Storage drives are very popular and important. There were days when 1 GB was big size. But, Nowadays, There are multiple terabytes storage drives available in the market. But, You may still get this error “The file is too large for destination file system”. Questions arise when you face this problem even after having more than enough free storage available. But, You can easily fix the file is too large for the destination file system problem by tweaking a few things.
You may ask yourself why you are encountering this problem during transferring or copying anything to pendrive, SD Cards, external hard disk or in a local disk drive. The answer is very simple. You are getting this too large file size warning because the destination file system is set to FAT32 or FAT12 or anything older. The maximum file size for FAT32 is 2 GB to 4 GB and FAT12 is only 32 MB. That’s why this type of problems occurs more in older storage drives.
How to Fix The File is Too Large for the Destination File System:
This problem has only one solution. That is ‘Converting file system to NTFS’. It will allow you to store files with more than 4 GB size. Modern hard disks are set to NTFS by default. Probably, This is their only file system. So, Normally, People don’t face this error on local drives. But, It happens more for pendrive and SD card. Because, These storage drives use FAT32 by default. So, To fix the file is too large for the destination file system, We will change FAT32/12 to NTFS. We can do it in two ways.
1. Using Command Prompt:
This method will change file system to NTFS without formating. So, Your existing data should be fine. But, Still, I recommend you to backup your files. After doing it, Follow those things.
- First of all, Right click on start (Windows Logo Button) and choose Command Prompt (Admin).
- Now, Run a command like convert <disk drive letter>: /fs:ntfs. Suppose, Your problamatic storage drive letter is D. So, the command should be like this.
convert d: /fs:ntfs
- Normally, It should work without any issue. But, Sometimes, It may ask your permission to do force dismount. In that case, Just press Y and hit enter.
- It should fix the file is too large for the destination file system.
In 99% times, It should work. If it doesn’t, Follow the next method.
2. Fix by Formatting Storage Drive:
If using command doesn’t do anything for any reason, You can still do it by formatting your problematic storage drive. But, Don’t forget to backup your files before doing it. You can right click on the disk drive that has the problem and choose Format. Then, A new window will be appeared. From there, Choose NTFS as file system and Default allocation size as allocation unite size. After that, Click on Format. Now, It will change the entire file system and fix the file is too large for the destination file system. If you find the storage is unformattable, Read: How to Format Unformattable Disk Drive.
There are also some third-party partition tools which also can do this for you. Anyway, I hope, This article will help to fix your problem.