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Mercedes Gonzalez
External hard drive "refusing" to copy a file from hard drive
on Dec 1, 2014 at 5:37:25 pm

Hello everybody,
something just happened to me that never happened before, I was going to storage a mov file in my external hard drive and I get this message: "The item "time coded sequence.mov" can´t be copied because it is too large for the volume´s format". As you can imagine is plenty of room for the file in the drive, and even I tested copying larger folders and other mov files and no problem at all. Any suggestion what is going on? What does "volume´s format" exactly mean?

Thanks a lot for your help,

Mercedes

In the battle with reality, no matter what, reality always wins


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Martin Greenwood
Re: External hard drive "refusing" to copy a file from hard drive
on Dec 1, 2014 at 6:27:25 pm

Mercedes,

The external hard drive may be formatted as FAT16, FAT32 or HFS.
These older filesystems have a maximum file size of 2GB.
How large is the movie file?
If you reformat the external drive as HFS+ on a Mac or NTFS on Windows then you will be able to use larger file sizes.

Martin

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Mercedes Gonzalez
Re: External hard drive "refusing" to copy a file from hard drive
on Dec 2, 2014 at 6:57:46 pm

Hi Martin,

Thanks a lot for your response. The movie file is 7Gb and the drive have 508.81Gb available… As I mentioned before I tried to copy larger files than that: folders and mov files and no problem, it´s just with this particular mov file I get that window, and nothing is different from this mov files than anothers as far as I know. I just exported it from FCP with the the Time Code fx, that´s the only difference compared to other mov files.

Any additional thoughts?

thanks a lot,

saludos,

Mercedes

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Doug Metz
Re: External hard drive "refusing" to copy a file from hard drive
on Dec 2, 2014 at 7:42:46 pm

Hi Mercedes,

The first step is to discover the actual format of the external drive. To do this, select it in the Finder and then from the File menu, choose 'Get Info' :



Doug Metz

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