Copy a lagre Ms outlook file to USB hard disk

April 3, 2011 at 19:46:01
Specs: Windows 7
I want to back up a outlook file into USB hard disk. The file memory 7 GB, And the hard disk still have 200 GB space. But when I copied the file into the hard disk (copy and paste). They said the file is too big to copy into the hard disk. But it has no problem to copy it into C: drive or Desktop.
Can anyone tell me how to solve it.

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April 3, 2011 at 20:47:41
Try copying it to the desktop, and then dragging that to the external drives icon in 'Computer' and see if it will copy or move it that way. The problem may be the size of the file since the USB connection is much slower than the internal SATA or IDE connection to your internal hard drive (Outlook to desktop is probably both on C drive also), but it should be able to transfer it anyway. If it is the limitations of the clipboard, you can use Windows 7 back up system and specify to include the outlook files (it should anyway) and while you are at it, include anything important.

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April 3, 2011 at 21:12:27
The problem is your USB hard drive is partitioned with a FAT32 partition. FAT32 can only accept a file size up to 4 gigs in size. You will need to partition it with an NTFS file system to accept a file size of 7 gigs.

Here is a link to Microsoft's website on how to convert FAT32 to NTFS

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April 4, 2011 at 13:07:47
It may be possible to compress the file. Make a new compressed folder on your desktop and then copy all your data to it. Then see if the size is below the 4G limit for fat 32.

If you only run this flash or usb on Windows 7 you may wish to consider EXFAT also instead of NTFS.

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