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Transfer of 4.20 GB Video to 8 GB and 16 GB Flash Drive Fails


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#1 reilly1

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:03 PM

Hello---

 

I have a 4.20 GB movie that is housed on my desktop, which I want to transfer to a flash drive.

 

I have tried to do this twice-- once to an 8 GB flash drive and the second time to a 16 GB flash drive.  Both times I have received the same error message:

 

"The file IMG_2656.MOV is too large for the destination file system."

 

There is nothing else on each of these flash drives so I am unsure why this occurring.  How do I fix the problem so that the movie can be copied onto the flash drive or is there another way to provide a copy of the video?

 

Thanks in advance for the assistance....



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:14 PM

If the drives are formatted FAT32 it will be impossible to copy a 4.2GB file. The maximum file size for FAT32 is 4GB. You need to format the flash drives as NTFS. I would copy any data on these drives to your hard drive then format them NTFS.

 

Note: There is a method to convert from FAT32 to NTFS but you should also backup your data before attempting the conversion as things can go wrong and you would lose any data on the flash drives. I can provide this method if you wish. But it is preferable to do a fresh format.


Edited by JohnC_21, 27 March 2017 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:19 PM

Thanks JohnC.

 

One followup question--- when formatting to NTFS, what size should I select?  32 kilobytes or something else?



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:26 PM

I am not sure I understand. Are you referring to cluster size? For your flash drives the cluster size should be 4KB.

 

To make is easier I would first back up any data on the flash drive. Download and install Partition Wizard. Delete the existing partition and then create a primary NTFS partiton using the defaults Partition Wizard provides.

 

Note: All steps are virtual using Partition Wizard and will not complete until Apply is clicked.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:35 PM

Sorry for the confusion.  What I mean is this:  if I reformat the Flash drive this is what I see:

 

Capacity: 8 GB

File System: Default FAT 32; I am planning to change this to NTFS

Allocation unit size: the options are as follows:

 - Default Size

 - 512 bytes

 - 1024 bytes

 - 2048 bytes

 - 4096 bytes

 - 16 kilobytes

 - 32 kilobytes

 - 64 kilobytes

 

So I was thinking that I would select 32 kilobytes.  Does this sound correct?



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:54 PM

Use 4096 bytes. That is default for NTFS and your flash drive capacity.

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/140365/default-cluster-size-for-ntfs,-fat,-and-exfat


Edited by JohnC_21, 27 March 2017 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:23 PM

This information was so valuable, thank you!

 

It worked like a charm.  Really appreciate the assistance and helped me learned something new along the way too!



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 04:11 PM

Your Welcome, and thanks for taking the time to post an update.






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