How to Fix ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ Error in Windows 10

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The error ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ appears when we try to copy files to flash drive. Even if the destination flash drive has enough storage still this error prompted. So, why this is so? In this article, we are mentioning some easy fixes to fix ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ error, by following all the mentioned methods you can easily fix this issue.

When transferring files over Windows 10/8/7 or other versions error ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ prompted up and you might be unable to figure out what’s the reason is? So before moving on to fixes, firstly we need to discuss the cause behind ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ error.

Reason for ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ Error

The primary reason behind the error ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ is the file you want to transfer have size more than 4GB. You may be wondering so what’s the issue your Flash Drive have enough space at least more than 4GB, so why the error. The error is because your flash drive uses the FAT32 file system by default and FAT32 has a maximum 4GB of file size. However, the total file size supported by FAT32 is 2TB but it has a limitation which is that an individual file should not be greater than 4GB.

So that’s the main cause why your system is prompting such an issue. Now let’s see how to fix the ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ error. Follow the given methods to resolve this error

Method 1 – Format FAT32 to NTFS

After we are getting the major cause of ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ error, we can fix it easily by formatting USB drive and converting the file system from FAT32 to NTFS. Follow the following steps to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS and resolve ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ error

[Warning: Formatting will do the work easy and after that, you can easily convert the file system, but it will also vanish all the data in the drive. So, kindly save your drive’s data to hard disk or some other storage device.]

  • Insert the USB drive or external SD Card into PC.
  • Go to My Computer or This PC and locate the drive you inserted.
  • Right-click on it.
  • Navigate to Format.
  • Change the file system to NTFS from FAT32.
  • Click Start, then OK.
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That’s it you are done here, you have successfully fixed the error ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’, now enjoy sharing files from your PC to USB Drive more than 4GB in size.

Why NTFS?

After converting the file system or before formatting your file, you might have a question in your mind that why we are converting to file system to NTFS? So, the reason is NTFS has a maximum file size limit of 256TB, and I hope your computer would not carrying a file of size more than 256TB. With the maximum 256TB of file size provided by NTFS, we can transfer almost everything.

  • NTFS has a maximum file size limit of 256TB.
  • FAT32 has a maximum file size limit of 4GB.
  • FAT12 has a maximum file size limit of 32MB.

I hope this information would help you to know more about the file size limits of file systems including NTFS (New Technology File System) and FAT (File Allocation Table).

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Method 2- Converting FAT32 to NTFS without Data-loss

If there is important data in your drive and you don’t want to format it, so here is a better option you can convert FAT32 to NTFS without any data loss and by using third-party partition tool- EaseUS Partition Master. This will allow you to fix the ‘File Too Large for Destination File System’ error without any data loss. To know how it will work, follow the given instructions

  • Download the EaseUS Partition Master and install it.
  • After installing, launch the program on your computer.
  • Insert the USB drive or external SD Card into PC.
  • Go to My Computer or This PC and locate the drive you inserted.
  • Right-click on it.
  • Navigate to Format.
  • Choose FAT32 partition, right-click on it
  • Click, “Convert to NTFS“.
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  • A pop-up dialog box will appear, Click on OK.
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  • At the top-left corner, click on Execute 1 Operation.
  • All the operation details will appear on the screen.
  • Click on Apply, and then Finish, to complete the process.
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After completing all the above-mentioned steps, you have successfully converted the FAT32 to NTFS file system without any data loss, and now you can share files up to 256TB in size without any error saying “File Too Large for Destination File System”.

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Method 3- Split the file

If you do not want to go with both methods mentioned above, neither you want to format your drive’s data nor you want to use a third-party partition tool- EaseUS Partition Master. So here’s the third and most efficient method through which you can easily fix the error “File Too Large for Destination File System”, i.e. splitting your file, if you are trying to share a file of 6GB size you can split it into two files each of 3GB in size and then you can transfer it to the flash drive.

To do so, follow the following steps, and solve the “File Too Large for Destination File System” error.

  • Archive your file to .rar extension by using any free software available on the internet.
  • Hit the archive on the targeted file, to split it into two-pieces.
  • Copy or transfer these two split files to the hard drive, or flash drive.
  • After transferring, right-click on it.
  • Choose “Extract Archive here” or “Extract here” option.
  • All the files inside the .rar extension will be extracted there.

That’s it you have successfully transferred the file from your PC to the USB drive without any error prompting File Too Large for Destination File System.

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Final Words

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So here we have discussed three methods to transfer the files between PC and USB drive and without struggling with the error saying, “File Too Large for Destination File System.” I hope this was helpful and you have found the fix to your problem. If your issue hasn’t solved yet, try to write at Windows Feedback Hub to file a bug.

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KJ
KJ
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