USB stick and larger files

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  1. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    Seems anything over 4GB won't go to a USB on the Mac. I have a file which is 11GB and needless to say it won't transfer, so I changed the Fat 32 to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) which does do the trick, but.. it can then only be used on the Mac after.

    Is there a way it can be viewed as other USB sticks work, without any reformatting?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you reformat to ExFAT is Disk Utility that will work with the 11GB file and can read/write in Windows and Mac both.
     
  3. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ooh. Thank you. I'll give that a try. Will it work on a USB port on a television like the unfornatted ones do?
     
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    It will depend on the TV. I know not all TV sets support ExFAT and many require FAT-32... which is what that MS-DOS Disk Utility option is and also how most USB keys come from the factory.
     
  5. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, Yeh, i've never had to change them, format wise, in all the years I've been using them. Just had this problem with larger files.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Sounds like maybe you never had a file this large before, because that 4GB is a file size limitation with that FAT32 format.
     
  7. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Quite possibly. I'll be home weekend so will check that out. Thanks again
     

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