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Unable to copy a vm from local hard disk to external usb hard drive.  Error...Disk Full...

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I am trying to copy a VM from the system local disk to an external hard drive.  The size of the file is 91.2 gigs.  The external drive has over 650 Gig of available space.  Does anyone know why I can not copy this one file?

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Make sure the usb hard drive is formated with ntfs, normally they're formatted FAT32 from factory which has a limit of 4GB per file

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USB drives are usually formated with FAT32.  

FAT32 has a 4GB single file size limit. Your virtual disk files of 91GB exceeds that limit.

Solution is to format the external USB drive with NTFS.  NTFS files can be as large as the NTFS volume up to 2TB  

Possible alternative if you must use FAT32 is to use vmware converter or a tool like winrar to split the file into 2GB parts.


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Richard
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Thank you very much.
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