Can't copy 4 GB file from external HD to MBP HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shoelessone, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. shoelessone macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    I was downloading a 6 gig ISO (dvd image) to an external HD that was formatted as FAT32, sadly I forgot that it would be a problem (4 gb file size limit for FAT32).

    Anyway, I want to move the file from my external drive (at least what I have of the file so far) to my MacBook Pro hard drive, so I tried dragging/dropping it onto my desktop, and this is what I see:


    Any ideas whats going on, or what I can/should do? I have checked permissions.

  2. JKitterman macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2006
    The picture looks like it was trying to drop it on the PNG file? Try a blank part of screen
  3. kemitchell macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007
    you can try doing it manually via the terminal

    First, make absolutely certain you've room, and that the drive youre copying to support files of that size. I'm not trying to be mean. I forget sometimes, too.

    With the terminal comes great problem-solving power and great problem-causing ability. I can't be held responsible for the particulars of your system.

    Launch the terminal then:

    cd /Volumes/ <Enter>
    cd <name of your external> <Enter>
    cp <path/to/the/file.extesion> ~/Desktop <Enter>
    those commands mean:
    1. move to the directory that holds all your various drives and media
    2. move into the external drive
    3. copy the file on the external drive to your Desktop

    this will take a while for a 6 GB transfer. if you hear the external platters start spinning, consider it a good sign (TM).
  4. shoelessone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007

    Thanks for the advice! I've used linux quite a bit (all the CS labs at school are linux) so I think I should be able to manage that :)

    Also, I have to ask, is your first name kevin?

    If so, we might have the same name :)

    when I saw your user name i literally had to do a tripple take, my email address @ school is "kemitche" so it really threw me off, I was wondering if something was wrong...
  5. shoelessone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    No, looks like it but I wasn't I'm afraid :(

    Thanks though!

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