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Can't copy 5 gig file to Seagate external hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SuedeTumor, Jul 21, 2007.

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  1. SuedeTumor

    SuedeTumor Thread Starter

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    When I try to copy a 5 gig (avi) file to my Seagate hard drive it says there is not enough room. There is at least 65 gigs free. I have tried defragging the drive but it still won't let me do it. I copied a 2 gig file with no problem. Any ideas?
     
  2. awoolf

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    My best guess would be that your external drive is formatted as FAT32 (for compatibility with older OSs)

    FAT32's maximum file size is ~4GB.

    NTFS does not have this limitation, but you would not be able to use the drive on older OSs. (98, ME, etc)

    A quick google search turned up this comparison:
    http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

    A. Woolf
     
  3. SuedeTumor

    SuedeTumor Thread Starter

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    You are correct. Is there any way to change the formatting to NTFS? I'm using Windows XP.
     
  4. SuedeTumor

    SuedeTumor Thread Starter

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    I was able to format it with NTFS and now it is working fine. Thanks.
     
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    You can mark your own threads solved using the thread tools at the top of the page in the upper right corner.© :)
     
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