4GB limit while copying to the external drive
Posted on 2006-06-04
My friends wanted to copy movie files larger then 4 GB from their PC to the external LACIE 250 GB drive and they were coming with the error that there is not enough space. I tried to help it various ways with no luck. I only succeeded when in editing program I split the files into pieces smaller then 4GB. I also tried to burn those files to the data DVDs, but then I got the message: "The current File System does not support file sizes larger then 4 GB.
We tried two different LACIE drives, we got the same error. I use the same LACIE drive and was copying across larger files, never came across any problems.
I research a bit and now now that it could be to do with formatting (FAT32 and NTFS), but as I said I use those LACIE drives and I have never had to format them.
My friends' PC is very slow, so very possible there is a problem somewhere, but before we reinstall anything we want thos files copied across in whole pieces. Is it possible that it's just doesn't recognize the size of the LACIE drive?
My questions are:
1.) I know the BIOS might not recognise the correct size of the drive. How do I check what it sees and can I change it and of course witout affecting the PC performance?
2.) If it doesn't help and I need to try to format the drive - are we talking here about formating the drive I copy TO (the LACIE) or the drive I copy FROM (I don't really want to do this, as they have their all work there and don't want to loose anything).