File too large!!!

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MattGillman

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Hi,

Ive got a file that is approximately 7.42GB that i want to copy for one computer to another, i plugged in my protable HD and tried copying across and it says "File Too Large"

I have over 100GB of space on the HD so why would it say its too big? It doesnt mean its too big to transfer via USB does it?

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Matt
 
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If your external hard drive is formatted as FAT32 the largest file you can transfer with FAT32 is 4GB.
 

MattGillman

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Haha....brilliant! Thanks though i didnt know that.

I have two 4GB memory sticks, is it possible to copy half of the file to one and the other half to another?
 
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You can use 7-Zip, WinRar, or WinZip to create an archive, and choose to split the file into pieces no larger than 4 GB.
 

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Josiah
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You could try compressing the file. I would suggest using the program 7-Zip. It can shrink the file-with a bit of luck it might shrink into a smaller space which may be smaller than 4 GB.
If not it also has the capacity to split the files that you're archiving into separate files by entering the maximum size into the entry "split to volumes, bytes". You can then put each file onto a different disk, but will need enough space (and 7-zip) on the destination computer.

To extract the file from the sections of the archive: first move them all to one folder on the new computer. Select all the sections, right click on one of them, go to 7Zip, and click extract files. Follow through the dialogue.
 
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