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Fix 'File is too Large for Destination File System' Error on USB/external hard drive

Updated on May 09, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
Get 'The file is too large for the destination file system' error message while coping a 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 issue in Windows 10/8/7 by formatting FAT32 to NTFS for free or converting FAT32 to NTFS without formatting 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 are 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 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 are sufficient free space. In fact, the problem occurs because your file is large than 4 GB and your external hard drive or USB flash drive is formatted in FAT32 format. You know, the max file size for FAT32 is 4GB. 

Possible solutions for the file is too large for destination file system error

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: 

Solution 1. Formatting FAT32 to NTFS for free with Windows built-in format feature
Solution 2. Converting FAT32 to NTFS without data loss using third-party software

Next 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. Fix "The file is too large for the destination file system" issue by formatting

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.

1. Right click on USB drive or external hard drive
2. Click format
3. Change the type to NTFS

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

Solution 2. Fix "The file is too large for the destination file system" issue without formatting

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 a nice 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. Connect the hard drive drive to your computer, launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Step 2. Right-click the disk you want to convert from FAT32 to NTFS and select Convert to NTFS.

Convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 3. The pop-up dialog box will show the source and destination file system, click OK to continue.

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