File is too large and cannot be copied to the external drive

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I am using Windows Vista Home Premium on my computer and have an external drive attached. I need to transfer a 4GB file to another computer. I attempted to do this by copying the file from my computer’s hard drive to the external drive then move it to the other computer.

The external drive has 320GB capacity which is more than enough to accommodate the 4GB file. However, I keep getting a message that the 4GB file is too large and cannot be copied to the external drive. I attempted to copy it to a flash drive with a 16GB capacity with the same result. Can you tell me why this is happening? Is there a problem with the file I am trying to copy? Thanks!

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File is too large and cannot be copied to the external drive

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That is a strange, but then there must a reason behind that occurrence. What I will suggest is that you remove all the contents from your 16 GB flash disk and backup them somewhere like on your computer or the external hard drive, and then format the flash disk so that in case it is the one that has problems then it will be fine after formatting.

Another thing that you will need to do is locate the file that you want to transfer to another computer and then right click on it, and then choose properties. Check the size of the file. If it is a folder it may be having other files in it that are infected by viruses that are making them appear bigger, and therefore you will need to locate such files and delete them.

-Lee Seen

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