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sotho
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Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Hi, I have a quick question - is it possible to transfer files larger than 4gb to the tablet's (Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus) internal harddrive from a computer? I've understood that you can't do that if you're using an external SD card (due to the fat32 file system being required), but I'm not sure whether it also applies to the internal drive? Thanks.
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HenryZ
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

The file system used on the SD card is exFAT if you're using 64 GB cards and above. The tablet officially supports cards up to 128 GB so it has support for these type of cards (SDXC).
sotho
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Not sure if you understood my question. So if I buy a Lenovo Tab 4 with 64gb+ internal storage I will be able to transfer files larger than 4gb to its drive because it will be exFAT? Sorry if I read your answer wrong.

I'm looking to buy this tablet, but the inability to transfer files larger than 4gb is a problem.
HenryZ
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

If you're using the internal storage of the device the capacity doesn't matter - you won't run into trouble regarding file size restrictions. I think you may have gotten the FAT32 issue from the fact that SD cards of 32 GB and smaller use that file system (and it has indeed such a size restriction), but like I said SDXC cards as well as internal storage uses a different file system where there either are no limits or they are way bigger than the capacity of the entire storage.
sotho
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Ok, I see. Reason I'm asking is that apparently these tablets only recognize FAT32 for external SDs (since Lenovo didn't buy the license for exFAT or NTFS) so you have to reformat them to FAT32 in order to use them and hence the size restriction. But if that doesn't apply to the internal storage - then I'm good.
HenryZ
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

I just told you that this is not true, the tablet supports exFAT for SD cards because it can accept cards of 128 GB capacity and those are exFAT by definition.
yun33
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Hi There,
Which version of Android is your tablet running?
Thanks,
T
netia
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

@sotho posted correct info and ... it is you who is wrong, @ HenryZ.

I happen to use 128 GB external SD card in my Lenovo Tab 3 Plus.

Despite the card being originally delievered with exFat - the first thing my tablet did with it (upon mounting) was REFORMATING it into Fat32 !   Smiley LOL

sotho
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Did you try to reformat the card as internal storage? Then the file sizes won't be a problem, I suppose?
HenryZ
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Re: Transferring files larger than 4gb to Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

@netia

Thanks for pointing that out! A quick research shows that you're not the only one having experienced this so I believe you. Lenovo is clearly deceiving its customers with this as supporting SDXC cards means also having to support exFAT because according to the specification of SDXC cards that is the only file system they use.

My opinion on Lenovo is even lower now and sorry to the OP for having guided you in the wrong direction.

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