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Thread: Ubuntu 12.04 can't transfer files over 4 gigs.

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    Ubuntu 12.04 can't transfer files over 4 gigs.

    A friend of mine cannot transfer a single file with a size over 4.3 gigs to external drives.
    We've tried splitting the file into pieces to transfer on it and re-combine the files and it still goes down to 4.3 gigs instead of the 5.9 file size. Any ideas?

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 can't transfer files over 4 gigs.

    Almost all external drives are formatted as FAT32. The maximum file you can put on a FAT32 filesystem is 4GB. If you want to put larger files on there, you'll need to use a different filesystem on the drive like NTFS (if you wan to maintain compatibility with Windows), or ext4.

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