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#1 rp88

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 09:04 AM

in a couple of days time i'm going to need to write some HUGE (5 or 6 Gb each) files to a usb drive. it's a san disk cruzer edge i can't remember which file system it uses. will it need some kind of formatting to accept such huge files, i heard something about certain drive types not being able to cope with individual files above 4Gb. if it does can someone just quickly explain what to do? will this formatting affect others drives i plug into my usb port in future?

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 09:22 AM

 Most flash drives are formatted FAT32, and I believe 4 GB is the largest file size you can have with that.  I've never formatted a flash drive but formatting them NTFS should get you around that limit.  I'd start by formatting a relatively inexpensive flash drive to be sure it'll work.  You can get 8 GB ones for $5 and 16 GB ones for around $12.

 

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 10:44 AM

Maximum file size with FAT32 is 4GB. To get around that problem, simply format it using NTFS instead.

 

PS - Doing this will not affect any other drives you plug into your usb port in future.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:51 AM

thanks. the format to ntfs method works. i have managed to write those huge files successfully to usb.


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