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i just got the godfather it's almost 8 gigs and it wont allow me to transfer it off my my hard drive to my external. it says "the file is too large for the destination file system" what does that mean i have tons o space on my external so what do i need to do and y is it doing this?
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FAT32 instead of NTFS? That's just a guess, though.
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post #3 of 13
It means your external drive is formatted with fat32 which does not allow for any files bigger than 4GB.
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Originally Posted by wesleturgez View Post
i just got the godfather it's almost 8 gigs and it wont allow me to transfer it off my my hard drive to my external. it says "the file is too large for the destination file system" what does that mean i have tons o space on my external so what do i need to do and y is it doing this?
What kind of external drive? If it's formatted in FAT32 i'm pretty sure you can't transfer files over 2 or 4GB in size.

(Most flash drives are formatted in FAT32 for quick removal but since you say 'external' as in external drive, i'm unsure what you actually have)
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post #5 of 13
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FAT32 instead of NTFS? That's just a guess, though.
You nailed it. FAT32 is limited to file sizes 4gb and UNDER. It sucks.
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Yeah, you should backup whatever you may need from your external hard drive and reformat it. Should fix things.
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post #7 of 13
You may be able to put NTFS on it...

> Make sure you back your data up,
> My Computer,
> Right click the drive in question then Format,
> Select NTFS under file system.
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by tht-kid View Post
You may be able to put NTFS on it...

> Make sure you back your data up,
> My Computer,
> Right click the drive in question then Format,
> Select NTFS under file system.
Yup what he said. I had to also format my WD Passport External HD. I tried a huge file and had the same error. After formatting to NTFS worked like a charm.
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it is fat 32... damn that sucks! i got nearly 350 gigs of stuff, mostly music movies and pics on that external, and no where to put it for a reformat. well i'm sure ill foigure that part out, but how do i reformat and is ntfs the best way to go?
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post #10 of 13
Yes, NTFS is the best way to go. An above poster gave steps on how to do it (tht-kid), so follow those and you should be good.

If you don't have another drive to hold the files for now, that may be an issue... unless you buy a ton of DVDs, but that'd be a waste for temporary storage, lol.
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