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    Default Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    I need to copy a 4.69GB mp4 video file to a USB Strontium drive.
    I am informed the file is too large for the destination file system.
    How can I solve this problem?
    TIA, Peter.

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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    Most USB drives are formatted as FAT32, which has a single file limit of 4GB.

    If you reformat the drive to NTFS there wont be a problem. Make sure anything else on the drive is backed up somewhere else , as reformatting will erase the drive.
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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    Are you going to use the file on TV? If so best to check that the TV will accept NTFS. Some will only accept fat32. If just a "file" ok otherwise you might need to split the file.

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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    It's not the device, it's what it's formatted in, as Wainuitech says...reformat it if you need bigger.
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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    Thank you all.
    I will confer with the end user to determine where the vid with be played.
    Peter.

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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    If NTFS wont work on the device being played format the drive as exFAT.
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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    and sometimes (I cannot remember what format) there is a limit to the size of file in the root folder.
    Create a sub-folder and try putting the file in there.

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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    If NTFS wont work on the device being played format the drive as exFAT.
    yep not only does exfat allow file sizes bigger than 4 gigs. The file system is read and writable by Macs. NTFS, is only readable by Macs.
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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    Whoops Beama, I think you mean NTFS is only readable by MS!

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    Default Re: Is there a file size limit for a USB drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Whoops Beama, I think you mean NTFS is only readable by MS!
    Not quite, NTFS can be read and written by Windows, but out of the box macOS can only read

    macOS can read and write to exFAT though.
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