ITunes says I'm running out of disk space but I have plenty

I'm running iTunes 5.0.1.4 and save my ripped files to a 80 Gig Maxtor external hard drive. When I do a directory of that external hard drive, I see 40+ Gig free.
(I have about 700 albums which totals about 700 * 50 Meg per album ~ 35 Gig). However when I rip my CDs, iTunes is complaining that I'm running out of disk space.
Any ideas what's going on?
Thanks,
Ted

What's the exact message?
Do you always have your ExHD turned on before you fire up iTunes? Cuz if not, it defaults back to C: drive and maybe that is the drive low on room.

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