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Which format fat32 or ntfs make sure its fat32 Indeed, FAT32 only supports files up to 4 GB. I ran into the same problem when copying an ~4.5 GB file to an 8 GB flash drive. There is a quicker solution that doesn't require you to reformat or lose data on the drive, using the command-line "convert" command. Suppose the flash drive is mounted to g:\. Open up a command window (start menu -> run -> cmd), and type: convert G: /FS:NTFS. Personally, I don't need the "security descriptors" on the flash drive file system, so I use the variant: convert G: /FS:NTFS /NoSecurity. The conversion should be very quick, and of course it has the benefit of not needing to move any files off the flash drive (since you don't need to reformat it). Hope this helps.
You can increase
the performance of your computer using NTFS (New Technology File System)
hard drive volume with windows XP, because this advance file system
provides some extra features, for example security, reliability, file
encryption and Compression features. But if you are
still using old file systems like FAT or FAT32, you can covert it
into NTFS with a simple command. The interesting thing is that you
can convert your hard drive volumes file system without losing data
on the drive.Follow the giving
steps to convert FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS:
First go to
Start button then click on Run option.
Now type here
“CMD” and press Ok to open command prompt.
At the command
prompt type convert
drive letter name: /fs:ntfs
For example if you want to convert drive E to
NTFS then the command will be “convert e: /fs:ntfs”.
Now restart your computer and enjoy NTFS features, but keep in mind
you cannot covert back it to FAT or FAT32 again.
HI you mean NTFS if YES, then there is step for xp or win 7
1. click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
2.In the command prompt window, type: convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs
which format fat32 or ntfs
make sure its fat32
Indeed, FAT32 only supports files up to 4 GB. I ran into the same problem when copying an ~4.5 GB file to an 8 GB flash drive.
There is a quicker solution that doesn't require you to reformat or lose data on the drive, using the command-line "convert" command. Suppose the flash drive is mounted to g:\. Open up a command window (start menu -> run -> cmd), and type:
convert G: /FS:NTFS.
Personally, I don't need the "security descriptors" on the flash drive file system, so I use the variant:
convert G: /FS:NTFS /NoSecurity.
The conversion should be very quick, and of course it has the benefit of not needing to move any files off the flash drive (since you don't need to reformat it).
A disk may be formatted using different file systems. The ones used by Windows PCs are FAT32 (an extension of the old MS-DOS FAT) and the newer NTFS.
If the drive is formatted as FAT32, the maximum file size is 4.294 million bytes (some systems report this as 4.294 GB; it is actually 4 GB minus one byte).
If this is the case (Start -> Run Command -> DISKMGMT.MSC and look for your external drive, it will say something like 489 GB NTFS or 489 GB FAT32), my suggestion is to back it up somewhere else and reformat it as NTFS. There also are utilities to convert FAT32 into NTFS, but if anything goes wrong during the conversion, you can say goodbye to all your data.
Note that you won't be able to access a NTFS formatted external drive except from Windows PCs (and most Linux, usually read only), while FAT32 disks are readable from Mac OS X too.
You can specify the format type on the option page for format before you press the format button when displaying the drives in "My Computer"
Additionally, you can CONVERT an existing FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS. Follow the steps below for Windows XP:
Click Start, point to All
Programs, point to Accessories, and then click
At the command prompt, type the following, where
drive letter is the drive that you want to convert:
convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs For example, type the following command to convert drive E to
convert e: /fs:ntfsNote
If the operating system is on the drive that you are converting, you
will be prompted to schedule the task when you restart the computer
because the conversion cannot be completed while the operating system
is running. When you are prompted, click YES.
When you receive the following message at the command
prompt, type the volume label of the drive that you are converting, and then
The type of the file system is FAT.
Enter the current volume label for drive drive
When the conversion to NTFS is complete, you receive the
following message at the command prompt:Conversion
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.
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.
Before you begin, note that the FAT32 file system has size limitations. In this version of Windows, you cannot create a FAT32 partition greater than 32 gigabytes (GB). In addition, you cannot store a file larger than 4 GB on a FAT32 partition. For more information, see Comparing NTFS and FAT file systems. Converting a hard disk partition or volume from NTFS to FAT32 requires that you reformat the partition, which will destroy any data on it. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.