I'm trying to copy a 6.9GB .avi file from my internal hard drive to my USB ext HD but I get an error message saying that it exceeds the 4GB allowed. Why can a file bigger than 4GB be stored on the int HD but not on the ext HD? Is there anything I can do to get over this problem? Thanks
Thank you all for your suggestions. I've read the MS Help and Support page and it seems relatively straightforward to convert to NTFS. I don't understand why the hard drive was sold with a default FAT32 format when it has this 4GB file size limitation. Why not use NTFS straight away? Are there any drawbacks to NTFS for ordinary use i.e. storing videos, photos and documents?
I think they use FAT32 so it's compatible with older OS and Apple systems.
The only drawback I can think of with NTFS is that you must use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option each time you disconnect while Windows is running. It can cause problems if you don't. After saying that FAT32 might also have the same problem but I never use FAT32 so can't be sure.
You do not have to use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option on disconnecting unless windows is still writing to the drive when to not use the option would mean losing unsaved data. Once the data has been writen to the drive you can unplug it whenever you like without damage due to not using the option.
as I have seen drives corrupted by being removed without. I have also known many occasions when permission has been denied although it it not obvious that the drive is in use. I prefer to be safe that sorry.