2 Ways to Fix “The File is Too Large for the Destination File System”

Are You unable to transfer data from PC to USB or External Hard Disk?? Always facing an issue like “the file is too large for the destination file system” Error?? Then this would be the correct place to know the complete and  Simple way to come out of this file too large for the destination file system.

Nowadays in the market, we are getting data storage devices at a cheap price. Even I surprised that some files reach several Gigabytes in size. Sometimes when copying very large files from our PC to an external hard drive or USB memory, the operating system will not let us do the transfer. Rather it gives us the message that “File is too big for the destination file system”.

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the file is too large for the destination file system

Simple Ways to Fix the File is Too Large for the Destination File System:

This problem occurs mostly on Windows systems. Mainly When you are trying to copy or transfer a file of more than 4 Gigabytes to a USB drive or external hard drive. This is because external hard drives and USB drives usually use FAT32 format. This format has to address capacity of up to 32-bit which limits the size of the files to a maximum of 4 Gigabytes. That is why even if the destination devices have enough space to store the file. But due to the format, it is not capable of handling it.

In this article, we will show you how to fix the error “The file is too big” in 2 ways:

  • Method 1: Formatting the External Hard Disk or USB Memory.
  • Method 2: Converting the External Hard Disk or USB Memory to Another File Format.

Let’s start with the first one.

How to Fix “file is too large for the destination file system” by Formatting:

The Method name is only answering the complete process which we are going to do in this method. In this method, we are going to format the complete USB device or External hard disk.  Follow the below process to do it.

  • To format the USB memory or external hard drive, the first thing to do is a copy or backup of the important files that are in it. Keep in mind that when formatting, you will lose everything that is stored.
  • After you make your copy or backup you must access the File Explorer.
  • Once you are in the File Explorer, you will be shown all the units and devices.
  • Move the mouse over the USB memory drive or external hard drive and right click on it…
  • You will see a window with several options.  Select the Format option from the options.
  • Next, you will be shown the Format window where you will see the current configuration of the disk or USB memory.
  • The formatting Windows opens. Navigate to File System Option.

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  • By Default, it is selected as FAT32. You should change it to NTFS by selecting from the drop-down.
  • In the lower part of the window, you can check the Quick Format box if you wish. After that, click on the Start button.
  • Now Windows will then show you a Warning. It says: ” WARNING: if you format this disk, ALL the data in it will be deleted. To format the disk, click OK. To exit, click Cancel. “
  • Again we remind you that you must make a copy or backup if there are important files in the device. Because after formatting you will not be able to recover them.
  • Click on the OK button.
  • Depending on the size of the disk, it may take several minutes for the formatting to end. Once finished you will see a message that says Full Format Completed.

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  • Click on the OK button.

Now if you try again to copy the large file, you must be able to do it successfully with an error message like “The File is Too Big for the Destination File System”

How to Fix “file is too large for the destination file system” by Converting:

The alternative to formatting the disk is to convert it to another format. Basically, the process makes it take all the files that are on the USB memory or external hard drive and change the format keeping the files. Although this is the intention and most of the time it works well, we recommend that you make a copy of your files before proceeding.

To do this process just follow the below process.

  • Open Command Prompt.
  • You should know the letter that Windows assigned to your USB memory or hard drive.
  • In our example, as you can notice the letter H: it was the one assigned to it.
  • Then at the command prompt, you should type the following command:


  • Once you enter the command press the Enter key.

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  • By doing this you will see various data about the conversion such as the current format, disk size etc.
  • Depending on the size of your disk you should wait a few minutes until the file conversion ends

Once finished you can reuse your external hard drive or your USB device now in NTFS format. Which supports files larger than 4 Gigabytes. Now you can enjoy transferring of Large files directly without any issue.

The file is too large issue is solved

These are the 2 best ways to fix this Large file transfers without any risk. Both the Process are simple and easy to do. These methods will not even take much time as well. Now you know how to fix the error “the file is too large for the destination system”. Remember to leave us your comments and follow us on the social networks as well as visit Basictricks for more articles…

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