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The file is too large for the destination file system error


Problem definition:


In Windows, sometime you might have seen an error message while copying any single large file (about more than 4GB) to your external storage device such as pen drives, external hard disk etc. The error message saying that the file is too large for the destination file system. In this article, learn how to solve this problem.

What is the error?


The file is too large for the destination file system:

The file is too large for the destination file system.
The file is too large for the destination file system error
The above error message displayed even though enough space about 30 GB available in my external storage device.

Possible reason:


Platform: Windows
This is not actually a problem. The external storage used is formatted either FAT or FAT32 file system. The maximum file size for FAT file system is 2GB and whereas for FAT32, the maximum file size is 4GB. In our example, we have a file with 10GB in size. Hence it is not even fit in FAT32 file system and Windows displays the error message ‘the file is too large for the destination file system’. Now, we need to make external storage device capable of allocating large file storage.


Solution:


Apart from FAT or FAT32 there other two file systems such as exFAT and NTFS which can read/write files more than 4GB and create drive partition larger than 32GB. Suppose if the files size is grater than 4GB in size, you must have external storage device either formatted in exFAT or NTFS file system type. You have two choices and you can choose either of two ways based on your requirement.
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