4 Fixes: The File is Too Large for the Destination File System

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         This article solves the error The File is Too Large for the Destination File System with 4 working methods

One day I was trying to copy a file to my flash drive, and then I got an error

“The file is too large for the destination file system pen drive”
The file is too large for the destination file system

I wondered, because the file size was only 4.26 GB and my pen drive capacity is 8 GB. I again and again checked the size of file and the free space available on the drive.
I tried many techniques, but I failed in each methods. Finally I found the reason; that was due to my pen drive format. The pen drive format was FAT32 which supports single files with maximum size of 4GB. After changing the format of the drive, I could save large sized files.

Let us see the steps:

Here you need to format your pen drive with NTFS format which supports large sized files.
  • Open “Computer” (This PC or My Computer).
  • Right click on your pen drive, from given context menu, take ‘Format’.
  • In format window, choose ‘NTFS’ as file system. Then perform a Quick format by pressing the ‘Start’ button. 
Formatting pendrive from FAT32 to NTFS

Ready. Now you can store large sized files on your pen drive.

Note: Formatting will lose all your existing data on your pen drive, so you should backup the date into another drive before formatting.

Solution without Losing data or Formatting:

If you can’t backup your data due to any reason, you can try these ways:
  • Method 1: Changing or Converting from FAT32 to NTFS by command prompt without losing your data.
For this, take your command prompt, (Window key + R, type ‘cmd’).
Type :

                 Convert <Your Drive letter>: /FS:NTFS  

Then hit enter, where <Your Drive letter> denotes your pen drive letter (see on ‘Computer’)

Pen drive letter for formatting from FAT32 to NTFS

Example :
                    Convert J: /FS:NTFS 

Convert FAT32 to NTFS without lossing data or formatting

(You need to wait some time to complete the conversion process)
  • Method 2: By compressing your file. 
You can decrease the file size by file compressor like WinRAR. So you can reduce the file size smaller than 4GB. (Try this method if your file size is below 5GB, and choose best compression option while compressing)

  • Method 3: By Splitting you file
You can spit your large sized file into small pieces. Then store on the pen drive. After reaching at the destination, you can join the split files. HJSplit is a good free splitter software for file splitting and joining.

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