ipod as hard drive 100gb free yet it says not enough space for 7gb file

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bob2131, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    hi, i have a classic ipod 160gb...and theres well over 100gb free.
    i have a just under 8gb file im trying to transfer to it, via pc, as external drive. its connected, and when i go to copy the file, it say not enough space. free some space and try again.

    im trying to transfer a file onto my macbook.

    this shouldnt be happening should it????

    any ideas anyone??

    please help anyone.....thanks
  2. deriko100 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2008
    New York
    apple has tutorials on how to transfer data from a pc to mac / mac to pc
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    If you have iPod running on a PC, then it is probably formatted FAT32 (MSDOS), right? FAT32 has a limitation of 4 GB for an individual file. You can't do the 7 GB file on a FAT32 formatted drive. This applies to USB memory sticks too.
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  5. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008

    you guys and girls = thankyou so much.

    i love this forum. every query i have this forum answers it within the hour usually.

    yeah, im using an external drive to do it now. i backed up my pc with the usb drive (1TB seagate) and i just plugged into macbook, and it recognises it all!!! awsome!!!!!!! so i can transfer anything i want to macbook. wow.

    best way, to just browse the external drive in finder, and just DRAG and DROP???? drag and drop copies the file right? doesnt move it from the source?
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Yes, D&D copies.

    HOWEVER - how is the external drive formatted? If it is formatted FAT32 (the MSDOS option in the Apple Disk Utility) you will have the same problem with files over 4 GB in size.

    If the external is formatted NTFS by the PC, you may be able to read, but you won't be able to write with the Mac.

    There are some software solutions for reading and writing NTFS, google for FUSE and ntfs3g
  7. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    no idea how external drive is formated. ..ive never formated....i dont even know what it means..i just bought it and backed up my pc.....seagate freeagent 1TB (theres a little leaflet inside which says if wanna use with leapord i have to install this dmg and it reformats and wipes the drive etc, then i can use it ......so i guess i have to do that to write to it.....but it reads the current data ok.....as ive backed up whole pc onto it.....and macbook read it all fine..........im happy.......cause ill keep that for pc backing up and transferring files to mac........and i have another 250g external, ill use for backing up mac..............

    ill read up on all this formating and NTFS and fat 32 etc........
    thats some crazy stuff!
  8. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    Northeast, CT
    Once you format for Leopard, you will most likely be unable to copy to it from your PC as it will probably be HFS formated. Unsure of what the reformat will do, but if you can read the drive as is with your Macbook you are ok right now, just can't transfer from Macbook to the external.
  9. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    All Windoze iPods are FAT32 formatted so max file transfer size is 4GB!

    You can format your xHDD (Love the seagates:D) as HFS+(not recognized by Win) from Disk Utility! Find the app in Applications|Utilities. Here, select the drive (which, obviously, you've connected) in DU. Click Partition and from the drop down menu, select the no. of partitions. Now choose each partition in the diagram and from the other dropdown menu choose the FS you want! Click Apply.....

    Mac OS Extended - HFS+
    Windows NT - NTFS
    MS DOS FAT - Fat32
  10. luketc macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2006
    also, if you just want to move the file, you can do a multi-part .rar archive using Winrar

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