Trying to copy a file (Win7_IE8.vhd) to a USB drive.

The file is 9.07GB in size according to my Mac file info.

The USB drive is 16GB. I bought it new 10 minutes ago. This is its first use.

I get: The item "Win7_IE8.vhd" can't be copied because it is too large for the volume's format.

How can I overcome this issue to copy this file which seems like it should fit?

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The answer was that the default formatting was FAT32 which has a limit of 4GB per file.

The answer was to format the drive. As I'm copying from Mac to Linux I chose the Ex-FAT format, all the better to interchange with. I used the Disk Utility which is within a 'Utilities' folder which is itself at the bottom of the applications list.

  • Ex-Fat is the best option indeed. It reads and writes on OS X, Linux, and Windows systems.
    – Melwan
    May 25, 2013 at 17:16

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