Transfer a 11g File from Desktop to Laptop

  DavidM4 16 Jul 11
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Trying to transfer a 11gb .mkv file from my desktop top my laptop using an external HD but keep getting an error message saying the ext hd is full even though there is 95g free space! Help please! And why can't I transfer directly from PC to PC using usb?

Thamks in advance!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16 Jul 11

why can't I transfer directly from PC to PC using usb?

USB stick? probably formatted FAT32 which can't handle files bigger than 4G may be your external drive is aswell

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your D: drive, you would type 'Convert D: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  DavidM4 17 Jul 11

Hi Fruit Bat /\0/\,sorry about the late response.

Tried what you advised and it responds with "Enter current volume label for drive G". What should I type?

By usb I meant a male to male usb lead from the desktop direct to the laptop, sorry I didn't make myself very clear on that one.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17 Jul 11

usb I meant a male to male usb lead from the desktop direct to the laptop, sorry I didn't make myself very clear on that one.

this will not work and may well damage your machines

Volume label

Be sure your not formatting

if not then type anything you like -- this is just a name for the drive enter leaves it blank.

  ICF 17 Jul 11
  DavidM4 17 Jul 11

"An incorrect volume label was entered for this drive" is the response when I leave it blank or type anything.

Thanks for the cable warnings and advice!

  DavidM4 17 Jul 11

PS my system drive is NTFS and my externals are both FAT32 if this helps.

The error message in full when I try to drag/drop, copy/paste... is

Error Copying File or Folder (Window header)

Cannot copy (name of file): There is not enough free space.

Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again.

To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click Disk Cleanup.

                         (options) Disk Cleanup... (or) OK
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17 Jul 11

As before FAT32 can not handle files bigger than 4G hence the error message.

One of your externals need converting to or formatting as NTFS.

  D@ve 17 Jul 11
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I'm guessing that there's a network in the house - in your position I would be inclined to share the folder that your video is stored in (right click, Properties, sharing, Share), and then transfer it across the network, totally bypassing the need to use (and therefore format) your external hard drive. Connect both desktop and laptop to the router by cable if possible rather than wireless for a faster transfer speed.

  DavidM4 17 Jul 11

Nice one fellas the network solution works a treat! thanks all!

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