File Size Limit trouble Firewire WD External

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Neoraven, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Neoraven macrumors member

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    #1
    I was wondering if there is a small file size limit to the FAT32 file system. I recently picked up a 1TB WD external with Firewire (pre-formatted FAT32) and have been transferring movies and such fine, but I just tried transferring an HD movie (5GB) and some large .dmg's/.iso's and they all just fail with an error.

    Is this a size limitation, and will i need to reformat the drive to fix it, or is there something else I'm missing?
     
  2. wizzracer macrumors 6502

    wizzracer

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    Dallas, Texas
    #2
    Four Gig limit on fat32. Reformat it to Mac or Windows, Which ever you use most.

    You can also set the cluster size for the size files you use. Helps save space and get a little better performance.
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

    tdhurst

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    Portland, OR
    #3
    reformat

    reformat to mac. four gig is file size limit for fat 32.
     

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