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I have a video file which is 4GB and it's currently on my mac hard drive, but when I attempt to move it to my external hard drive which has 184GB free it won't let me and I have an error which says "The item can’t be copied because it is too large for the volume's format". I don't understand why it's too large when I have 184GB free so it should fit onto it fine.

Could someone explain how I could get rid of this message so I can move this file onto my external hard drive.

Many thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
Solved by Klaus1 on Sep 11, 2011 4:05 AM Solved

Sounds like your external drive is formatted as FAT32 which has a file size limitation.


It should of course have been formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in order to work with large cideo files.

Reply by Klaus1 on Sep 11, 2011 4:31 AM Helpful

It will work as before only better!


You reformat in Disk Utility BUT PLEASE NOTE that everything on it will be deleted, so back it up first.

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