My thumb drive is bad at math
April 5, 2011 10:57 PM Subscribe
Why won't a 5 gig .avi file fit on my empty 8 gig thumb drive?
posted by msalt to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My SanDisk Cruzer flash drive (formatted FAT32) shows 8 gigs of unused space. Plugged into my older Windows XP SP3 machine, I can put at least 7.45 gigs of smaller files on it. But when I try to copy a single 5.55 gig AVI file, it says the disk in the destination drive is full.
Doesn't matter if I right-click and Send to F: drive, drag the file, or try to copy from the command line. Zipping it down to 4.7 gigs changed nothing. The thumb drive is fully emptied, checked for disk problems and defragmented. Suggestions? Would formatting the thumb drive NTFS make a difference?