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    Spurgu is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Default External HD 'problem'

    HAY JYUU/VOL.

    I got a 500 GB lacie as a present and whenever I try to move a big game iso in it (about 6 GB) it complains that "there is not enough room" (or something similiar, don't remember it exactly since I'm not home and won't be for few days and no, I barely filled it with 50 GB so far so there is plenty room left).

    it doesn't complain with less than 1 GB files (actually I haven't tried 1 GB or bigger files besides that 6 GB, simply because I don't have any, lol).

    Other than that, it works well and is quiet.

    Oh and changing it into an internal HD is not an option, don't have any sata slots left.

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    Use NTFS instead of FAT 32, or split your file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shautieh View Post
    Use NTFS instead of FAT 32, or split your file.
    Don't make me make a thread "HEY WHATS A NTFS/FAT 32".

    Spliting? but mommy I don't wana :< (maeb I wil when I get home)

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Al...on_Table#FAT32
    the max file size of FAT 32 partitions is 4GB, so if you want to have files larger than this you need a less archaic file system => NTFS (if you use windows XP or later). Here is a short article about how to convert from FAT32 to NTFS : http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php (thanks google..)

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    Yes ofcourse.. google.. I knew that.. >___>

    thanks shautieh. :P

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    External HD like Shautieh said, come from factory with FAT32 for compability.
    So all you need to do, is reformat with NTFS (or convert, but I wouldn't take this route.)

    Just a reminder, if you do format/convert to NTFS, you will lose the ability for that hard drive to be read on MAC,LINUX*,Windows ME or lower

    *Without a NTFS Kernel Driver.



    Now if you want to format (You will lose any data on the HD! backup it first)

    Plug the HD, right click on it from My computer.
    Select "Format"
    From this simplistic screen, look at the size check if is the correct one.
    File system: choose NTFS.
    Allocation: Don't touch.
    Volume Label: Name your HD as you please, or leave blank.
    Checkboxes: leave all unchecked.

    Start, sit back wait for it..
    "Chile is a thin and tall country"

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    I guess I could format.. though don't like the time it takes to make the backups. :d

    screw linux and mac, such fantasy things don't exists here in the north. <__<

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    as I said it can be converted painlessly, so why would you want to format it ? I guess it would be a better option if you had enough place elsewhere to put all you data on, and copy it back later, but it can quickly become a pain :P

    For the record, Linux can read/write on NTFS partitions so it won't be too bad when the penguins conquer the North anew !

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    converting, formating, dunno.. I don't really need to move that game ISO anywhere lol. and what, transferring 50GB of porn to another HD, convert/format the HD and then put them back? lal that takes tiiiiime, not worth the trouble. I was just curious about not being able to move the file, I have no need to move that ISO. :d

    Dunno about penguins.. they're not as tasty as chicken but maeb someday I get a chance to have it again.
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    Quick summary:
    -Convert the drive to NTFS from FAT32. You won't lose any data.
    -You don't need to format the drive.

    Little sidenote:
    Mac OSX by default can read NTFS partitions, but not write to it. To put that to perspectives, you can open files stored in NTFS partitions, but you can't save / copy files into it.

 

 
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