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#1 Da_Nuke


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 00:08

I have an 80 GB iPod Classic I intend to use as external hard drive. The iPod Classic uses FAT32 for its filesystem, which means any file I save there will top out at 4 GB. Since at my job I deal very often with HUGE files and splitting and joining them is a gigantic pain in the ass, and my work computer's HD is pretty small, I've been looking for a software that works kinda like ImDisk (a driver that lets you mount disk images and read and write them), but spanning several files, kinda like a VMware VM using split HD image.

Things that are not a choice:
  • Formatting the iPod to NTFS. Every online guide I've read says this will bring all sorts of weird problems.
  • Using a VMware VM with the split HD image option. My work computer is old and has no hardware virtualization, so using a VM and connecting to it over SMB would be extremely slow, and this is not acceptable given that I work with gigantic files.

I literally have no clue as to what should I look for or anything like that. I'm not even sure if there exists any kind of software that does this. Any ideas?

#2 The King of GnG

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:52

Uhm, I highly there is a disk/drive emulator able to use an image split in several parts...

#3 REM2000


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:06

if you were using this on a mac i think you could get around this by creating a disk image that is a sparse image, i know a sparse image is a set of seperate smaller set of files, however ive never tried it myself.

The only other thing i could suggest is to setup a RAR file which is split across 2GBGB files and then keep adding and removing files from the archive. Again i haven't really tried it in a daily use type scenario so you would have to do a lot of testing before implementing it.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 16:57

"at my job I deal very often with HUGE files"

Wouldn't it be a better solution to just have your employer provide you with the tools you need? You can get a 500GB external for like $50, that you can format as NTFS and no longer has the 4GB file limit.

Or just buy your own if self employed, etc. If working with LARGE files be it you find a way around the 4GB limit or not, 80GB is not very many files of large size.