Mar 18


If you’ve tried copying a file larger that 4GB to a thumb drive you might have received an error saying it’s full, when you know it’s not. Here is how to format a thumb drive in Apple format which will allow you to save larger files.

USB drives by default come formatted as something called MS-DOS 32 which is Windows compatible. Unfortunately it has a maximum limit on the size of any single file to be 4GB. So if you want to copy a very large file you can’t. (Eg OS-X Yosemite installer or large movie files).

Apple formatted thumb drives can handle large files.

Apple formatted drives are also faster. :-)

Here is how to format a thumb drive in Apple format.

NOTE: If you format a USB drive in Apple format it cannot be read by a Windows computer.


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