Copy a 5GB File Mac give errors ?

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  1. sepu macrumors regular

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    Hey guys.

    I have a quick question ....
    I dont know if this just happends to me or not so i would like an input.

    When I try to copy files bigger that 5GB Mac Osx doesnt let me copy to my external HD and give me an error like -1309 bla bla (I cant remember what it says)

    I have a MBP C2D 2.33, 2GB Ram
    running version 10.4.8

    two external HD both Western Digitals

    1. Mybook Pro 500GB Firewire 800
    2. WD Passport 120GB USB 2.0 (I just got it today)

    So Im wondering if someone else is having the same problem ?
    Do you think it could be the HD
    I tried in windows and there's no problem with any kind of size
    Both HD are format in Fat32 so can be compaible with Windows and Mac.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    FAT32 - 2 Gb file size maximum.
    Reformat Mac OS Extended, or archive and break the file in pieces with Stuffit,
     
  3. sepu thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks a lot CanadaRam now that make sense...

    I have a few other question ....

    so what do I have to format to Mac OS Extended my HD or your mean the OSX ? where can I get info about this if you know a place.

    and one more thing ...
    if I format in Mac Os Extended will the HD be compatible with Windows as well.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    See this guide: http://guides.macrumors.com/Drives_and_Filesystems

    The short answer is that there is no perfect solution if you must have large files -- you can either format it MacHFS+ (this is the disk format that is also called extended / journaled) or NTFS (the dominant journaled file system for Windows). Both file systems can handle large files. Neither has out-of-the-box read/write support on the alternate OS. MacOS can read but not write NTFS; Windows can only read/write NTFS using an imperfect commercial software solution called MacDrive.

    The only "perfect" way you can have a read/write drive accessible to the Mac and Windows worlds that can handle large files is if that disk is being served from a computer -- that is, if you mount the NTFS or MacHFS+ disk in the native OS, you can read from /write to it as a network drive over the network just fine.
     
  5. Ale-500 macrumors newbie

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    How about udf ?

    In Disk utility there is an option for udf (at least in 10.3, I don't remember in 10.4), is it possible to format it udf ?. I don't know if winblows will read/write an udf disk though.

    I have to test that for linux.
     
  6. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    :eek: did CanadaRAM just make a mistake? or am i mistaken that FAT32 takes file bigger than 2GB
     
  7. seanf macrumors 6502

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    The maximum file size with FAT32 is 4GB.

    Sean :)
     
  8. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    right.. that's what i thought.

    i was sleepy, couldn't type right.
     
  9. bcavanau macrumors member

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    You could use EXT2 file system.

    Drivers for both Mac and Windows are available.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So I looked briefly at the Wiki page for EXT2FS and the page for the OS X drivers... it looks like the OS X drivers are read/write... how do they work? When the drive is mounted, is it just more filespace at its mount point in the filesystem just like any other drive (i.e. is it treated pretty natively by the OS once the drivers are used), or is it pretty jury-rig?
     
  11. interlaced macrumors 6502a

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    Wow I never knew this. I just thought something was wrong with my external when I'd get those errors. :rolleyes:
     
  12. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    You could format the external drives with HFS+ and use MacDrive to access them from Windows. Not free though...
     
  13. bcavanau macrumors member

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    Just like any other drive, just shows up on the desktop.
     

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