How do I copy files larger than 4GB to a USB stick which I can then use on a TV/PS3?

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  1. tpr007 macrumors regular

    tpr007

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    My TV and PS3 recognise my USB stick if it's in a fat format, but this won't allow me to copy MKV files of a large size on to the stick.

    To copy larger files I need to format the stick as extended, but then the files don't show up when plugged into the TV/PS3

    Is Windows the only solution?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
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  4. tpr007 thread starter macrumors regular

    tpr007

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    Thanks for the help - I'll try that on my USB stick.

    Now for a DVD problem - same thing: Sorry for the stupidity, but when I clicked "burn" it didn't give me any options on the DVD to make a data disc in ExFat?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Because DVDs use their own file systems, as DVDs are mostly read only. Optical disks will not use exFAT or NTFS or HFS+ as format.
     
  6. tpr007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    But a DVD burnt on a windows laptop (as a data disc) gets read fine on my PS3.

    Not my MacBook burnt ones :(
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Sorry, was partially wrong about the file systems.
    Have you checked Finder > select DVD burnt in Windows >> GET INFO >>> Format to see, what format your Windows burnt DVDs are using?
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    Anyway, Burn gives you some options:
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