How To Fix File is too Large for Destination File System, All Methods

Yesterday I was transferring some huge files from my PC Hard drive to USB everything was going very smooth but suddenly a system Notification/ Message Pop-Up, with a not so sweet message at-all “File is too Large for Destination File System“. So I was not able to copy the big file due to this error, but not for too long. I just did a small thing and then I was able to copy the same file. So in this article, I am going to share all the methods to solve this error on USB/external hard drive.

Fix File is too Large for Destination File System Error

Let me clear it out first, that “File is too Large for Destination File System” is not an error, it is just a limitation of FAT 32 Partition and our system warn us about it. Nothing else. To solve this issue, You just need to convert your usb drive from FAT32 to NTFS.

Why you are getting Fix File is too Large for Destination File System Error?

You get this error due to the Maximum File size limitation of FAT 32 Partition which is sadly 4GB Maximum. And that’s why you are getting “File is too Large for Destination File System” Error message. For more ease, we are comparing both the Partition (FAT32 & NTFS) here in the table below. And you will also understand that’s why the converting the partition is the best solution.

FAT32 v/s NTFS

Fix File is too Large for Destination File System Error

How To Fix File is too Large for Destination File System

There are various method to solve “File is too Large for Destination File System” Error on USB/external hard drive. I am covering most of them here in the article. Make sure to copy all the files/folder to a safe place. Because in First 2 Methods  “Your Data will be lost”.

Fix File is too Large for Destination File System Using Windows built-in format feature

  1. Open My Computer or This PC.
  2. Right click on USB drive  or external hard drive.
  3. Click Format.
  4. Change the File System to NTFS.
  5. Click on Start.
Done!! Now you can copy the files without any “File is too Large for Destination File System” Error on USB/external hard drive.

Solve File is too Large for Destination File System Using CMD

  1. Type CMD in the Search box.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt
  3. Click on Run as Administrator
  4. Enter the command, convert <drive> /fs:ntfs /nosecurity

Replace <drive>  with the drive letter of your USB or external hard drive, for example convert F: /fs:ntfs /nosecurity

Done!! Now you can copy the files without any “File is too Large for Destination File System” Error on USB/external hard drive.

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Solve File is too Large for Destination File System Using third-party software

Fix File is too Large for Destination File System Error

There are many third party software which can Convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss. You can use one of them to Fix “File is too Large for Destination File System Error on USB/external hard drive.. I am using 3 Softwares, Use one of them if you want to skip the File Coping/Backup step.

  1. Download EaseUS Partition MasterAOMEI Partition Assistant / MiniTool Partition Wizard,  install it.
  2. Connect the USB or hard drive to your computer, launch the software.
  3. Right-click the disk you want to convert from FAT32 to NTFS and select Convert to NTFS.
  4. The pop-up dialog box will show the source and destination file system, click OK to continue.
  5. Now click on Apply (in EaseUS/ AOMI) and  Start on pop up in Mini Tool.

Fix File is too Large for Destination File System Error

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I hope this post will help you out to solve the “File is too Large for Destination File System” Error on USB/external hard drive. So not trying anyone form the above method try to copy the same file this time it will be successfully transferred. That’s it. Keep visiting. and share any other idea which will help to solve this problem. Thank You.

Sourabh Kumar

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Sourabh Kumar is the founder of weobserved.com, he is a Tech savvy Engineer, Artist, and a Blogger, living in Jaipur, India. He is a fan of photography, technology, Robotics, and Creative Artworks. He is also interested in programming and innovation. He loves technology, gadgets and Spends lots of time with them.

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