Cannot move >5GB file to external - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-28-2008, 01:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
Content Team
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 66
Default Cannot move >5GB file to external

Hi all

i hope i'm putting this in the right thread, but yea so i bought a western digital 640 external harddrive. I moved all my files there and it was fine, but i cant seem to move two of my files that are bigger than 5GB. it says the external does not have enough space.

Can anyone help me?

Thanks

Btw: if this helps File System is FAT32
__________________

r3n3r4d3 is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 01:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
aaronkupen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,848
Send a message via AIM to aaronkupen Send a message via Yahoo to aaronkupen
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

Well if it doesn't have enough space than that is your problem.

Most likely it's due to the fact that FAT32 doesn't support files of that size.
__________________

__________________
Desktop - Antec Sonata III
Intel Core i3 540
4 GB DDR3-1600 memory
ATI Radeon HD 5670
Windows Vista Business x64
aaronkupen is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 03:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
Private Joker
 
carnageX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,515
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

Quote:
Originally Posted by r3n3r4d3 View Post
Hi all

Btw: if this helps File System is FAT32
That would be your problem there. You can't move files larger than 2GB I believe, onto a FAT32 file system. Has to be NTFS.
__________________
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 09:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
Content Team
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 66
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

what can i do to fix this problem?
r3n3r4d3 is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 10:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Hefemeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Sweden
Posts: 9,093
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

Reformat the external as ntfs. Keeping in mind this will erase everything currently on the drive. Then copy everything over again.
__________________
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 :: INTEL i7 920 @3.4 :: XFX GTX260 :: 6gb Corsair 1600 :: Corsair 750TX :: TRUE 120 :: Samsung T240 24" :: Windows 7 X64

I do not accept support questions via PM

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Hefemeister is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 01:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
patonb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In Gov't Regulated Cubical
Posts: 9,745
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

Or, partion it and only reformat the new partion, but it'll depend on the fullness.
__________________
Foldie = i5 6600kMSI Z170A M5 EVGA 970 SC Corsair H100 Corsair hx520 2x8gb GSkill Corsair 650D
Woohoo = L5639 @3.1Ghz EVGA SR-2 gtx 260-216 Hyper 212+ Corsair 1050hx 6x2gb Corsair XMS3 Blackhawk Ulra
Alienware 18 - SLI 770M 4700mq 16Gig

patonb is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 03:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
Content Team
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 66
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

when i reformat its either NTFS or ExFAT which one should i choose? and wahts the allocation size?

Btw, i'm using it as storage and i've used 300gb of it already, hope this helps to choose allocation unit size

Thanks alot in advance
r3n3r4d3 is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 03:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
gurusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 6,562
Send a message via MSN to gurusan
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

you realize that when you reformat you lose everything on the drive, right?
__________________
|| 2500K @ 5GHz 1 thread, 4.8 2 threads, 4.6 3, 4.5 4 1.284V ||
|| P8P67-M Pro || 8GB @ 2133MHz ||
|| 5850 @ 1000/1225 || XFX 650W || Silverstone FT03B ||
|| 37" LCD TV || CM Hyper 212+ || Samsung 2.1 Soundbar ||
gurusan is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 03:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
Content Team
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 66
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

yea i know i copied everything back to my desktop already cause the point i'm doing this is to reformat my computer since it so slow, so right now i gotta deal with the external first

Now, should i choose NTFS or ExFAT? and what allocation unit size?

Thanks!
r3n3r4d3 is offline  
Old 12-28-2008, 04:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
gurusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 6,562
Send a message via MSN to gurusan
Default Re: Cannot move >5GB file to external

NTFS, and just choose the default size. 4096 i believe
__________________

__________________
|| 2500K @ 5GHz 1 thread, 4.8 2 threads, 4.6 3, 4.5 4 1.284V ||
|| P8P67-M Pro || 8GB @ 2133MHz ||
|| 5850 @ 1000/1225 || XFX 650W || Silverstone FT03B ||
|| 37" LCD TV || CM Hyper 212+ || Samsung 2.1 Soundbar ||
gurusan is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing Ubuntu. 95BlackGA Linux and Open Source 1 10-16-2008 09:44 PM
A sneaky, and annoying virus donaldj HijackThis Logs (finished) 25 06-16-2008 08:58 PM
Possible Corrupted/Infected Files. xXxexpertxXx Viruses, Spyware and Malware 11 03-12-2008 01:18 AM
WTF is a Bad Block? MikesCreation Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 18 02-24-2008 09:31 PM
Another Hijack Log boo HijackThis Logs (finished) 17 06-26-2007 12:30 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.