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Can Not Copy Video Files

I just bought a 500 GB Essential Edition My Book. I want to store video files to it by using the Windows Explorer but it says there is not enough room, even though the drive is empty. If I use DVD Shrink and save a DVD file it to, it splits it into files of about 1 GB size with a different extension. Is there anything I can do to just copy a file to it like any normal hard drive?

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Click Properties, and check formatting. I had one of those, and it was FAT32, so it will only except a a certain size of files. All you need to do is right click on it and select format. This could take a while.

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