Get over the 4GB limitation on FAT32 file-system very easily

If your USB flash drive (or any other storage device) is FAT32, you’ll face the 4GB limit. This file system has a ‘natural’ limitation for the maximum file size it can handle, which is 4GB. The partition itself can have a greater size, but you will not be able to create files greater than 4GB. The only way to solve the problem (beside splitting yours files to a limit of 4GB each using a spitting tool) is by converting the FAT32 partition of your USB flash drive to NTFS which can handle files of a greater size.

The simplicities way to do this is using Windows’ native conversion utility which works from the command prompt. Assuming the drive letter of your USB flash drive is is K:, here is what you have to do:

1. Open the Command Prompt (if you have Windows XP: Start > Run > cmd; if you have Windows 7 or Vista: type ‘cmd’ in your Start > ‘Search programs and files’).
2. Type: convert k: /fs:ntfs (substitute k: with the letter of the USB flash drive of the partition you wish to convert, then press enter)

Thats it, after a while the partition will be converter to NTFS.

Note: NTFS is a fault-tolerant and more efficient than FAT32, beside, handle files of a greater size and provides performance improvements.

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  • take a 4GB USB stick and reformat it as FAT32.
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