The file is too large for the destination file system

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Reason for ‘file is too large for destination file system’ error

The file is too large for the destination file system

When dealing with “The file is too large for destination file system” error in Windows 10/8/7 or any previous version, you might not understand the reason why you cannot copy the file to your external hard drive, USB or other storage devices, though there are enough space.  The issue happens when your file is large than 4 GB and your external hard drive or USB flash drive is formatted in FAT32 (FAT32 has 4GB of max size

Solution

After understand the reason of “The file is too large for the destination file system” error, you can fix it with 2 following solutions:

Solution 1: Use Formatting to fix “The file is too large for the destination file system” error

It is the easiest method to convert FAT32 to NTFS but all available data on the drive will be deleted by formatting. Therefore, you should use this solution only when there is no file on your external hard drive or USB flash drive. Here’s 3 steps

Step 1: Right-click on USB drive or external hard drive
Step 2: Choose “Format”
Step 3: Convert to NTFS

Now you can resolve “The file is too large for the destination file system” error and completely copy a file larger than 4GB to the external USB drive or hard drive.

Solution 2: Without formatting to fix “The file is too large for the destination file system” error

In the situation that there are important data on your external hard drive or USB drive, the third-party partition software- EaseUS Partition Master which allows you to solve this issue without formatting is a good choice for you to convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss. This software is compatible in Windows 10/8/7 or any previous versions. Here is 2 steps

Step 1: Connect the hard drive to your computer, launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Step 2: Right-click the disk you need to change from FAT32 to NTFS and choose Convert to NTFS.

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Step 3: The pop-up panel will show the resource and destination file system, select OK to keep on.

Now you can resolve “The file is too large for the destination file system” error and completely copy a file larger than 4GB to the external USB drive or hard drive.

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