A few weeks ago I picked up a Western Digital Passport 160 (because 240GB isn't enough...). It had given me a write error several times and it was "on my list to fix" and today it got to the top. I did a full scan disk and it came back clean. Sigh, I guess it is either my new laptop having a problem writing an 13gb file through the USB port using Vista (ugh) or the new drive is defective (ugh). Ok, well reformatting should take care of bad sectors, but I already have data on the device. OK, this is going to be ugly. So I try to copy the file again and really read the error and realize that it is telling me that it can't put a file of that size on that file system. No way! There is no way they would have formatted the drive as FAT. I go into properties and there it is, FAT32. Sigh.
Ok, I admit I should have read the message in a different manner and I should have not assumed that it would come formatted with NTFS. On the other hand FAT32 is a decade old kludge and it really should just go away. Also, the message could have been clearer by telling me that the volume was formatted with FAT32 which didn't support really large files. The solution was running the convert command from a CMD prompt. But not a regular CMD prompt, a CMD prompt logged in as administrator. A "typical" user would not have been able to come to this conclusion and resolution by themselves.
However you take this it boils down to beware of the new supporting the old.
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