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I recently downloaded some files that were over 4 GB, but they wouldn't do a direct transfer to an external HDD. This was attempted on a separate computer called Computer1.

My computer, called Computer2 (running Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate), is where I am trying to move the files to.

On Computer1, I used cmd to "soft format" the external HDD to NTFS so that I could use the drive to transfer the large files to Computer2.

The "soft format" was intended to allow the format to be converted to NTFS without losing the files existing there already. After the "soft format" process was completed, I checked the drive on Computer1, and all the old files were there and accessible.

But when I took the drive back to Computer2 to transfer the files, Computer2 would not recognize or mount the external drive. The external drive works fine on Computer1, though, so how do I get the drive to work again on Computer2?

When I try to mount it, I cannot access "Properties" in order to check the permissions.

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What operating systems? See for an example of the sort of problems that might arise if your "soft-format" relies on NTFS features that Computer 2's O/S doesn't support. – RedGrittyBrick Jun 27 '12 at 7:19
Did you check the permissions when still connected to Computer1? Perhaps try removing all restrictions. while there. – Julian Knight Jun 27 '12 at 10:06

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