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rjf
09-27-2009, 6:43 PM
I can't copy a 4gb .iso file to a 32gb flash drive. Is it because the drive is fat32 and not ntfs?

spsellars
09-27-2009, 6:47 PM
I can't copy a 4gb .iso file to a 32gb flash drive. Is it because the drive is fat32 and not ntfs?

Probably. FAT32 maximum file size is 1 byte shy of 4GB.

gregorylucas
09-27-2009, 6:54 PM
I can't copy a 4gb .iso file to a 32gb flash drive. Is it because the drive is fat32 and not ntfs?

I would reformat the USB drive to NTFS if I could. It's only really an issue if you need to use the drive on legacy filesystems.

Greg

patman
09-27-2009, 9:05 PM
If you need to access the file as a whole from the flash drive then NTFS is easy choice. If it's just to use as a transfer medium (I don't trust them for backup - seen too many get static fried or just plain break), then you might try a file splitter.

My favorite is 7-zip (http://www.7-zip.org/) but I've heard HJsplit works too. (http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/#win32)

Between built-in Vista and 7-zip, compressing and un-compressing files is not big deal.

YMMV.

50CalAL
09-28-2009, 4:56 AM
If you need to keep it FAT32 for compatibility just use WinRAR or SimplyRAR (Mac) to compress and and split the files into 50 or 100MB segments.

rjf
09-28-2009, 2:01 PM
thanks for the replies. I attempted to reformat the drive on xp but the option for ntfs was not available.

spitter3
09-28-2009, 5:23 PM
you have to reset the cards policies, fat32 is for removing the card quickly, if you reset to perfomance you will be able to format in ntfs.

rjf
09-28-2009, 5:43 PM
So if the card is ntfs, I will need to stop the card before removal?

spitter3
09-28-2009, 5:49 PM
Yes, you will have stop the card to remove it.

rjf
09-28-2009, 7:12 PM
Great! Thanks for the info. I will reformat to ntfs.