LARGE Media files not able to move

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  1. POTMONSTER macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2013
    North Lincolnshire (UK)
    Hello fellow apple lovers,
    Please forgive if answer is else where..

    Im struggling to move large files from my MBP to a external HDD 1GB seagate wireless plus unit.. format MS-DOS (FAT)
    looks to be most my Blu Ray MKV files and really would like to keep this file size...

    Thanks for looking in all and look forward sorting this little matter out:cool:
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    FAT32, or MS-DOS Format, will not accept files bigger than 4 GB.
    You may need to reformat, if the device you want to connect to allows that new format.


    Overview of the four major file systems (called "Formats" in Mac OS X) used on Windows and Mac OS X, compiled by GGJstudios. You can use Disk Utility to format any HDD to your liking.

    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility, found in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Here are your formatting options:

    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.
  3. POTMONSTER thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2013
    North Lincolnshire (UK)

    Thanks my friend... ill have a little look see what i can come up with..
    Windows OS are no longer used in my home.. my aim is download my files onto my macbookPro and move them over to a hdd been able to play them back on our new LG smart TV.
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    You'll need to find out whether the TV requires MS-DOS of NTFS formatted drives.

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