By juliana | September 5, 2008
A few months ago, yuthavong bought a Western Digital 500GB My Book external hard disk. He tested it out and found out it was a bit too noisy for his tastes. So I gets it. Yay! I’m more tolerant of buzzing noises because my desktop has a constant buzz–but I have to admit, the My Book is a lot noisier than I expected and even I switch it off when I’m not using it.
Today, though, I decided to move off some of my Virtual Machine files to the My Book and clear up some of my hard disk. So I switched it on, plugged it in and tried to copy and paste it into the disk…
Windows tells me the file is too large for the destination file system. Bu-wha-? My virtual hard disks is over 4GB…but I checked! My Book had over 350GB free space! I thought it was the network problem (so I plugged it in direct), I thought it was read-only thing (resetting it did nothing), I was scratchin’ my head until I Goggled and figured it out….
The darn thing was formatted in FAT32. Did you know FAT32 doesn’t accept files larger than 4GB? Now WHY a 500GB storage space is formatted in FAT32 is beyond me!
But now, I’ve got a dilemma.
1) if this was a new disk, I’d be able to reformat it (Right clicking the Drive in My Computer and Format)
2) but I got data, … luckily, on a Windows, you can convert your disk on the fly!
a) Run the command prompt as Administrator (Start->Command Prompt->Right-click->Run as Administrator)
b) At the command prompt, type
C:\Users\J>convert f: /fs:ntfs /nosecurity
where f: is the drive of your external hard disk.
And …tada! Two hours of trying to figure out what the heck was wrong, and fixed in 2 minutes.
Sooooo typical of a computer problem for ya.
UPDATE: When prompted to “Enter the current volume label for drive [Drive Letter Here]“, if your drive has a label, you need to enter it (e.g. “My Passport” without the quotations). If your drive doesn’t have a label, just press the enter key for blank.
To find the volume label (if there is one specified), go to ‘My Computer’, right-click the drive you’re trying to convert, select Properties. In the General tab, the volume label is the name in the first field.