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Is there any way to add video files larger than 4 gigs? Do I have to buy another hard drive?

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You should upgrade your file system from FAT to NTFS.  Then you should be able to copy files larger than 4gb.  Please refer to link below.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456984.aspx

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