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Basic thumb drive question

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by Sausage in Section 17, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Sausage in Section 17

    Sausage in Section 17 Poker Champ SoSH Member

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    I bought 2 (cheap) 32 GB USB 2.0 data sticks, and when I try to upload a couple of different 5-6 GB HD video files onto them, I get a message saying the files are too large for this format.

    Any guesses what is going on here? Nothing on the package said anything about formatting. Generally these work right out of the box, I think. I tried zipping the files, got the same message.

    Any tips are appreciated.
     
  2. jercra

    jercra Member SoSH Member

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    Reformat them fat32 or ntfs.
     
  3. Red Sox Physicist

    Red Sox Physicist Member SoSH Member

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    The max file size for FAT32 is 4 GB, so it won't handle his 5-6 GB videos. For Windows, it will have to be exfat or NTFS.
     
  4. AMcGhie

    AMcGhie Set Adrift on Memory Bliss SoSH Member

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    A common fraud in USB sticks is to make a storage space that only holds say 4GB "say" it holds 32. Since most people are just using it for small files anyways, they don't notice the lack of space, but they pay for it fraudulently.

    I'm not saying this is what's happening, but it could be.
    https://www.instructables.com/id/Dont-fall-for-the-Flash-Drive-Scam!/

    Edit: better link
     
  5. Sausage in Section 17

    Sausage in Section 17 Poker Champ SoSH Member

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    Reformatted to ExFat through my Mac, worked like a charm....

    Thanks!
     

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