not possible to copy and past a mp4 file to a usb flash drive

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  1. michel52 macrumors member

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    hi everyone,
    i have a iMac late 2009 with yosemite as OSX
    now the problem is, when i want to copy and past a mp4 file (movie) to a usb flashdrive (sandisk) it gives me a error message about not possible to past the file to the flashdrive and also not possible to activate the flashdrive at disk-utillyties???
    please help!
    Michel
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What format is the drive and how big is the MP4? If the drive is FAT32 format and the MP4 file is more than 4GB, you can't copy it, as FAT32 supports a maximum file size of 4GB.

    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 and later)
      • 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).
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    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
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    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)
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    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
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    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X. [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
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  3. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    hi thank you for the reply:
    the usb flash drive is 16Gb big an the mp4 is 2,66 gb,but when i put the new flash drive into a usb connection from the iMac it gave me this information:
     

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  4. jbarley, May 27, 2015
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  5. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    sorry, i was not aware of it ;)
     
  6. mgroot macrumors regular

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    Even though the USB says it's read/write I find it very strange that it's formatted as FAT and not something newer. IIRC FAT has a filesize limit of 64kb.

    If you want to be able to read these files on a PC as well format it to exFat and then it should work
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The MS DOS (FAT) shown in Disk Utility is FAT32, not FAT. It has a filesize limit of 4GB, which should be enough for the 2.66GB file in question.
    Try re-formatting the drive to FAT32 (MS DOS (FAT), then try the file transfer again.
     
  8. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    hi i just did what you advised me but its still not working,i get a error message that its not possible to erase it into ms-dos (fat)
     

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  9. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    In the partition tab, remove the single partition and then add it back as FAT32.
     
  10. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    oke, i connect again the usb flash drive (no name) on my iMac and this is now at the partition tap what it shows .... what i do now?
    Also is that my iMac don't find the usb flash drive at "Finder" even it is connected on my iMac :(
     

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  11. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    the problem is when i want to erase the flash drive into MS-DOS (FAT) the system say's "its not possible to deactivate the flash drive " :(
     

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  12. kolax macrumors G3

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    Could be a dying flash drive or one that is hardware locked. Is there a switch on the flash drive that turns it into read only mode?
     
  13. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Sounds broken and being treated as read-only to me. Certainly when I have had an HDD cable giving errors that is what happened, the drive gets put into RO and won't format.

    Have you tried ANY other usb drive, can you format it?
    Have you tried YOUR drive in another usb port? On another machine?
     
  14. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    hi Kilamite, no there is no switch on the new flash drive , i think also that the hardware is locked i don't know why?
     
  15. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    hi simonsi, yeah i tried it also with a windows 7 pc, windows 7 does not see the flashdrive or anything, i think the new flash drive is dead!
     
  16. michel52 thread starter macrumors member

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    guy's i found the solution, i went back to my windows 7 pc and connected the flash drive and suddenly windows found the flash drive, i format it to FAT32 , then i plug it in on my iMac again and every was alright again, mac found the flash drive and accept past and delete files ;)
     
  17. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Mostly stuff doesn't spontaneously fix itself, I'd be prepared for it to be intermittent...maybe not use it for anything critical anytime soon?
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm glad you got it worked out, but I agree with simonsi: I would be suspicious of that drive's reliability.
     
  19. marek1949 macrumors newbie

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    the only answer is to use a secondary pc to copy files- apple os is very limiting
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    i don't know what hit is-but i'll get to it thanks
     

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