What is the “File is Too Large for Destination File System” Error

The “File is too Large for the Destination File System” occur because of the FAT 32 file system limitations. We have several file systems, each file system has some limitations. Every operating system is used a file system, the file system is a procedure used for finding and managing files on the disk. Windows uses the exFAT, FAT32, FAT, and NTFS file system.

File is too Large for Destination

Above all files, the system contains several limitations. Whenever we try to format a hard disk with the FAT32 file system, in that case, it will not allow adding a single file larger than 4GB.To overcome this problem and transfer the file, the solution is to change the file system of our operating system in a hard dish from FAT32 to NTFS. The FAT32 file system can allow a file size of up to 4GB but the NTFS file system allows up to 16 TB. So, the limitation of the FAT32 file system causes ” file is too large for the destination file system”. This problem we overcome by using several solutions. We will know the cause then only we should solve the problem in the correct way.

You find the problem in our system whenever you try to format the hard disk in the computer with the FAT 32 file system. Most of the users will find the ” File is too large for destination file system “ problem. There are several solutions we have but using those solutions in the correct way is also important. This problem mainly comes whenever we will try to move or copy the file that file size is more than 4 GB.

How to Solve the File is too Large for the Destination File System

We can solve the file that is too large for the destination file system with several solutions.

1. Compressor Divide the Large Files

If the file size is too larger then the compressor divides the file and saves the file on the USB. By using this method it will be simple to save the file into our USB, while we use the FAT32 format also.

You press right-click on the folder of the file we want to compress and divide.

Now select the option ” add to archive” from the options we have. If any file is big then it can be divide into smaller ones like movies, videos, and documents. By using this option we send the video using the internet without much effort.

The option that gives us to divide a file or folder is “Divide to volumes, bytes”.The options are shown we will choose the profiles that are available or give the maximum size of the output file.

Even now if we don’t know then there are preset profiles available that will use instantly.

The values like 1029384 kb are allowed there as the default values. All we know that how to change from KB to MB or GB

Now press on “OK” because WinRAR will begin compressing the source file and that the file is divide into small compressed files that will have the already set file sizes.

2. The File System FAT32 Convert into an NTFS File system with no Data Loss

The File system FAT32 is not useful for big files. If the error file is too large for the destination file system error, convert FAT32 to the NTFS file system. At that time we are not required to format while we are using the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard tool. By using this tool the file system will change from one file system to another. This tool contains the GUI that will give the option to change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS. This tool is used in Windows 8, Windows 10, and other versions.

Download and Install the tool

Download and install the AOMEI Partition Assistant tool into your system and now you press on the right click on “FAT32” partition to which place we want to copy the big files. Then choose “Advanced” and then choose “Convert to NTFS”

See and Choose OK

Press on “OK” to proceed further.


You press on “Apply” and “Proceed” to begin the conversion process and you will wait for some time to complete the process.

3. Disk Space Format with the NTFS File System.

There is another solution to solve the problem “file is too large for the destination file system”, is formatting disk space with the NTFS file system.

1) By using Windows File Explorer Format USB Drive from FAT32 to NTFS

Open the “File Explorer” in Windows 10 operating system or click and hold the Win key and E key both.

  • Choose the USB drive and press right-click on the drive. Choose “Format”.
  • Select the NTFS as the targeted file system and check the “Quick Format” option
  • Press on “Start” to start the format.
  • Once the process completes, press on “OK” for confirmation that will convert your USB to NTFS.

2) Using Disk Management format USB drive from FAT32 to NTFS

  • Press right-click on “This PC” then click “Manage” and select “Disk Management”
  • Press right-click on the USB drive or the hard disk and select “Format”.
  • Convert the USB file system to NTFS and check if the “Quick Format” is ticked or not.
  • At the end press on “OK” for confirmation.

4. Use another storage drive

Whenever we keep some important information of our in our USB drive, that was formatted with the FAT32 file system. So, the file is too large for the destination file system that causes some problems, so use another storage device. We are not keeping the information in the present FAT32 formatted USB device. We change all the information from the USB device to the USB driver or SD card that has the NTFS file system. And also you use another alternative you keep all information in the cloud.

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