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Iomega 500 gb hard drive: large file transfers

The hard drive does not want to copy any AVI files larger than about 4 gig, even though I've ensured that there's there's 103 gig open. Is there some kind of option to allow larger data transfers? The files copied to another (smaller)external hard drive would but not to the iomega.

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The default format for the IOMega drive is FAT32. This format will work on all versions of Windows, as well as Mac OS9 and above. Unfortunately, FAT32 can't handle files larger than 4gigs. If you want to use larger files, you're going to have to remove all the files from your IOMega drive and use your computer to format it to NTFS (Windows 2000/XP/Vista) or HFS+ (Mac OS9/X).

Consult your owner's manual for specific details.

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