Formatting Disk Managment
~ The Joy of Inability To Copy Over 4GB to USB ~
… And queue sarcasm radar to shatter into a thousand shards of agony…
Note To Self: Always re-format idiot FAT32 format drives of all and any kind.
Fancy having a system that can’t transfer over 4GB! What kind of world do we live in where companies still auto-format in this way?
Probably should have checked this first, but I really didn’t realise anyone was that daft anymore.
This is apparently how USB sticks are still formatted… apparently lost in some factory in a decade now far, far away… until it’s returned to now and sold on…
I checked my other one, and yes, it’s apparently FAT32 as well.
FAT32 doesn’t allow more than 4GB to be processed at any one time. Have as many files as you like – but they must be all under the 4GB mark. From now on, I will be auto-formatting all my USB sticks to exFAT… Both exFAT and NTFS have unlimited data transfer per file – however it is best to keep in mind that exFat can be used across the board in Mac and Linux OS machines as well, where as NTFS is dedicated only to Windows.
In fairness, it’s probably always best to check the Disk Management system with all new USB drives, as well as HDD/SDD ones for formatting, health, etc:
That way you know everything’s good to go before you put your very precious data on it.
Posted on March 18, 2017, in Formatting, Hardware, PC Storage, Random Rant, Tech, USB Flash Drives, Windows 10 and tagged 4GB limit on USB, can't copy more than 4GB, Disk Management, disk manager, exFAT, FAT32, Formatting, NTFS, PC problems, unable to transfer over 4GB to USB, usb drive file systems, USB Flash Drives. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.