If you are seeing an error message ‘The File is too large for the destination file system‘ on your computer when you are trying to transfer a file from your computer to the removable media device, the error is happening because of the wrong format of the drive. Usually, if your pen drive is formatted in FAT32 format, it will not support a transfer of file size larger than 4 GB. Simply, follow these instructions to correctly format your device in NTFS format and the problem will be solved very easily.
Fix-1 Convert the pen drive format to another-
If you have something important and you want to format the device without losing any data, follow these steps-
1. Press Windows key+E to open File Explorer on your computer.
2. In File Explorer window, click on “This PC” to visualize all the drives on your computer.
3. Now, carefully note the drive letter of USB drive (Example– For us the drive letter of the USB device is “F:” ).
Close File Explorer window.
4. Click on the Search box beside Windows icon and then type “cmd“.
5. Then, right click on “Command Prompt” in the elevated search result and choose “Run as administrator“.
Command Prompt with administrative rights will be opened.
6. In Command Prompt window, copy-paste this command and modify it and then hit Enter.
CONVERT DRIVE LETTER /FS:NTFS /NOSECURITY
[Note– Change the ‘DRIVE LETTER‘ with the drive letter of the usb device on your computer.
Example- In our case, the command will look something like this – CONVERT F: /FS:NTFS /NOSECURITY ]
Wait for a while to complete the conversion process.
Close Command Prompt window.
After closing Command Prompt window, try to transfer the files again. If the problem still bothers you, you have to format it following the next fix.
Fix-2 Format your pen drive in NTFS-
Formatting your pen drive in NTFS format will withdraw the file size restrictions.
1. Press Windows key+E to open the File Explorer.
2. Now, in the File Explorer window, on the left hand side, click on “This PC” to see all the drives on your computer.
3. Now, right click on the pen drive. Then, click on “Format” to start formatting the drive.
4. In Format window, click on ‘File system‘ and select “NTFS” from the drop-down list and then click on “Start” to start the formatting process.
It will take some time to complete the formatting process.
After formatting the usb device, check if you can transfer the file.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.