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Splitting a file

I have a file with size 8,903,354,174 bytes and I am trying to copy it to a Western Digital external hard disk (which has 290,405,056,512 free bytes). When I try to do it, I get a message of insufficient disk space. The environment is Windows XT. Is there a way to split the file into several subfiles?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
is the file compressed?
how much free space do you have on the disk where the file is on?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
The problem may be that the disk is formatted with FAT which has a max size of 4Gb or there abouts - uou can use the convert utility to convert it to NTFS
eg

convert X: /fs:ntfs

Where X is the drive letter
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Your drive is probably formatted with FAT32 file system - maximum file size 4GB. If you can reformat it or convert it to NTFS you should have no problem.
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
if you really must split the file see http://www.spadixbd.com/freetools/jsplit.htm
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
@ KCTS
Sorry, too slow on the trigger.
:o(
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PUNKYCommented:
You can use winrar to split and compress the file into smaller pieces, then transfer again.

Are you trying to move larger 4 gig file in FAT32 format? If so, you can not. There is limit with FAT. Convert to NTFS, then you can.
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PUNKYCommented:
Ooop! I am slowest typing :o)
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cpottercpotterCommented:
The the external hard drive formatted in FAT or NTFS. My guess is FAT which only supports files up to 2GB. If this is in fact the case you would need to copy all important data to a temporary location (such as another external) and then format the drive to NTFS. You can then copy all of your data back including files over 2GB.
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hcarvajalAuthor Commented:
When typing CONVERT F: /FS:NTFS sends the message:
Access Denied as you do not have sufficient pivileges.
You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode.

Thanks
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
you need to be logged on as an administrator
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
A note about Convert ==> the convert command works well IF the current partition is properly aligned on a 4k boundary;  but if not it will use a less-efficient 512 byte cluster size.   In addition, the resulting conversion sometimes has difficulties with files > 4GB ... even though this is not supposed to be an issue with NTFS volumes.

If you can save the current contents of the external drive to another location, the best way to ensure it's correctly formatted is to do the following:

(1)  Save the current contents of the drive

(2)  Go to Windows Disk Management [right-click on My Computer; select Manage; click on Disk Management

(3)  Be SURE you choose the correct drive here => right-click on the current partition on the external drive and Delete the partition

(4)  Now the drive will show all unallocated space.   Right-click again and Create a partition => you want it to be a primary partition (the default) and to use all of the space (again the default).   When you complext the "Create partition" wizard it will format the drive (this will take a while ... probably close to an hour for a drive that large) ... and then it will work just fine :-)
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