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Browser to download more than 2GB
IE6 won't, IE7 won't, Netscape 8.1 won't ...

 10:12 pm on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am trying to download a large file from a major OS-maker's website. It is listed as 2.6 GB.

3 browsers have quit after 2.00GB. MS says this is a problem w/ IE6, but afaik says nothing about IE7. But it did the same thing. This is after I tried in Netscape 8.

So ... can anyone suggest a browser that will work?




 10:21 pm on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)



 12:09 am on Feb 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I suspect it's a problem with Windows rather than just the browser.

Is the file only available via http? If so, blame the distributor, http isn't meant for the transfer of files of that size. FTP is a much better solution, using a proper FTP client (Filezilla, for example) which supports resuming and pausing downloads. BitTorrent is a good alternative too. Is the file available via FTP or BitTorrent?


 12:55 am on Feb 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Trying Firefox next.

MS distributes it only on HTTP as far as I can tell -- or order the DVD. But I want it this week ... OK, Monday, not 4 weeks from now. I agree it should be available via FTP ... but MS didn't ask me!



 2:25 am on Feb 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a feeling that FAT32 is limited to a maximum file size of 2GB (might be 4GB). Are you using NTFS or FAT32?

This unlikely to be browser-related since the download operation would simply use the API function WriteFile to keep adding data in blocks of a few KB.



 2:49 am on Feb 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

There’s a longstanding bug in Gecko [bugzilla.mozilla.org] that breaks downloads over 2gig.

Your best bet would be to use an FTP client I think.

[edited by: Robin_reala at 2:50 am (utc) on Feb. 18, 2007]


 6:21 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm on NTFS, not FAT32. FAT32's limit is 4GB. The 2GB limit is the size of a FAT16 partition iirc.

Firefox 2 quit at the same place -- 2GB.

Opera 9 got further, but errored out at 2.1 GB.

I gave up & ordered the DVD ... It's not the $6 shipping I mind, but I wanted it w/o waiting 2-4 weeks!

Would have done FTP, but they put it only on the HTTP site.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions.


 7:33 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

So you've just downloaded 10 gigs of nothing?

I'd send MS your internet bill for this month.


 8:14 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

Speaking of which, before you blame the browser, check your Internet service. I am restricted to satellite, paying a premium for "Professional" grade access (yeah, I laugh myself out of sucicide) and when the download exceeds the daily maximum allowance in a 24 hour period, you get throttled back to supposedly X KB/sec. In reality the connection just drops and you're hosed. I might as well jump in a volcano if I had to download 2 GB.


 8:28 pm on Feb 22, 2007 (gmt 0)


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