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    Hello,

    Wasn't sure if this is a video problem, but I am trying to store some dvd's as .ISO files on my flash drive.

    I have a 128gb usb 3.0 flash drive that's got 54gb Used Space and 64gb Free Space. I've dragged a few files that are a little over 4gb and I get a message that says "the file is too large for the destination file system"...as if there's not enough room on the drive for those size files. I was able to drag a bunch of 3gb files with no problem. Anyone know of any reason why a 4 gig would cause any trouble vs anything >4gig? It shouldn't matter how big the size is as long as it's less than 64 gig correct?

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    Your flash drive is formatted at fat32 which has a 4 gb limitation,it needs to be formatted to ntfs to overcome that limitation.
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    It shouldn't matter how big the size is as long as it's less than 64 gig correct?
    Incorrect!!

    Format the drive to NTFS instead of FAT32.

    Only NTFS can support single files larger than 4gb.
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    Wrong-exFAT can also store >4GB files if you are on Win7 or newer.
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    Ya my flash drive is set up as FAT32. I do have Windows 7 64 bit.

    Are you saying if I have to reformat to NTFS, I'll lose all of the files currently on there?
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    Originally Posted by clashradio View Post
    Ya my flash drive is set up as FAT32. I do have Windows 7 64 bit.

    Are you saying if I have to reformat to NTFS, I'll lose all of the files currently on there?
    What is the issue?

    Just copy the files onto a hard drive, reformat the drive and then copy it back.
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    Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    Wrong-exFAT can also store >4GB files if you are on Win7 or newer.
    Oh for F*CKs sake!!!!!!!!

    Let me count the ways!!!!!!!

    Hopefully it is not for watching videos on a standalone player as none of my Blu-ray players will recognize exFAT formatted drives.
    But it is such a common standard!!!
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    Actually in some cases exFAT is not a bad choice at all!
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    Originally Posted by newpball View Post
    Originally Posted by clashradio View Post
    Ya my flash drive is set up as FAT32. I do have Windows 7 64 bit.

    Are you saying if I have to reformat to NTFS, I'll lose all of the files currently on there?
    What is the issue?

    Just copy the files onto a hard drive, reformat the drive and then copy it back.
    Lol, ya ya I was afraid I'd have to do that. Ok. Thanks, that's what I'll do.

    Thanks for the reply's everyone
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    I know there is a way to convert/format hard drives from fat32 to NTFS without losing anything on the hard drive but I have never tried with a USB thumb drive before so I don't know if it would work but it might......
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    Originally Posted by Noahtuck View Post
    I know there is a way to convert/format hard drives from fat32 to NTFS without losing anything on the hard drive but I have never tried with a USB thumb drive before so I don't know if it would work but it might......
    I would not take any risk, copying 50 something GB over USB 3.0 should not take very long and if you want to be super careful you can do a copy with verification.
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    I didn't say to do it blind!!!
    I have done it may times on internal hard drives so I know it works and there is an old as hell thread somewhere here where I posted how to do it with photos and I am sure you could google it and find it also.

    But I would imagine it would work for anything external also, but I would back everything up first before trying it just to make sure.

    It has been a long time since I have done it as I have always formatted everything to NTFS for many years now.
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    Just an aside.......I knew you could do the reverse Macrorit NTFS To FAT32 Converter - portable but didn't know one could do a FAT32 to NTFS. Interesting. I'm about to convert as NTFS drive to FAT32 for my A/V receiver with all my CD's on it.
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    It's probably obvious, but...

    Before you do, netmask, back up to a separate NTFS partition and double-check that none of the files being migrated are >4GB.

    Scott

    IIRC, non-destructive FAT32->NTFS migration has been around (and built into the OS) since ~Win2k.
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  15. Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    Wrong-exFAT can also store >4GB files if you are on Win7 or newer.
    ext3 also and many other filesystems too...
    http://www.ext2fsd.com/

    I assume that market penetration is higher for ext3 than for ex-FAT (as around 75% mmedia devices use as embedded OS Linux)
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    Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    Wrong-exFAT can also store >4GB files if you are on Win7 or newer.
    Wrong --- exFAT is exFAT, even on Windows XP
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    Originally Posted by Cornucopia View Post
    It's probably obvious, but...

    Before you do, netmask, back up to a separate NTFS partition and double-check that none of the files being migrated are >4GB.

    Scott

    IIRC, non-destructive FAT32->NTFS migration has been around (and built into the OS) since ~Win2k.
    Thanks for that info - just has never been on my radar. I actually have 2 backups! The thought of feeding all those CD's into my PC sent shudders through me as I did it. One backup plus scans of all my family important documents and photos are nicely sitting in my best friends safe.... never have enough backups....
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    Originally Posted by El Heggunte View Post
    Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    Wrong-exFAT can also store >4GB files if you are on Win7 or newer.
    Wrong --- exFAT is exFAT, even on Windows XP
    Well, the OP did say that they are on Win 7, so your XP point is mis-placed. Windows to my knowledge does not natively support exFAT anyway.
    Furthermore the OP did not state what he was using it for-and the vast majority of the use would likely be on a Windows machine so the other posters comment about linux is a big fail since NO Windows version supports linux native filesystems and never will, so that is not a really viable option for the OP. Regardless, the Windows, OSX, and Linux devices I use are all able to read/write exFAT which DOES allow 4GB file sizes so it is a working cross system filesystem.
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  19. Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    other posters comment about linux is a big fail since NO Windows version supports linux native filesystems and never will, so that is not a really viable option for the OP. Regardless, the Windows, OSX, and Linux devices I use are all able to read/write exFAT which DOES allow 4GB file sizes so it is a working cross system filesystem.
    Linux file support is easily available for Windows and it cost null - no money - so it is purely user choice.
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    Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    Originally Posted by El Heggunte View Post
    Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post
    Wrong-exFAT can also store >4GB files if you are on Win7 or newer.
    Wrong --- exFAT is exFAT, even on Windows XP
    Well, the OP did say that they are on Win 7, so your XP point is mis-placed. Windows to my knowledge does not natively support exFAT anyway.
    Then your remark about "Windows 7 or higher" is redundant and unnecessary
    Also, you'd better improve the contents of your knowledgebase:

    { http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT }

    AND/OR your text interpretation skills as well

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