file is too large for destination file system has been problem that many people has been looking to solve.
You have a USB Drive that has enough space or bigger than the file you want to send.
But this “file is too large for destination *file system*” error pops up.
And you are wondering how that happens? Then this is your answer.
When it comes to storage we have something called “File Systems”
A “File System” is a process that determines how files and data are going to be stored and arrange on a storage drive.
File System contains groups called directories
Some types of File Systems in windows
These are the three files systems that Microsoft Windows support
Why the file is too large for destination file system error
FAT32 File System does not support a single large file of 4 gigabytes of data and above.
This is an old Windows system. If you are send a single file such as an ISO or Image file larger than 4 gigabytes, then you are going to encounter this problem.
NTFS File System is the modern system that Windows use by default and supports the large file.
You should not have a problem send a file larger than 4 gigabytes to a NTFS drive
If you are seeing the “file too large for the destination error’, then you have to covert your destination drive to NTFS
How to fix the fix file is too large for destination file system error
Convert the FAT32 drive to NTFS
Go to My Computer and right click on the destination drive and select format
Now change the File System to NTFS before you format.
You can now click on start to format your drive and your problem should be fixed from there.
How to convert FAT32 to NTFS with the command prompt
Press Start Button and search cmd or click “Windows + R” and type “cmd”
Press the Enter Button and the command prompt will launch
diskpart and press enter
list disk then enter
Up next, type
select disk 1 depending on the drive number
Last command is
convert ntfs and you are done.
You can also use third party software
EaseUS Partition Master is tool that can be used to manage file systems and partitions on hard drive
Here is a link to download EaseUS Partition Master
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