Flash drive: individual file size limit?

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Old 10-29-15, 05:39 PM
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Flash drive: individual file size limit?

I've been trying to copy a 5GB movie onto an empty 32GB thumb drive but I keep getting a pop up telling me there's not enough space.
I've formatted the drive, changed the name and extension of the file, transferred the file to another pc (via a portable hard drive that IS big enough with over 300GB free)...nothing works.

I'm stumped why I can't put a 5GB file on a drive with over 30GB of free space.
 
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guy –

I think the problem is maybe the thumb drive is formatted with the FAT32 file system. That FAT32 system limits you to a file size of 4 GB (FAT32 system goes back a ways when files were much smaller). See if you can format the thumb drive to the NTFS (NT File System).

(exFAT file system would be good also, maybe a little better than NTFS, but I think either would work. )
 
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NTFS worked--thanks!
If I ever knew that I guess I forgot it!
 
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Sure thing guy. To me that is a confusing error message. You would think there would be a way to differentiate and tell the user the file is too big for the file system. But I guess if you get into the depths of the design maybe thatís an oversimplified view and it would be very difficult to do that. Who knows! lol
 
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This is for Vista, Win7, Win8* and Win10*:
1. Click on the Windows button or press the Windows key to open the Search box (for 8 and 10 there is a different procedure to get to the Search box. The very reason I use the command line!)
2. In the Search box type COMM and Command Prompt should appear at the top of the display box
3. Right click on Command Prompt
4. Click on Run as administrator
5. Click on Allow or enter administrator password if asked
6. In the Administrator Command Prompt box type fsutil fsinfo volumeinfo X: where X is a drive letter

You will get something like this:

Volume Name : Windows
Volume Serial Number : 0x7a05ec70
Max Component Length : 255
File System Name : NTFS
Supports Case-sensitive filenames
Preserves Case of filenames
Supports Unicode in filenames
Preserves & Enforces ACL's
Supports file-based Compression
Supports Disk Quotas
Supports Sparse files
Supports Reparse Points
Supports Object Identifiers
Supports Encrypted File System
Supports Named Streams
Supports Transactions
Supports Hard Links
Supports Extended Attributes
Supports Open By FileID
Supports USN Journal
 
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Old 10-31-15, 09:08 AM
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Yep! That works exactly like that on Windows 7.
 
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