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I have a 250 Gig WD hard drive originally hooked up to Mac OSX 10.5.6.  I put files on it and then a co-worker looks at those files on a PC. Now, she's given the drive back to me to add more files. These are mov. files and some are larger than 4 gigs. The WD won't take them. Error 0 (It does take the smaller ones). When I check the drive for info is says that the format is MS-DOS FAT32. Is that the problem? Does it change when she looks at it on her PC? How can I change the format back to MAC? Or will that drive just not take larger files?

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Greetings.

files bigger than 4 gigs cannot be save on fat32 drives. NTFS file system is capable of saving files bigger than 4 gigs.

The MAC - to PC did nothing to change it. It did not change while she look it at her pc.

If u want to be able to copy files bigger than 4 gigs to your drive, change the format to ntfs.


  • It is easy to convert partitions to NTFS. The Setup program makes conversion easy, whether your partitions used FAT, FAT32, or the older version of NTFS. This kind of conversion keeps your files intact (unlike formatting a partition). If you do not need to keep your files intact and you have a FAT or FAT32 partition, it is recommended that you format the partition with NTFS rather than convert from FAT or FAT32. Formatting a partition erases all data on the partition and allows you to start with a clean drive. Whether a partition is formatted with NTFS or converted using the convert command, NTFS is the better choice of file system. For more information about Convert.exe, after completing Setup, click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER. In the command window, type help convert and then press ENTER.
Link to steps and other info

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456984.aspx

Hope that helps.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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