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Windows 7: Copying Large Files

14 Oct 2014   #1
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Copying Large Files

Is there any way to copy a large file of 8 GB and above from one directory to another in an NTFS system?


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14 Oct 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

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Yes why not... what's the problem?
you are talking about copy ....not about move?
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14 Oct 2014   #3
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I haven't tried moving such a file. Yes, I'm talking about copying. It seems to be impossible even on an NTFS system like mine.
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14 Oct 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hemmati View Post
I haven't tried moving such a file. Yes, I'm talking about copying. It seems to be impossible even on an NTFS system like mine.
Any error message? Please explain exactly what happens
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14 Oct 2014   #5
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Sorry Kaktussoft! The error message was "The file is too large for the destination file system" but please pardon me! You're RIGHT! I just looked at my external disk, the destination directory, and noticed its system is FAT32. Now my problem should be how to change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS without losing the current data on the external HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be so grateful if you recommend the safest software.
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14 Oct 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

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In Elevated Command Prompt

Code:
convert   X:   /fs:ntfs
replace X with actual drive letter
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24 Oct 2014   #7
Hemmati

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Belated thanks past measure, Kaktussoft, for this precious command. I formatted the external hard disk manually before I received this kind instruction.

I have another, related, question now. Today my little nephew plugged my flash drive--the file system of which is NTFS--into his android mobile and his phone didn't recognize its file system. What is the command prompt for changing the file system from NTFS to FAT32? I changed their place in your invaluable code but I faced an error saying the command was invalid. I extend my gratitude in advance.

With best regards.
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24 Oct 2014   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Microsoft has never provided a utility to convert NTFS to FAT32. One reason being that NTFS supports so much that is not compatible with any other file system.
I believe there are third party tools that will do this but I don't know of any.

One way would be to copy all files on the drive to some other location, format the drive as FAT32, then copy the files back. Flash drives should not be used a primary storage so you should have a copy of these files anyway.
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24 Oct 2014   #9
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I think Android uses a different file system in which case converting to FAT32 wouldn't help.
https://www.google.com/search?q=andr...w=1116&bih=508

If FAT32 is usable on an Android device [check documentation for it] one could reformat the Thumb/Flash drive in Windows Explorer to FAT32.
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24 Oct 2014   #10
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Google shows some possibilities: convert ntfs fat32
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