Transferring 4GB files

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by PaulSB, 4 Aug 2012.

  1. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    I have an old HP laptop which was replaced a few months back. Slowly but surely I've transferred all the important stuff to the new machine and EHD for back up purposes.

    I still have 5 video files, each of around 4GB, to transfer. These are files created by transferring old VHS to digital. It's all family stuff, kids growing up etc. and I still have VHS tapes.

    Each time I try to copy or move these I get a message saying there is insufficient memory and get a message suggesting I delete old files and run Disc Clean up, which I have done. So far I've tried the following different, but ultimately identical actions:

    Send to
    Cut and paste
    Copy and paste

    Then I've gone on to email to myself - never finished loading the attachment.

    Next tried YouSendIt but after five hours still hadn't loaded. It now seems YSI and similar have a 2GB per file limit.

    I can transfer the VHS to digital again though it's a hassle. Two questions:

    Any suggestions on how to do this?

    Secondly how can I avoid the problem in the future?
  2. berty bassett

    berty bassett Guru

    you cant email files that big but in the risk of being the vague ist answer ever on this forum - somewhere in the computer there is a setting that you can change to let you move bigger files to stop that memory message coming up - is it one big avi file or 4 one g files in a folder - cant you burn them to dvd and have playable dvd back up
  3. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

  4. subaqua

    subaqua What’s the point

    hjsplit from freebyte its free and will split the files into small sections . copy them one by one ontothe new device and them rejoin them
  5. rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    Burn them to DVD?
    Use WInrar to create several smaller archives?
    Assuming you have both PCs on a network, copy them to the other PC?
    MattHB likes this.
  6. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    Get a pen drive? An 8 gig one will only cost a few quid
    Norm likes this.
  7. rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    If you do that, format it as NTFS as FAT32 has a 4GB limit
    gaz and MattHB like this.
  8. ohnovino

    ohnovino Large Member

    IIRC, if the flash drive is formatted as FAT32 then there's a 4GB limit per file, and you'd need to reformat it as NTFS to take a larger file.

    edit: I should have typed faster!
  9. OP

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    WOW - first many thanks for all the ideas. Good thing I had a decent ride last night as I know how Saturady morning is going!! They are all 4GB individual files

    Like the sound of this.

    That's also a thought. Thank you

    Tried that one without any luck

    I shall investigate and as a last resort look at DVDs.

    Just one last question, I hope, is it the old laptop that has the memory problem?This has been my presumption. The EHD and USB sticks I've used are brand new. The old laptop is 5-6 years old.
  10. RhythMick

    RhythMick Über Member

    ^^ This ^^
  11. ian turner

    ian turner Über Member

    EHD ? You are taking pills for that aren't you ?

    See ohnovino's post about FAT32 and NTFS ?
    Well they happen to be right.
    All external usb drives (well most of them if not all) come formatted as FAT32 as that's the one format that will work on a pc, apple and ps3 so they don't format them as NTFS. If you haven't reformatted as NTFS then none of your external drives will accept 4gb+ files. Take one of your usb flash drives and reformat it as NTFS and use that to transfer your large files. Then reformat the usb hard drive and repeat the backup.
    2Loose likes this.
  12. Leedsbusdriver

    Leedsbusdriver Neither a vice president or executive member

    Upload to Youtube (make them private if you don't want anyone to see them) Then use a Youtube converter to download onto your new laptop.
    Delete your videos off Youtube when done if you want.
  13. RhythMick

    RhythMick Über Member

    Who cares ? Leave it going while you grab a beer and watch the Olympics.
  14. Octet

    Octet Über Member

  15. Norm

    Norm Guest

    I'm guessing the FAT32 limit is the problem, which crossover cables won't help.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice