8 gig pen drive will not accept a 5 gig file

  jmckba 13:49 25 Oct 2008

I bought a new 8 gig transcend pen drive recently and when I tried to transfer a 5 gig file onto it I got a disk full error message. Is this a FAT32 to NTFS file transfer restriction with single large files? It allows a group of files totalling 5 gig or more to be transferred.

  Peter 13:58 25 Oct 2008


I think this is a FAT32 limitation. I believe that the maximum single file size limit under FAT32 is one byte less than 4GB. I understand that NTFS removes this limit, but I'm not sure if there are any adverse effects of formatting your USB flash drive to NTFS.


  audeal 14:46 25 Oct 2008

All my Pen drives are formatted to NTFS with no problems.

A friend had this same problem on Tuesday when we could not get a smaller file to copy onto his 4gb Pendrive. It was formatted Fat32, so I formatted it to NTFS, but we still could not get it to copy the file. In the end we had to split the files up and put them onto different drives.

  jmckba 19:07 26 Oct 2008

I formatted my 8 gig pen drive to NTFS and it now accepts single files of 5, 6, or 7 gigabytes.
Thanks for all the responses.

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