flash drive max file size

i have 16GB usb flash drive.
what's the max file size i can put here?
it's formatted fat32.
Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAsked:
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mycarefreepcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, 7-Zip can split it up.  Go to File -> Split.  I believe you can even do this on UNCOMPRESSED files!
But, you can use NTFS on your flash drive by right-clicking the drive in My Computer, Click Format, Make sure the File System is set to NTFS, click Quick Format, and click Start.
Here's the deal though, NTFS for me has been a bit slower on transfers of these types of files but at least you don't have to worry about splitting the file.
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Brian Drain
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jbristleConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Unless youe flash drive has some quirks, with fat32 you should be able to support a file just short of 4gb.
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mycarefreepcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Fat32 has a limitation of 4gb.  Any file > 4gb will not work.  If you need to go over 4gb, you'll have to format it as NTFS. :)
 
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Brian Drain
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mycarefreepcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Quote jbristle: "Unless youe flash drive has some quirks"
Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the flash drive, everything to do with the filesystem type (Fat32 vs NTFS vs etc..)
 
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Brian Drain
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jbristleConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In a perfect world, that may be correct, but I have run across several extremely cheap flash/thumb drives that do not properly support UMS or MSC standards.
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mycarefreepcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
That's very curious since it's a file system issue, not hardware related.  Even if the drive doesn't conform to standards, the file system could care less, it's mathematically impossible.
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Brian Drain
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Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAuthor Commented:
thank you.
is there a way to save bigger than 4gb file?
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Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAuthor Commented:
do you think 7-zip can split file into 4gb split file?
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mycarefreepcCommented:
**Keep in mind if your format the drive, you will lost everything that is on the drive so make sure you back it up.
 
(this may be obvious but it's better safe than sorry...)
 
I've also confirmed that 7-Zip will split files, and they don't have to be zip files.  You can even right click on the file and say split, then you can split it in a couple different options (floppy, cd, dvd (over 4gb though) ... ).  I'm glad you mentioned this feature because I can use it myself.
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Brian Drain
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