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Can you please tell me how I can copy a large file (11GB) to a thumb drive (16GB)? I am copying from Ubuntu and I get message saying that the file is too large when it reaches 4GB. I want a Windows machine to be able to read that file on the thumb drive after the copy.

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The android tag is a bit confusing here, since the question doesn't really mention anything about phones – Zoredache Feb 11 '11 at 21:38
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Format the thumb drive using NTFS. FAT32 limits you to 4GB.

If you need assistance with formating, follow the instructions in this link:

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The OP wants a "windows machine to be able to read that file on the thumb drive after the copy." – ngen Feb 11 '11 at 21:15
@Zoredache: To answer your question, there's no native support for android to support NTFS format from SD card. Since OP said thumb drive, I'm assuming USB type. – ngen Feb 11 '11 at 21:21
And NTFS happens to be the default Windows filesystem. – grawity Feb 12 '11 at 19:02

Alternative is to split it with a file splitter into <4 GB chunks. For example, you can use File Splitter. You will have to rejoin the files later though.

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why 'File Splitter' for windows when there is split on ubuntu? – akira Feb 14 '11 at 8:20
@akira, Because of the file needs to be used on Windows. – Vi. Feb 14 '11 at 10:48
first you have to split it on ubuntu in order to BRING it onto the stick. and you can easily merge the splitted files on windows via 'copy' (see – akira Feb 14 '11 at 12:24

If your version of Ubuntu supports it and you're Windows target is Vista or Windows 7, exFAT may be an option.

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Using a windows machine you can convert directly to NTFS without reformatting if you wish. Run this on the command line:

convert x: /fs:ntfs

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