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How to download a file more than 4gb onto SDCard

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  1. Casperf1

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    Hey there. I've been recently trying to download files that are quite large in size, some around 7gb in size. However, when I try downloading them directly to my phone (I download whilst I'm asleep) if it is over 4gb in size, I get a notification saying how I can't do it. So, after looking around, I discovered that it was due to the card being in FAT32 format, and was recommended to reformat it to NTFS. I have done that and mounted it by using an app for mounting NTFS cards (I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S3 (I9300)). However, I still can't download files that are over 4gb.

    Any help is really, really appreciated. My SD is 32gb by the way, and just for extra clarification, I am using a rooted Galaxy S3 running stock 4.1.1. Again, I really appreciate any help, I couldn't find anything useful by searching around, thanks for your time. And more than a little bit of your patience.
     

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    Try reformatting the card as EXT4, the maximum filesize is 16Tb. The phone should be able to access the card, as the underlying OS Kernel is Linux, and EXT4 is a native Linux filesystem.
     
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    I'm sorry, I'm not sure I understand you. About the Linux part? I am running Windows 7.
     
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    If he format it in Linux format (ext4), he wouldn't be able to use it with Windows, unless there is a utility that can be used. Stupid Windows will not read/write linux format.

    Have you read this guide, it looks useful. I haven't tried it though I use Linux as my desktop. I may give it a shot sometime.

    hecksagon's Guide to NTFS, SD Cards, and File Sizes 4gb+
     
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    The link you posted seems very useful. Thanks for that, I'll let you know how it works out when I get the chance to try it tomorrow.
     
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    So, I tried the link you sent me and it worked perfectly, thanks so much for your help. I really, really appreciate it, you've saved me a lot of hassle. I'd thank the guy who made the guide but... I think I'm about 5 months late. Thanks again!
     
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