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No space error

When i attempt to copy a large 10 gb 1080p movie, i get the error that my disk is Full when i actually have over 700 gb space left - all other files are copied with ease - any solutions??

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This is due to the file transfer limitations bound by the file format FAT32 (no files larger than 4GB and no folders that contain more than 1000 files). Try formatting the drive to NTFS.

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I just buy mybook Live 2tb,i cannot to tranfer my Movie to WD
my movie is 8GB,how can solution it ?

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