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I have a 4.2GB OS on my MACbook (Windows 7 if you're wondering).

I took my thumb drive on a Windows Laptop and formatted it (FAT32). I then went to my MACBOOK to try to XFER the .iso to my thumbdrive.. it said it can't hold that much space (8GB thumbdrive). In another (old) thread, someone stated FAT32 thumb drives can only take 4.0 or 4.1GBs and my 4.2GB OS.iso is just a tad over the limit.

Any ideas? I just got Vista 32 bit on my sig rig, so I don't have to type on (my little brothers) MACBook any longer.

I have no more blank DVDs, and I don't even know how to burn as images. (edit for this part: I don't know how to do it on the MACBOOK)
Edited by xquisit - 10/23/11 at 4:25am
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format to ntfs and problem solved.
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format to ntfs and problem solved.
ooh, i'm going to try

+rep for giving me something to do

EDIT: I clicked quick format, do you suggest that?
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hi,

i had the same problem a while back with my FAT32 external HDD.

what i did was i went to control panel -> system and security -> underneath adminstrative tools there should be a title with a shield next to it called "create and format hard disk partitions" .

from there, if you have your thumb drive plugged in it should detect it and you can right click on it and format the drive. itll delete it and you can re format it into NTFS (which lets you copy and paste much larger then 4GB)

i did this with my 250GB external HDD

edit:

oops, didnt realize this was the Mac forums, i dont know if this'll work for you then =/
    
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hi,

i had the same problem a while back with my FAT32 external HDD.

what i did was i went to control panel -> system and security -> underneath adminstrative tools there should be a title with a shield next to it called "create and format hard disk partitions" .

from there, if you have your thumb drive plugged in it should detect it and you can right click on it and format the drive. itll delete it and you can re format it into NTFS (which lets you copy and paste much larger then 4GB)

i did this with my 250GB external HDD

edit:

oops, didnt realize this was the Mac forums, i dont know if this'll work for you then =/
+rep, great post (even tho not relevant to MACBOOK, still useful)
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It won't let me drag and drop it on my MACBOOK (even with the NTFs format)
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You are facing 2 problems.

With FAT32, you can only transfer files that are up to 2GB in size.
You can fix this as mentioned by formatting to NTFS. But here's the problem with NTFS on OSX. You can read but you cannot write onto NTFS. You can fix this by downloading and installing a program called NTFS-3G. Now you'll have a drive that'll work both on Windows and OSX without the 2GB restriction.
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Quote:
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You are facing 2 problems.

With FAT32, you can only transfer files that are up to 2GB in size.
You can fix this as mentioned by formatting to NTFS. But here's the problem with NTFS on OSX. You can read but you cannot write onto NTFS. You can fix this by downloading and installing a program called NTFS-3G. Now you'll have a drive that'll work both on Windows and OSX without the 2GB restriction.
+rep, for giving me something to try!


I'll try to find this NTFS-3G

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UPDATE: I put the file from my MACbook on to my computer, but obviously I still can't xfer - so I'll try what was recommended
Edited by xquisit - 10/23/11 at 4:22pm
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Since you have Windows 7, it is easier to format your external drive into "ExFAT" which is readable and writable to by both OS X and Windows, natively.
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