flash drive error Cant copy files.

March 28, 2011 at 18:03:09
Specs: Windows XP
I have two 8 gb flash drives. One PNY and One Sandisc Cruzer. Both are formatted and empty and neither one will allow me to copy a file larger than about 4 gb from what I can tell. I can copy multiple files adding up to over 4 gb however. I am trying to copy over a movie file that is 4,577,673 Kb. Its an MKV file. Every time I try on either drive it pops up a window that says " The disk in the destination drive is full. Insert a new disk to continue." So I hit retry and it pops another error that says "Cannot copy filename: There is not enough free disk space. Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again." Both drives are formatted with FAT32. I don't know how to format them with NTFS as I think this is the issue. If someone can please help me with this or suggest a drive utility that will work to format the drives in the NTFS filesystem that would be greatly helpful. :)

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Computer Specs if it matters:

Windows XP Pro SP3-cant afford Win7 yet :(
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.84 GHz
MSI P43-C51 MoBo MS 7519 Ver. 2.1
4 Gb Crucial Ballistics Tracer RAM
GeForce GTX 460 PCI-E 2.0
Neo ECO 520C PSU
Rosewill Challenger Case
5 SATA HDD's
2 LG DVD-DL Lighsrcribe Drives
2 24" Samsung SyncMaster B2330 Displays


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#1
March 28, 2011 at 18:24:15
fat 32 has a file size limit of 4g. To format ntfs, simply plug in the flash drive. Go to my computer. You should see the flash drive listed there. Right click on the flash drive icon and click "format", the format window will pop up, under the tab "file system" click the lil down arrow and select ntfs. click ok.

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#2
March 28, 2011 at 18:30:28
having re read that......you are trying to put 4g onto one 2g stick, or you are trying to span this over 2 x 2g???

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#3
March 28, 2011 at 18:33:53
I don't see how you are going to fit the movie 4.5g on a 2g flash drive fat 32 or ntfs. I don't know of any way to compress them that much. sometimes the files are split and then recombined, the real answer is probably a larger flash drive.

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#4
March 28, 2011 at 18:52:51
lol oops I apologize that was a typo. I meant two 8 gig drives. I mention both because I have the same issue with each.

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#5
March 28, 2011 at 18:57:18
I have tried formatting them this way. NTFS is not an option. It only gives me FAT32 and exFAT. exFAT does not work. It just errors and tells me that Windows cannot complete the format.

edit: on another note I have also tried formatting in Windows Drive Management Console, PNY's own Low Level Format Utility which didn't even support the drive, and Lexar Image Rescue Software which includes a factory format utility for all types of removable media. None of these would allow me to change the formatting type from FAT32 to NTFS.


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#6
March 28, 2011 at 20:18:23
Are they read only?
never heard of this.

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#7
March 28, 2011 at 21:53:24
No They aren't read only. That was the first thing I checked.

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#8
March 28, 2011 at 22:15:03
Hmm how old is the Sandisc? I have a sandisc cruser and my format options are NTFS, Fat32, and exFat.
Edit: How is the harddrive in the computer formated? Not sure it matters but XP can be placed on a Fat32 drive.
Likely

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#9
April 5, 2011 at 14:55:16
In order to reformat Fat 32flash drive . You have to go through some steps to reformat it, since NTFS wasn't initially an option when You selected "format". You have to find the drive in the device manager, and set the policy to optimize for performance under the Policy Tab, then when you try to format it, NTFS is an option, so picked NTFS, formatted it, and now it will works

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#10
May 9, 2011 at 05:56:27
Doesn't seem to be working... it says

"The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume serial number is 180E-D02D
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Unable to notify other components that this volume has changed.


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#11
May 9, 2011 at 06:01:59
Tried to do it again and it seems to be that its not really working...it says..


"C:\>convert h:/FS:NTFS
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume Serial Number is D46B-814B
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
15,918,896 KB total disk space.
15,918,888 KB are available.

8,192 bytes in each allocation unit.
1,989,862 total allocation units on disk.
1,989,861 allocation units available on disk.

Determining disk space required for file system conversion...
Total disk space: 15934464 KB
Free space on volume: 15918888 KB
Space required for conversion: 82148 KB
Converting file system
Unable to notify other components that this volume has changed."


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