unable to transfer file to external hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iAppleONE, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. iAppleONE macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if there is an alternative way to transfer a 11GB file from the computer to an external hard drive. I tried drag and drop but I keep getting 'an error has occurred' message. Is there anyway to overcome this problem? I am using the admin account so I have all the permissions to read and write. Thanks!
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Is the external drive formatted as FAT? If so, it has a 4GB file limit.
     
  3. iAppleONE thread starter macrumors member

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    oh so how do i change it? I guess copy everything from the external to the computer and do a reformat to NTFS?
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    Yup. You'll need a 3rd party tool like NTFS-3G in order to let Mac read and write to NTFS drives though.
     

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