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1: changing the format set up from ms-dos to MAC 2: There are certain files I cannot transfer across, even though they are smaller than most. The file types are indicated as DV PAL ( Little endian) same as others files, not sure why they wont go?

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  • froggit2 Jun 02, 2008

    still unable to transfer some files across!! its a mystery as I have transfered across similar files, with same codec and set ups?


    It seems every now and then it just will not perform operation, I did not quite understand the solution, as the system isnt using any files, and I dont know how to re-start the system in save mode
     Anyway, thanks for trying! Appreciate that

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The system may be using these files yu want to copy so i suggest yu restart yr system in save mode then try copying it again
thank uj

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