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How to transfer large file from Mac to PC with external HD?

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May 16, 2010 4:02:19 AM

Yes, it sounds like a stupid question and it probably is. It also brings sadness to my geeky heart to have to ask something like this.

Anyways. I am building my PC on Monday and I have an iso file (6.34 gbs) that cannot go onto a FAT formatted drive since they cannot take an individual file over 4 gbs or so. Also, unless I'm mistaken, Windows completely disregards Mac OS X Extended formats. So what I thought I'd do is plug my FAT drive into a friend's computer and convert it to NTFS. All went well EXCEPT when I plug it into my Mac it is read-only -.-

What to do?

Many thanks for some help! :D 

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May 16, 2010 5:36:09 AM

Try using FAT32 to format your drive
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May 16, 2010 5:45:09 AM

Format using exFAT; it has the benefit of being cross platform and it supports file sizes as big as NTFS (you will need to format using a Windows PC, however, as MACs can't natively format a drive as exFAT).
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May 16, 2010 5:59:01 AM

Emerald said:
Try using FAT32 to format your drive


"The maximum file size on a FAT32 formatted drive is around 4 GB. With DVD and high resolution DVD formats now available, this limit is commonly noticed."

Why would that help?
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May 16, 2010 6:15:28 AM

pepperman said:
Format using exFAT; it has the benefit of being cross platform and it supports file sizes as big as NTFS (you will need to format using a Windows PC, however, as MACs can't natively format a drive as exFAT).


Are you sure? I have been reading around and nobody has said that Macs can write to exFat
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May 16, 2010 6:26:37 AM

For only one file, you use a program like MacHacha 4.0 (freeware) that can split and join the file. This way you can move the file with FAT32.
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