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Thread: How to move .mkv file to USB

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    I have a movie on my laptop that I want to share with my wife.
    Format of the file is .mkv. When I try to transfer it to USB I get an error(error code 0). I can watch the file without any problem with VLC player. It seems I can't transfer any .mkv files to USB.
    Any way around this? Oh and I'm on a mac.

    Any help much appreciated.

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    file may be too big to move to the usb stick....

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    How big is the file? If it's over 4GiB then you need to make sure the USB stick is formatted with something other than FAT32.
    Try NTFS.
    Or, if you have Windows7 on both machines (or you're willing to install an update for xp and vista machines) then you can use exFAT.

    Formatting loses all files on the drive so before formatting first backup the data to your hard drive.
    Then go to my computer -> right click the usb drive -> format -> choose ntfs or exfat -> format.
    Then move your data back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesco View Post
    How big is the file? If it's over 4GiB then you need to make sure the USB stick is formatted with something other than FAT32.
    Try NTFS.
    Or, if you have Windows7 on both machines (or you're willing to install an update for xp and vista machines) then you can use exFAT.

    Formatting loses all files on the drive so before formatting first backup the data to your hard drive.
    Then go to my computer -> right click the usb drive -> format -> choose ntfs or exfat -> format.
    Then move your data back.
    Yes, the file is over 4Gb but less than 8GB, USB takes 8GB.
    So I am on a mac and my wife is on windows xp. Can I still try to format to NTFS and it works with both my mac and wife's windows xp?

    Thanks for helping out

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    As the kind people above have stated theres a nice limitation on fat formatted usb sticks of 4 gig,so either format it to ntfs or exfat
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704
    Or make the file smaller that 4 GB or maybe split it
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkstate01 View Post
    As the kind people above have stated theres a nice limitation on fat formatted usb sticks of 4 gig,so either format it to ntfs or exfat
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704
    Or make the file smaller that 4 GB or maybe split it
    Thank you, but I think that exfat only is supported for Windows. I need a format that will enable me to move files from my mac to a USB, and then move those files to a Windows computer.

    Is NTFS compatible with mac OS X?

    I tried to reformat the USB to both exfat and NTFS.
    Neither is excepted by OS X.
    Any other formats availabe that could work for both windows and mac? If not how can I split this file to smaller pieces in OS X?
    Last edited by Wine; 06-27-2010 at 10:17 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Never used mac sorry, you need to spend a little time on mr google looking for mkv splitter programs so you can make the file a little bit smaller to serve your purpose.
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...es/ntfs3g.html
    thats for your question "Is NTFS compatible with mac OS X?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkstate01 View Post
    ... or maybe split it
    You make a good point.
    Just use winrar, set it to storage mode (no compression so it's very fast), and make it split volumes at a size smaller than 4GiB and you're good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkstate01 View Post
    Never used mac sorry, you need to spend a little time on mr google looking for mkv splitter programs so you can make the file a little bit smaller to serve your purpose.
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...es/ntfs3g.html
    thats for your question "Is NTFS compatible with mac OS X?"
    Wow, thanks a lot! Finally a solution to this, been frustrating a long time. NTFS does not work for mac but this ntfs-3g does.
    Downside is that it took much longer time to do the transfer to the USB than with the Fat32.

    Winrar is not supported for mac. But I'm sure if I google there will be some mkv splitter for mac also.

    Thank you all for help!

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    I don't use winrar i use 7 zip ,does exactly the same as winrar and some.
    http://www.7-zip.org/download.html
    mac is supported
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