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    USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    I have got a 16 GB Toshiba USB stick. It seems to be in FAT32 file system, when i try to copy files larger than 4 GB it is giving me errors. Which filesystem should I format the USB to get ability for copying bigger files than 4 GB ? Ubuntu 9.10
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    Re: USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    If you are using it strictly with *nix system you are safe to put a ext3 file system on it. If you know that you will need to copy files to/from windows at some point ntfs would be a better bet.
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    Re: USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    If you are going to be using it strictly with GNU/Linux, then you can format it as ext3 or ext4. If you are going to be using it with Windows, then use NTFS.
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    Re: USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    Eerily similar.
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    Re: USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    I will use the USB Stick in GNU/Linux platform.. What i wonder is, is there any possibility to format the USB in NTFS format under Ubuntu ? My Gparted doesnt show the NTFS format option
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    Re: USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by simartem View Post
    I will use the USB Stick in GNU/Linux platform.. What i wonder is, is there any possibility to format the USB in NTFS format under Ubuntu ? My Gparted doesnt show the NTFS format option
    You need to install NTFS support (not installed by default). Run this:

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    sudo apt-get install gparted ntfs-3g ntfs-config ntfsprogs
    gparted should be able to handle NTFS after that.
    Last edited by ean5533; December 16th, 2009 at 08:53 PM. Reason: CODE, not QUOTE. *facepalm*

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    Re: USB 4 GB Size limitation in Ubuntu

    thanks ean5533, your explanation resolved my concern about the NTFS issue. Great tip.
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