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Fixed: Not Enough Space to Copy Files on Hard Drive/USB/SD

Updated on Nov 29, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Do you know how to fix this issue when the system warns you with ‘not enough space to copy files’ error message? If your USB, SD card or hard drive doesn’t have enough space for file copying, what will you do? Reliable methods are available to help and fix this issue without losing any data now.

Destination disk has not enough space to copy file, help!

"Help! I can’t copy files to my USB flash drive since the computer warns me that the disk has not enough space. 

I don’t want to buy a new drive. Any free and reliable way help me out? How?"

Not enough space to copy files.

As we all know, when the destination disk has not enough space, the file transferring or file copying process will not succeed. Mostly, when users are facing such a problem, many of them would choose to delete or remove some useless or large files to other location. 
And some of them may think to encrypt big files or folders in the destination disk. If you neither want to delete files nor encrypt data on the target drive where you want to copy files to, just follow and find solutions in the below.

How to Fix 'Not Enough Space to Copy File' Error on Disk/USB/SD

First. IMPORTANT: Don’t do anything to the data in the original disk

To keep your data safe, we recommend you do nothing to the data saved in the original disk or hard drive in case of unexpected data loss.

Second. Clear and Free Up space on target disk or external storage device

As time goes by, the computer’s or storage devices’ space could be occupied by useless junk files and then total free space would be smaller and smaller. 
So the other way to fix ‘Copy file failure with not enough space’ error is to clear junk files and extend space on your hard drive or external storage devices such as USB and SD card. 
EaseUS free partition manager software can easily do the job for you with below guidelines:

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 Windows 10 is supported

#1. Clear junk files and useless large files to free up space on USB/SD or hard drive


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master. Select "Tools" and click "System Optimization".

choose system optimization

Step 2: Click "Junk File Cleanup". Then you can click "Analyze" to let EaseUS Partition Master find junk files on your PC.

choose junk file cleanup

Step 3: You can check and choose junk files and click Clean up. All of the selected junk files will be cleaned and deleted from your PC. Click "Yes" to clean up junk files.

Clean up junk files

#2. Extend space on hard drive/USB/SD card

1. Extend space on Windows hard drive partition
If your destination drive is Windows hard drive partition, you can directly apply EaseUS Partition Master Free to extend hard drive partition for help. 

2. Format to extend space on external hard drive/USB/SD
If your target disk is an external hard drive or USB, SD card with not enough space error, you can directly follow tips below for help:

  • Copy and move files from the destination disk to another secure location on your PC.
  • Format your external hard drive or USB, SD card to NTFS with full capacity.
  • Save files back and retry to copy target files to your destination disk - external hard drive/USB/SD card again.