get info" window, but I am not sure. also please note that these are NOT files used by Spotlight. Spotlight index files are placed in a hidden folder in the root of the P3 drive. if you delete this folder, or any of its contents, Spotlight will re-create the entire folder next time you plug the device into the mac.) I use OSX Leopard daily, and therefore have encountered this error message many times. Please use common sense when following this guide. I am not responsible for any data lost from this operation. That said, you should not run into any issues with this. I have done both ways successfully many times.
FROM A WINDOWS COMPUTER
1. Plug your P3 into any Windows Computer (I use windows XP, vista or 7 may be a little different)
2. open a my computer or my documents window, and go to Tools>Options.
3. in the options window, go to the View tab, and enable the show hidden files and folders option. click ok.
4. go to Start and click on Search. when in the search, type in " ._ "
5. delete any/all the files that show up in the results of the search.
6. there you go! you should be all set!
Solution for OSX users
(for windows and OSX options)
Now, your P3 may still give you the error message. if it does, back up ALL the files on your P3. when the back is complete, format the drive. (make sure that you are formating the P3 drive, and not any other. accidentally performing a format to the wrong drive may result in permanent data loss.)
in Windows: in my computer, right click the P3 drive, and click format.
in OSX: open Disk Utility, and use the erase option on the P3 drive.
now restore everything on your P3. if you performed the format operation in OSX, use the dot_clean command once again, just in case.
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Last edited by sassafras; 04-24-2010 at 01:48 AM.
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