Fix “File is too large for destination file system” Error


Yesterday, while copying some large files to an external hard drive, I was promptly issued this message by Windows:

The file “myfile” is too large for the destination file system.

So I wondered to myself what could possibly cause this issue. My external hard drive had tons of free space, so why would I not be able to copy this file over?

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    Well, the reason for this problem is because my file was 4.3 GB in size and my external hard drive was formatted in FAT32 format. The max file size for FAT32 is 4GB. The max file size for FAT16 is only 2GB!

    So how do you restore this trouble? Well there are approaches you can go approximately it. You can both break up the document into smaller portions after which reproduction it for your outside hard force or you can convert the file device to NTFS, in which there is no restriction on report sizes.

    You can read my previous posts on using File Splitter or HJ-Split to split large files into smaller ones.

    If you want to go with the second method, read my post on how to convert a hard drive from FAT to NTFS without losing any data.

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    Now you should be able to copy your large files by either splitting them or converting the hard drive to NTFS! If you have a USB drive, read my post on how to format a USB drive in NTFS format.

    If you can’t break up the record for some thing reason and you don’t want to convert the record device on the drive to NTFS, the simplest other possible solution is to try and compress the report. Windows 7 and Windows 10 both have constructed in compression equipment, however you may additionally attempt 1/3-birthday celebration tools like 7-Zip, and many others.

    Check out my article that compares different compressions programs to see if you can get your file shrunk down to a small enough size. Enjoy!