3.2GB file "Too large" for FAT32?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by Dan73B, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Dan73B macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2011
    Has this happened to anyone else? I can't copy files smaller than 4gb to my EX-FAT external HDD.
    The HDD has 20+ Gigs free and I've never run into an issue like this before installing High Sierra.

    See screenshots of file info, Ext HDD info and error message when trying to copy.

    Edit: I can still copy files under 1GB. 2GB is also "Too large" for the volume.

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  2. JOSECBA macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2015
    Is a BUG from APPLE on the new Mac OS High Sierra .... I don't understand why they don't fixed it with 10.13.1 update from today.... WHAT'S GOING ON WITH APPLE !!!!!! I called several time to apple customer service ... and tell about this bug....
  3. shuttaman macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2017
    Holy **** I just went crazy trying to figure out why I was having issues.
  4. tromboneaholic macrumors 68010


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    Would exFAT work for you? I don’t believe it has the same file size limitation.
  5. shuttaman macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2017
    Nope because the 3ds doesn't read Exfat.
    Same for my 2ds.
    Had to use commander one. After formating it to exfat and trying it in my 2ds and reformated it back to fat32.

    Apple needs to fix this **** now what the **** man.
  6. imasterus macrumors regular


    Oct 9, 2013
    I had encountered this "too large" issue few days ago, but yesterday found a simple solution. There is file manager app "Forklift". So, via Forklift2 I was able to copy-paste a file larger than 2 gb onto my usb flash drive.
    P.S.: As far as I know you can download the Forklift2 for free from their website (binarynights). You can buy Forklift3, if you wish. It is the best alternative to Finder.
  7. Nastasia macrumors newbie


    Nov 14, 2017
    Great tip imasterus! I upgraded my OS to HighSierra today and found that I all of a sudden wasn't able to move a 2,2 gig file (in Finder) to a FAT32 formatted drive while that wasn't a problem before. Using Forklift solved the problem for me, no errors whatsoever. Thanks!
  8. Nick96 macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2018
    For anyone who is still having trouble or don't want to bother with 3rd party apps, it's worth a shot to use the command line. I.e. open Terminal app and type
    cp <path/to/file> <path/to/flash/drive>
    wait a few moments until prompt appears and you should be good to go
  9. x_man_ macrumors newbie


    Sep 22, 2015
    Actually, I think this was fixed with the 10.13.4 update… Screen Shot 2018-03-31 at 08.50.24.png
  10. MSastre macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
    Yup, works fine now.

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