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A 5 gig file won't fit onto an empty 16 gig flash drive? Answered

I have a 16 gigabyte flash drive that's relatively empty (13.7GB free space), and I was trying to put a 5 gigabyte .ISO file onto it.  However, when I try to copy the file to the flash drive, I get an error saying there is not enough space to put the file on the flash drive.  I know this is not true because I have over 13 gigs of free space.

Is there any reason for this weird error and is there any fix? This is kinda important.


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10 months ago

Hi there, I'm running into the same issue as discussed on this thread 3 years ago. I'm no IT wiz so followed the instructions on the last link. The output I'm getting is "Conversion from FAT32 volume to NTF volume is not available." Now what?

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2 years ago

Changing the drive from Fat32 to NTFS worked for me.


4 years ago

If you format the drive under NTFS then it will work. (BTW I just read this and fixed my problem! thanks bro)


Reply 4 years ago

That worked for me. My 16G Sandisk was legit bought at a big box office supply store and NTFS formatting fixed it right up. Thanks


4 years ago

Bit old as a topic but since someone felt the need to revive it:
Apart from filesystem "problems" these days fakes are a far bigger problem.
You can buy a 64GB stick only to find out it can only hold 4GB without loosing data.
Some smart asian guy realised that by adding 4 or 5 lines of code to the controller chip it can act like a digital video recorder on a loop.
You can format, you write and it all happens in the advertised size - because all date is overwritten once the real memory is full.
For the consumer these fakes are as hard to identify as the better fakes that just use slow and second grade memory chips.
In a shop you sometimes can spot the fake if you really know how the original packing looks, on pics through online sales it is basically impossible.
One dead give away is often the price.
If a genuine 64GB stick from Sandisk or similar has a retail price of over 100bucks but you can buy them online for under 50 you can be almost certain to be ripped off.
Sadly some really bad sellers realised this already and increased the prices for fakes to be at around 80% of the retail, some even claiming to be an authorised re-seller...
The only way to spot a fake is to pay attention before buying:
Check websites that explain and show the difference between a fake and the real one.
Research for the particular model you want.
If the one you want to buy will only raise one flag to be a possible fake avoid it!
Sometimes it is easy though.
If the manufaturer only sells UHD class10 from a certain size on than an online model of smaller size, also with UHD class10 will be a fake.
Another dead give away for brand name products is the registration.
They all allow you to register your new product for warranty claims, which you should do!
Don't use the link stated on the packing, go to the website and check for the registration form there!
If your number is rejected you got a fake, which will be confirmed after contacting the support.

The top fakes in order of losses to the user:
5. All working as advertised but a fake due to wrong casing and slower performance - not too bad if you got it dirt cheap anyway.
4. All working but with ongoing transfer problems and very slow speed.
Stopping transfers and really slow speeds often mean you got a compressed device, here all incoming data is compressed and unpacked during transfer.
Problem is that especially video files won't compress and that you never know how much empty space is really left.
3. All working at first and as expected but sometimes you find corrupted files.
Here second grade memory chips are used that either can't handle the speed or are simply faulty in some areas that are not blocked out as the memory size would end up to low.
Bin case as you never know if your data is complete once transfered.
2. OS struggles and even reports a different device or just some asian garbage as device info.
Here you only got a fancy looking enclosure with outdated and badly matched hardware inside.
Once the guy faking it can't be bothered to add the info the original uses you know it is bad enough to bin it.
1. The perfect fake.
Here we have really good matching packaging, a case with all the right markings (maybe not the hologram though) and seemingly fast speeds.
When then original is produced in Taiwan, Korea or China you have an extreme high chance that nothing goes to waste.
The original is tested extensively before it will be packed and shipped.
Everything that fails here should be recycled if possible, otherwise destroyed.
Sadly recycling over there often means just selling it as it is.
Only the final protections, like holograms and correct ID numbers are wrong, making it really hard to spot them and even harder to find the fault.
Sometimes it is only the speed and the user won't know because he uses and old USB1.1 port for the tranfer.
In other cases the device or memory chip might overheat and fail premature.
Or once you formatted into a different filesystem the entire thing just fails...


8 years ago

4gb file transfer limit.

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Reply 8 years ago

Thanks, I wasn't aware FAT32 had a cap on the file size.