Problems with copy and move

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Fri Jul 28 21:51:55 UTC 2006

> I am trying to copy a 8 GB file from my Linux partition onto
> one of my Windows partitions (in this case a FAT32). However,
> I can only copy about 4 gigs and then it complains about the
> file size limit has been reached or simular.

FAT32 has a maximum file size of 4 gigs (okay, 4-gigabytes minus 
a couple bytes of overhead, truth be told).  If it were FAT16, 
you might only get to about 2 gigs.

A couple ideas:

You might be able to compress the file on your Linux side of 
things and then send the compressed version over to the FAT32.  I 
don't know if Zip has any sort of problem with such large files. 
  Using gzip or bzip/bzip2 might have better success with the matter.

You might be able to, with the proper drivers, copy the file to 
an NTFS partition (which has some astronomical filesize limit of 
something like 16 exabytes).

I think those are your best options.


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