16gb Memory Stick Question

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Joined: Jun 22 2004

Just bought a 16gb memory stick (which oddly reads as just under 15gb with nothing on it, fresh out of the pack)

But anyway, I am trying to drag a 6gb file onto it, and it is saying there is not enough space. Why is this considering its showing I have 15gb to use?

mooblie's picture
Joined: Apr 27 2001

Is the card formatted as FAT32? If so, you need to reformat the card as NTFS.

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Gavin Gration
Joined: Jul 29 1999

16GB (salesman's GBs) = 14.9GB of usable storage.

Just to expand on what Mooblie says....Out of the box most memory sticks/cards are formatted with the FAT32 file system which has a 4GB per file size limit.

The reason memory sticks are supplied FAT32 is that it's compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and ready to use in cameras etc.

If you are on PC then you can format it NTFS to use it all.

On the Mac I would imagine you could use HFS+.

A Mac can read an NTFS volume but not write to it. A standard PC cannot see HFS+ volumes.

HFSExplorer is a Windows program that allows PCs to read HFS+ drives.

harlequin's picture
Joined: Aug 16 2000

Fat 32 limitations have been spoken about numerous times here , latest @ http://forums.dvdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=53695&highlight=file+size

Hard Drive capacity sizes have also been explained in a FAQ a long time ago @ http://forums.dvdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=980

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