Do you want to copy or transfer some files to an external hard drive or a USB flash drive? Have you experienced an error message, saying “The file xxx is too large for the destination file system”?
As a matter of fact, this issue is very common when transferring a file to a local hard disk or a removable device. Why would you not able to copy a file when there is sufficient free space on your storage device? If you view the error window, you will find the file size is larger than 4GB. To put it simply, this is because of the file system limit. When copying a file larger than 2GB to a FAT16 partition or transferring a file larger than 4GB to a FAT32 partition, file too large for destination issue will appear. In order to fix this problem, the best way is to change the file system to NTFS.
In a nutshell, two possible ways are here. One is to convert FAT32 to NTFS and the other is to reformat your external hard drive or USB drive to NTFS.
If you have stored many vital files on your USB flash drive or external hard drive, the best solution is to convert the file system to NTFS without formatting. How to do this work? You can ask a piece of dedicated partition software for help. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard is worth recommending since it has a powerful feature called “Convert FAT to NTFS”.
Step 1: Get MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition on your computer. And then right click on your disk to choose this feature.
Step 2: Then, click “Start” to begin the conversion from FAT32 to NTFS.
Like that, the change has been done. If you try to copy a large file to your USB drive again, the file is too large for destination file system issue will not happen.
Disk formatting is an easy way to change FAT32 to NTFS, but this way will erase all disk data. Thus, it is only recommended when no important files exist. Usually, it can be done with the built-in disk manager in Windows.
In Windows Disk Management, right-click the target partition and then choose “Format”. Next, set the file system as NTFS, as shown below:
In addition, you can also format your device via Windows Explorer or Diskpart to fix file too large to copy issue.
In conclusion, MiniTool Partition Wizard is really powerful to convert the file system to NTFS without data loss. Besides, disk formatting is also a good option to fix the file is too large for destination file system issue. Please choose a proper solution depending on your actual situation.