Transferring files to a portable hard drive greater than 4.7gb

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Found 25th Jun 2009
Hi all,

Just been reading up on some of the media player deals on here that are able to play HD content such as x264, mkv etc.

My problem is that i can't transfer anything greater than 4.7gb (ish) from my PC to my external WD hard drive to play through my xbox360 or a potential media player.

I vaguely recollect being told to format the external HDD in the same way a mac HDD is setup??? but can't for the life of me remember.

Also, if i change the formatted structure i assume i'll lose the content on there too...

Cheers, Jin.

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You need to format NTFS not Fat32 as this limits to around 4gig.

You don't need to format, you can just convert the file system.

Start > run > type "cmd"

type "convert x: /fs:ntfs" , where x: is the drive letter of the external drive


wait a few moments, and the drive will be converted to ntfs, and you'll be able to copy epic files to it with no problem.

Original Poster

dxx;5583492

You don't need to format, you can just convert the file system.Start run … You don't need to format, you can just convert the file system.Start > run > type "cmd"type "convert x: /fs:ntfs" , where x: is the drive letter of the external drivewait a few moments, and the drive will be converted to ntfs, and you'll be able to copy epic files to it with no problem.



B.E.A.Utiful. cheers

Dxx - can this be converted with files already on the drive?

You need to check that the Xbox360 / PS3 / whatever media player you intend to use can read an NTFS drive though.

I very much doubt any of them do (well maybe the 360 as it's a Microsoft product).

Changing to NTFS is not advised - the 360 cannot read NTFS volumes.

If you want to surpass the 4GB barrier, you need to format the partition as HFS+ (Mac - you were right on the money). To do this, either connect it to a Mac (Duh!) or get a piece of software called MacDrive and install it on your PC / HTPC /etc. You'll need this software to access the drive in future.

Cue the irony that the 360 doesn't support NTFS (Microsoft's NT file system) but supports HFS+ (which is Apple's).

Siddy;5583534

Dxx - can this be converted with files already on the drive?



Yes.

Can a normal PC read HFS+ drives by default of do you need software on the PC?

Thanks Dxx will note that cmd in my book.

I use pqmagic 99% of time.

How come you have a DIVX file over 4gb ?

These are normally 700mb-1.5gb for a film.

The above is true though, the Xbox needs a FAT32 volume to read the media

black knight;5583645

Can a normal PC read HFS+ drives by default of do you need software on … Can a normal PC read HFS+ drives by default of do you need software on the PC?



No - see my above post. You need software installed to read Mac volumes (such as MacDrive).

ChrisUK;5583726

How come you have a DIVX file over 4gb ?These are normally 700mb-1.5gb … How come you have a DIVX file over 4gb ?These are normally 700mb-1.5gb for a film.The above is true though, the Xbox needs a FAT32 volume to read the media



I've got DIVX HD movies over 4GB in size, so they can be as large as this.

The Xbox needs FAT16/FAT32/HFS+ to read the media, to be more precise. :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Thanks for all the comments...

In truth, now that i have my new PC, im probably going to opt for the Western Digital Media Player and get shot of my xbox 360.
So i'll be safe with the player and the PC reading NTFS.

The media player will also be easier to take between front room and bedroom - and a hell of a lot quiter than the 360 lol.

Now i just need some kind of HDMI -> Component coverter as my bedroom tv has DVI but no method of carrying audio.

Original Poster

ChrisUK;5583726

How come you have a DIVX file over 4gb ?These are normally 700mb-1.5gb … How come you have a DIVX file over 4gb ?These are normally 700mb-1.5gb for a film.The above is true though, the Xbox needs a FAT32 volume to read the media



The mkv files i've had before are normally around 6gb

Original Poster

Also, does my source HDD need to be NTFS formatted and can i use that above command on it (given it's a primary partition)?

What do you mean by 'source' HDD? If you mean your PC HDD, unless it's under 32GB it'll be formatted as NTFS by default.

Original Poster

ah cool. cheers fella. 750gb is a touch above 32 lol.

Lol @ the Microsoft console not using the file system created by Microsoft.

Even bigger Lols at the fact that for once a Windows user may have to use Mac compatibility programs.

Could you not edit the movie down to make it a smaller file, or cut in half and get a fresh beer in the break

Original Poster

Ok, it's already formatted NTFS but still not letting me transfer it.

If I have a set of self extracting rar files eg 60 x 100mb files, could i transfer these to the portable hard drive and then extract directly from the drive itself?

jinjernuts;5593893

Ok, it's already formatted NTFS but still not letting me transfer it. … Ok, it's already formatted NTFS but still not letting me transfer it. :(If I have a set of self extracting rar files eg 60 x 100mb files, could i transfer these to the portable hard drive and then extract directly from the drive itself?



Do you want to explain in a little more detail as to what you're copying and where. Try and include as much information as possible. Obviously the nature of your data is your business, so I only need to know the size.

Go into My Computer and check the properties of all your HDDs - make sure they're reading as NTFS under 'file system'.

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Xb0xGuru;5594375

Do you want to explain in a little more detail as to what you're copying … Do you want to explain in a little more detail as to what you're copying and where. Try and include as much information as possible. Obviously the nature of your data is your business, so I only need to know the size.Go into My Computer and check the properties of all your HDDs - make sure they're reading as NTFS under 'file system'.



Got it now mate.

Thanks a million for the help.
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