How to transfer a 4+gb file to a HDD on MacBook?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Halvard, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Halvard macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2009
    I have a 120GB HDD and I got a file on my computer that is 5GB. (.iso). My friend want that file and I'm going to transfer it to him. But when I dragged the file to the HDD it was an error.
    It is a Fat32, and I found out I can't transfer files bigger than 4GB to it. So I tried to convert it to NTFS but I couldn't drag the files to the HDD.

    So what should I convert the HDD to so I can drag as big files as I want from my Mac to my HDD? :)

    Edit: My friend also have a mac, so it doesnt need to work on both Mac and PC, but it would be cool if it did! :)
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    If they're both Mac, you can reformat the drive as HFS+ (aka "Mac OS Extended".) It won't be readable by any Windows machines, but it's the most compatible between Macs. (And fastest.) Then if you need Windows compatibility again later, reformat as FAT.
  3. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    I've used a program called HFS explorer when I needed to get some large files from my mac to my pc. I never paid for a full version and only used the trial which means I can't use it anymore. It worked perfect when I used it though.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • Maximum files per volume: 4,194,304
    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: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, 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
    • Maximum files per volume: 4,294,967,295
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    • Maximum files per volume: 4,294,967,295
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • Does not support journaling
    • 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
    • Maximum files per volume: nearly unlimited

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