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Fixes for ‘File Is Too Large for Destination File System’ on USB/External Hard Drive

Updated on Dec 12, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
Get 'The file is too large for the destination file system' error message while coping larger files with size more than 4GB to a USB flash drive or an external hard drive? Here you can learn how to fix the matter in Windows 10/8/7 by formatting FAT32 to NTFS for free or converting FAT32 to NTFS without formatting the partition using third-party software.

Reason for 'file is too large for destination file system' error

"Yesterday, when I tried to copy some large files including Windows 10 ISO files, backup images of my operating system, movies, personal video files, and other data to my 32 GB external hard drive, I received the error message "The file is too large for the destination file system." I don't know why it happened as there were tons of free space on the disk. Anyone can help?"

The file is too large for the destination file system

When facing "The file is too large for the destination file system" issue in Windows 10/8/7 or any other previous version, you might not figure out that why would you not be able to copy the file to your external hard drive, USB drive or some other storage devices when there is sufficient free space. The problem occurs because your files are large than 4 GB and your external hard drive or USB flash drive is in the FAT32 file system, of which the maximum file size is 4GB. 

Possible solutions

After figuring out the reason for "The file is too large for the destination file system" issue, you can fix it in Windows 10/8/7 or any other previous Windows version with ease. Here we will introduce you two easy solutions. We will show you how to use these two solutions to fix "The file is too large for the destination file system" error with simple steps.

Solution 1: Formatting FAT32 to NTFS for free with Windows built-in feature

Formatting is the easiest way for you to convert FAT32 to NTFS. But it will erase all the existing data on the drive. So, it is recommended only when there are no files on your external hard drive or USB flash drive. Here's how to do it for free with Windows built-in format feature.

Step 1: Right-click on the USB drive or external hard drive.

Step 2: Click "Format".

Step 3: Change the type to NTFS.

Done!! Now you can fix the issue "The file is too large for the destination file system" and can successfully copy a file larger than 4GB to the external USB drive or hard drive.

Solution 2: Converting FAT32 to NTFS without data loss using third-party software

And if there are important data on your external hard drive or USB drive, you might need a better solution. Converting FAT32 to NTFS without data loss using EaseUS Partition Master, a popular third-party partition software is an optimal choice. It allows you to fix "The file is too large for the destination file system" issue without formatting. The program can work in Windows 10/8/7 or any other previous versions. Here is the guide.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

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Step 2: Select a FAT32 partition, right-click on it and select "Convert to NTFS". If you need to convert a storage device such as SD card or USB flash drive to NTFS, insert it into your PC first and repeat the previous operation.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up dialog box to continue.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 4: Go to the upper left corner, click the "Execute 1 Operation" button and you will see the operation details. Click "Apply" and "Finish" when the process completes.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

After finishing all the steps, you can convert your USB flash drive, SD card, or external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS and copy files larger than 4GB successfully.