The File is Too Large for the Destination File System – What You Should Do?

the file is too large for the destination file system

Many of you have probably encountered the same problem as I had a few weeks ago. When transferring some files from my friend’s laptop to my USB flash, there is a notification saying the file is too large for the destination file system. I was suddenly shocked and a bit confused because I need the file.

the file is too large for the destination file system

Why “File Too Large” Issue Occurs

One odd thing I noticed was the size of the file was not exceeding the available space in my USB flash. I can remember that the file’s size was only 6.77 GB while I still had 14.9 GB capacity in my USB flash. So, I was wondering if there was something wrong with my USB. Was there a virus attacking my USB or some malware.

To find the answer to my curiosity, I did some research with my friend’s help. If it was a virus, then it was certainly bad news. And so I began by opening up my USB drive’s properties. I did this to check how much capacity left in my USB drive.

As the properties of USB drive were displayed, I noticed there was 14.9 GB capacity left so it should have been enough to keep the file. Then, I look closely at every information displayed on the properties. I found out that my USB flash drive was formatted in the FAT32 file system. It was the only reason for my issue.

Let me tell you something. If your USB flash drive is mistakenly formatted in FAT32, then you cannot store a file larger than 4GB even if you still have lots of capacity in your USB drive. Therefore, always check whether this is the reason for your issue.

How to Solve: The File is Too Large for The Destination File System

Method 1. To Convert USB Flash Drive Format from FAT32

  1. Back up all of your USB drive files because all data will automatically be erased when you convert the file system
  2. Continue by opening up Computer, right click on your USB drive that you want to convert. Then, click the Properties
  3. Once you access the Properties dialog box, you should expand drop menu of the File System. Select the NTFS as the file system. Continue by clicking Start button to prompt the formatting in NTFS. There will be Format complete message displayed on your screen when it is done
  4. Finish by clicking OK button on the dialog box

Method 2. To Convert USB Flash Drive Format from FAT32

This method uses Command Prompt to format the drive in NTFS.

  1. Open Command Prompt and choose as administrator.
    Open the Start menu, then type CMD. Continue by simultaneously pressing Ctrl + Shift + Enter so you can run the Command Prompt being the administrator.
  2. Type the commands below when you find elevated Command Prompt is already launched. Then, press the Enter key.
    Convert X: /fs:ntfs /nosecurity

When you have completed the process, there will be Conversion Complete messaged on your screen. Then, you can click the OK button or close the command prompt. What an easy to address your problem, right?

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