Help With External Hard Drive

  babybell 14:09 16 Nov 2010

I have an external Lacie HD with a 75GB capacity, of which 56GB are free.

I’m trying to back up my rugby video collection, of which there are 19 items totalling 15GB.

I started to copy the folder over in but an error message has just popped up saying:

File Too Large

The file ‘Kings Vs Ashley D’ is too large for the destination file system

Item Type: Windows Media Audio/Video File

Size 5.47GB

I have plenty of space, so what’s the problem?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:14 16 Nov 2010

our external drive is probably in FAT32 format

It therefore will not accept files larger than 4GB

If you are not using the external drive with Windows ME or earlier then convert the drive to NTFS

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  GaT7 14:16 16 Nov 2010

Don't forget to backup the external drive if necessary before converting it to NTFS. G

  babybell 14:20 16 Nov 2010

It is indeed FAT32, so that should be the answer.

thanks Fruitbat and Crossbow

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