moving large files to external

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by shadowschild, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. shadowschild macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2008
    so i am trying to move 7 gig movie file to my external drive and a error saying opperation could not be completed because of an unkown error, any tips?
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    How is the drive formatted? FAT volumes will only accept files up to 4 GB.
  3. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Almost all external hard drives come formated for windows You need to reformat it for OS X if you want it to work right for videos and time machine.
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Ditto on the formatting - it'll be a lot more reliable and faster if you format for OSX.

    I've also found that file transfers will fail if the internal hard drive (the one the OS is running from) is almost full - it'll fail transferring to the external.

    Weird, but it's happened on several occasions prior my upgrade to a 1.5TB internal.

    Just in case - it'd help if you mention the make/model of the drive, computer and what interface you're using. (Firewire 400 / 800 / USB) ect...

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