How to split a file

There is no required knowledge to use GSplit. Advanced options are "optional": no need to study them for splitting your files.


Watch a video tutorial about these steps online with text balloons explaining what is going on.

You can follow these steps:

  1. Select the original file, that means the large file you want to divide into smaller files. Click the Original File item img in the Navigation Bar, then, directly enter the path to your original file or click Browse to select it. Each time a valid path to an existing file is found, GSplit will display information about that file.
    Note 1: you may drag & drop files from Windows Explorer onto the main window, or, in Windows Explorer, use the mouse context menu to select the file to split.
    Note 2: it is also possible to split multiple files in one time..

  2. You have to choose the destination folder for your piece files, i.e. where they will be created by GSplit: click Destination Folder img. This folder can be a drive like "A:\" or "E:\" or a standard folder on your hard disk like "C:\MY DOCUMENTS\SPLIT FILES". Each time a valid path is found, GSplit will display information about this destination folder.
    You may also want to empty the destination folder before creating pieces: enable "Remove Destination Folders Before Splitting". In that case, the destination folder is moved to the Recycle Bin or definitively deleted (see the last option in the Environment Options). Be careful about using this option!

  3. Decide which type of pieces you would like to create. Two piece types are available: disk spanned or blocked pieces. Click Type and Size under Pieces img. If you decide to create blocked piece files, do not forget to either enter a specific size for your pieces, how many pieces you want to create, or for a text file by example, how many lines you would like to have by piece. You may also click the "Predefined" button to choose a traditional size like 1.44Mb for a floppy disk.
    For instance: the disk spanned type is recommended for floppy disks, Zip, Flash disks... in other words, removable disks. Blocked pieces are useful for distribution over the Internet, on networks or through E-Mail, for backups on CD, DVD, hard disks, and even sometimes for floppy disks (if you exactly know the free space available on each disk you will need).
    Note: click here to learn how to split large text files into smaller ones.

  4. Optional: you can specify how GSplit should name each piece file. GSplit uses a mask to determine the filename of each piece. The field must, at least, contain one of the following variables: {num} or {oru} that will be replaced by the number of the piece, allowing you to create unique piece names in a set of pieces.

  5. You are ready to split your file. Other steps are for advanced users but you can still configure them if you wish. Click the Split buttonimg from the toolbar or press F5.

  6. GSplit will build your piece files, and it may ask you to enter specific disk(s) into the destination drive, especially when building disk-spanned pieces. Progress bars, indications, elapsed and estimated times are displayed during the operation; you can also pause/resume the splitting operation when you wish (or abort it).

  7. Once the operation is complete, GSplit displays a log of all operations performed. You can also verify the integrity of pieces.

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Note: GSplit uses an internal memory buffer to perform copy and check operations. You may change the size of this buffer in the "Split File!" page. By default, the size is set to 64kb.