The file is too large for the destination file system error is a very common error which we get while copying any file from Windows to Pendrive. This error normally occurs when the file is too large, and normally it happens with ZIP, RAR or ISO file extension.

One day I was trying to copy one 14GB game from my friend computer to my Pendrive, and I got the error which was saying the “file is too large for the destination file system.”  I was confused what to do now? I started reading about this error and found that this error generally occurs while transferring big files to Pendrive. So I looked at the solution of this error, and here I am going to tell you, how I fixed the file is too large for the destination file system error while copying big files from PC to Pendrive.

How to fix the file is too large for the destination file system with formatting

fix-the-file-is-too-large-for-destination-file-system-error ATTENTION PLEASE!! If you are looking for how to fix the file is too large for the destination file system error without formatting then please read the next paragraph because that method is bit complicated, but if your Pendrive doesn’t contain any primary file, then you can simply do by formatting it. 

Here are steps that you should follow to fix the file is too large for the destination file system error while copying larger files-

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1- Insert your Pendrive to PC-

First of all, insert your Pendrive to the PC where you want to copy the larger file. Make sure that your PC read the Pendrive.

2- Open My Computer-

my computerNow you need to open My Computer option and look for your Pendrive name. The shortcut key to open My Computer is Windows+E (Now click on My Computer option in the Left sidebar).

 3- Right Click on Pendrive Folder-

In the next step, you need to the right click on Pendrive folder name and choose Format option.

4- Change File System Property from FAT32 to NTFS-

fat 32 to ntfsOnce you click on Format button, you will have an option to choose file system type. The default property is set to FAT32, and you need to select NTFS. Also, change the allocation size to default.

5- Click on Format button-

confirm formatAfter selection file system type from FAT32 to NTFS, click on the format button and confirm it. Now, wait for sometimes. Once you get a popup- Formatted, go back to the archive which you were trying to copy but failed because if error the file is too large for the destination file system. Now retry to send, and you won’t get this error anymore.

format completedThis is how you can solve the file is too large for the destination file system error while transferring larger file size from PC to external drive. Now the next paragraph is for those whose Pendrive containing important data, and they don’t want to lose it. So they need to change file system from FAT32 to NTFS without formatting the drive, and it’s possible with the help of some third party software.

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Fix the file is too large for the destination file system without formatting

It’s possible to change the file system property of hard-disk from FAT32 to NTFS with the help of a tool called EaseUS Partition Master. This is software for Windows PC which helps in drive partition and changes the file system property.

Follow these simple steps to fix the file is too large for the destination file system error without formatting the drive-

  • Download EaseUS Partition Master software for Windows.
  • Install it on your PC and connect your Hard-disk or Pendrive with PC.
  • Now launch EaseUS Partition Master and right click on the file which you want to convert from FAT32 to NTFS.
  • Click on Convert to NTFS from the right sidebar.

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

That’s it… Your file system property has been changed to NTFS and now you can transfer larger file without getting an error as the file is too large for the destination file system. This is how you can fix the file is too large for the destination file system without formatting the hard disk.

 

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