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Works fine except it won't store ISO files

The External Works Great except this.
I have some ISO files on my computer and when i try to copy (or cut) them from my Internal HD to my External, i get this following message:

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This applies to ALL ISO files. DVD Rips. Game Rips, or files that happened to be stored in an ISO.
it for some reason works for other image files like .uif but won't for ISO.
All other files copy over but this.
I talked to many people (computer nerds as people would call them) and they all had no clue why it would do this.
If anyone can help me that would be good. I can free up to 20+ GB by being able to move them over.

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  • Jeffrey Ashby Oct 09, 2008

    My Internal HD's are Formatted as NTFS, my External was Auto Formatted as FAT32. I was debating on if i should have reformatted it and made it NTFS, but i didn't and i now think i should.


  • Jeffrey Ashby Oct 09, 2008

    I just tried it with Another ISO from a PS Program and it did work. It was only 142MB. Now i need to find a way to move them over. I DON'T want to make them multiple parts cause then (knowing my luck) the ISO won't work correctly then.

  • unknown358 Nov 29, 2008

    hey i have also an extern hd of western digital. I can copy all files but no iso files. even when you put it in a rar or change the file name it won't copy it.


  • gsx1400 May 01, 2009

    actual using ntfs format doesnt work, my worldbook is ntfs and it wont copy .iso files across even on a gigabit network ...

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Well from what i have observed from the images is that you are using the FAT32 file system and FAT32 is designed in such a way that the maximum allowed file size (size of a single file) on a FAT32 based file system is at most 4 G and whenever u try to copy a file of size more than 4 G, you get a "Disk Full" error. This is pretty normal.
So, it would be better that the next time you think of re-installing windows, make sure you format the drive(s) using the NTFS file system so that you wont face the error again.

Workaround: You can split them up into parts of an archive of 100 MB size so that they can be copied onto the external drive without any problems. (use WinRAR)

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Extract the ISO file,put stuff into a normal folder and delete the old ISO image file. Copy and paste the bunch files you got from the ISO file, into your hard drive.I just did this and it worked.hope this helps.

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