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Cannot download file with a size of ~ 4GB

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I have set up a simple test using IIS.  I have placed a 4GB file on a machine running IIS 5.0.  From a client machine, I type in the URL to point to the file so that the browser will download it.  I get the Open or Save dialog box.  I click Save and then pick a directory to place the file.  However, the file never is downloaded to the client machine.  The dialog box goes away as soon as I click OK after I select an place to save the file.  I have plenty of room on the disk where my Temp directory is located on the client and the server.  I also have plenty of room on the client where I will be saving the file.  I have tried this in IE5, IE6 and Netscape 7.  Is there a file size limit for downloading?  Thanks.
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by:sunray_2003
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Check to see your client machine has got that much space in the drive where you are d/l

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by:CrazyOne
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IT depends on the OS I beleive Win98/ME won't tranfer files 4GB+
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by:sunray_2003
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possible reasons

You ISP might have download size limit


your network might have that limitation

try deleteing cache and check if that would solve

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by:CrazyOne
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Try a 3.5GB file and see if that will download.
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by:sunray_2003
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Check to see in your IIS if there is a time out..Since the file is going to take a lot of time during the download , there might be some timeout set so that the dialog box disappears

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by:pcarrollnf
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I don't believe it is IIS.  We tried this with tomcat and jetty web servers with the same results.  That leads us to believe it is either browser related or OS related.  We were able to download a 2GB file.  We are performing the test within our network.  Both the server and the client are Windows 2000 Server.
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by:CrazyOne
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Hmmm I am pretty sure Win2000 can handle 4GB+ if can see how close you can to a 4GB file before it doesn't work
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by:_nn_
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I would be curious to know if one of these tools would do better than IE or NS :
- Wget : http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/wget.htm
- cURL : http://curl.haxx.se/

Possibly, these tools will also give more information about what's happening.
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by:TGHI
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 If I am not mistaken, within the FAT32 file system, individual files cannot be over 4GB.  I am not sure why, but I found this out when I was encoding raw DVDs - if the output file was more than 4GB, then it would have to be split.


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by:CrazyOne
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Yeah correct FAT32 files size cannot exceed 4GB.
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Both the client and the server are NTFS file systems.
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by:TGHI
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Maybe NTFS can't either...beats me.  I prefer FAT32.

 
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