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File transfer size limitation for LACIE HD

Files bigger than about 4GB cannot be transfered to my LACIE 300GB HD.
It says there is not enough free space in the drive which still have some 200GB left. Is there way to work around this threshold thing? Thanks a lot!

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Re: File transfer size limitation for LACIE HD


can i suggest that you use winrar to divide the file size of your file that you want to transfer to your lacie. this might work.

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but if you LACIE still says that it does not have any disk space left...i would suggest that you reformat the HD instead. but make that a last resort...

hope this helps

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