Oct
01

Can’t Transfer Large Files to LaCie External Drive

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I picked up a LaCie Little Disk 320GB hard drive to store some files I’d previously had on my iPod Classic.  I have several large data files that are upwards of 8GB.  When I went to transfer one of these over, the transfer failed at about 4GB with the following error message:

“Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred (Error code -1309)”
After trying several times, I started looking at what might be wrong with the drive.  Turns out the drive comes formatted from the store as FAT32 which has a file limitation of 4GB.  I assumed that since I bought the drive from the Apple Store (stupid assumption), that it would be formatted for the Mac out of the box.
The fix was simple in case you ever run into this.  In fact, it’s a good practice to reformat any external drives or data storage devices prior to using them just to be safe.  Here are the steps:
  1. BACKUP ANYTHING YOU HAVE SAVED ON THE DRIVE.
  2. Launch Disk Utility, select the external drive you want to reformat in the left hand column.
  3. Go to the Erase tab, set the drop down menu to the file system you want to use (Mac OS Extended…), then click Erase.
  4. Your new external drive will be ready to use.




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