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 Post subject: File too large to transfer?
New postPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 12:50 pm 

I was trying to move some recorded TV shows from my computer to my external hard drive when it told me that some of the files are too large to move. The 30 minute shows (~3 GB) can be moved around easily, but the 1 hour shows (~7 GB) are "too large". Why is Vista set up to limit that and is there any way around it?


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 Post subject: Re: File too large to transfer?
New postPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 3:00 pm 

I've searched and haven't come up with a solution yet, however, someone on a different forum mentioned something about the format of your storage. Is your computer hard drive NTFS? And if so, is the external hard drive also NTFS? If not you may want to convert them to that format.



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New postPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 4:07 pm 

Use one of these programs to transfer the files and let us know how it goes: http://mintywhite.com/tech/freeware/tra ... fast-copy/



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New postPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 5:38 am 

I tried TeraCopy, but it didn't work. It would transfer 3.99 GB and then a window would pop up saying that TeraCopy stopped working. I will have to try FastCopy tomorrow.

My computer hard drive is NTFS, but my external is FAT32. Should I change my external to NTFS? If so, how do I go about it (it is a Western Digital My Book)?


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 Post subject: Re: File too large to transfer?
New postPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:34 am 

Providing Vista will allow you to backup your data from your external, you can change the file format this way;
Open an elevated command prompt,
Type (without numbers)
1. diskpart
2. list disk (find the disk number for the removable media (BE VERY CAREFUL!))
3. select disk #
4. clean
5. create partition primary
6. select partition 1
7. active
8. format fs=ntfs quick (quick is optional)
9. assign
10. exit
11. exit



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 Post subject: Re: File too large to transfer?
New postPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 8:42 pm 

Your FAT32 is limited to 4GB max file size. This will do an in place conversion for you.

In the command prompt window, type: convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs (where 'drive_letter' is your FAT32 drive.)

Here's the full MS article - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/libr ... 56984.aspx

Works well and keeps your data ... but ... a backup before doing anything is always a good idea. ;)



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New postPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 12:15 am 

jpbrogan wrote:
Your FAT32 is limited to 4GB max file size. This will do an in place conversion for you.

I'm glad someone is awake around here :) Thanks



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New postPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 10:31 pm 

Thanks guys for your help. I used jpbrogan's method and I was able to convert it from FAT32 to NTFS and fairly easily. :D The only problem I had was that it had found some errors that needed to be fixed. I did that with the chkdsk command. I didn't loose any files on it and now I am able to transfer the larger files.


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New postPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:18 pm 

Just as an added tidbit .. found this little gem .. Microsoft released the exFAT file system driver for Windows XP on January 27, 2009.

Check it out here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704

Now are you ready for this .. The theoretical maximum file size is 64 ZB. (512TB recommender) :o

That's right ..64ZB .. 64Zettabytes .. That's 64 followed by 21 zeros. I'll be long gone before I could ever create a file that big. :lol:



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That's almost big enough to store my 12 Zettapixel images from my NEW and SHINY digital camera:

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