Can't copy a file to my USB disk

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Faux Carnival, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Faux Carnival macrumors 6502a

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    Hello, I have plenty of free space on my USB disk. The file I'm trying to copy is smaller than 4GB and the drive is formatted with FAT32.

    However, when I try to move a file into the disk, I get this error:

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    The item “...” can’t be copied because there isn’t enough free space.
     
  2. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

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  4. Faux Carnival thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    When I reformat the drive, it works but in time the problem reappears. I can't do this every day.

    And the trash is emptied.
     
  5. theSeb macrumors 604

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  8. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    In Unix or Linux hidden files start with a . like .Stuff for example.

    I don't know if Finder shows hidden files, but the terminal will.

    Open a terminal, navigate to the area where OS X mounts flash drive ( typically /Volumes ), and type:

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    ls -al
    This will show you the hidden files.
     
  9. Shiggity macrumors newbie

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    I have a similar problem while trying to copy to an SD card. It says not enough free space, even though there is. What a load of crap. This is clearly a bug.
     
  10. kalel-6 macrumors newbie

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    HOW..... i have 4 GB on USB Key and trying to take a folder from my mac 1.7 GB and i get that stupid message, trash is empty. i see people writing 1 line answers but no intructions

    how do you check for hidden files
     
  11. Boyd01 macrumors 68030

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    Keep reading this thread :)
     

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