The file is too large for the destination file system – Windows 7 usb error

While trying to copy my 6+ GB data to a 8GB usb flash drive in my microsoft windows seven installation i received an error :

The file is too large for the destination file system

Quite amazed at first that why am i getting this too large for the destination file system error, as the usb was completely blank!

The file is too large for the destination file system – Windows 7 usb error

However here’s how i fixed the issue (btw, this also works for external hard disk drives as well as usb flash drives).

Fix file is “Too large for the destination file system” usb error

  1. I checked the file system of the usb getting the “too large for the destination file system error” and it was FAT32 (you can skip this step though)
  2. Goto My Computer
  3. Right click usb drive and click format
  4. chose NTFS and click on quick format check box and click format to start the format process
  5. Try copying the file again and voila! it’s working now!

Please note, all the data inside the flash drive will be deleted once you format it. So backup any important data if you have any in it.

Hopefully you won’t get the file is too large for the destination file system error while copying file on your usb flash drive on windows operating system!

Format Flash drive to NTFS using command line

(thanks to Paul) – if you want to do it via command line

the command for converting fat32 to ntfs is as follows

Start > Run > Cmd

convert d: /fs:ntfs

where d: is the drive letter of the external disk.

61 Responses to The file is too large for the destination file system – Windows 7 usb error

  1. John P

    Thank you very much, it works.

  2. Nabeel

    you’re welcome!

    however, can you please tell me your browser and operating system because I found your comment in spam filter

  3. Bill

    Great advice, worked like a charm, was angry at the memory stick!! Thanks

  4. Nabeel

    you’re welcome! :)

  5. Erx

    Thank you Nabeel, it works nicely!

  6. Nabeel

    you’re welcome ! :)

    really made me smile …. .

  7. Vaidas

    Wow it realy works, thanks ;)

  8. Nabeel

    you’re welcome!

  9. Son

    thank you dad

  10. Dad

    get off the computer son, you need to watch the dog

  11. Gustavo

    It works! Thanks! (from Brazil)

  12. Jozia Wattam

    Thanks. A great help.x

  13. Nabeel

    you’re welcome

  14. paul

    the command for converting fat32 to ntfs is as follows

    Start > Run > Cmd

    convert d: /fs:ntfs

    where d: is the drive letter of the external disk.

  15. Sonu Saji Mammen

    Wow………….
    Really wonderful Nabeel….
    Thanks for the help…………

  16. Mufiz

    Thanks really helped me a lot!!!

  17. musa

    you’re welcome!

  18. Chadderz

    Many Thanks worked a treat.

  19. musa

    you’re welcome Chadderz!

  20. Bill

    My Browser is Windows 9 and the operating System is Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit. Thanks.

  21. Larry

    Perfect solution, thanks!

  22. Thank YOu

    thank you man!

  23. Nabeel

    you’re welcome man!

  24. Aamir Ali

    what if the flash has 200gb of important data? Than what should i do?

  25. joe mama

    it worked, awesome!

  26. Dr. Nabeel

    glad to know that it worked for you Joe!

  27. i93marko

    thanks a lot

  28. Dr. Nabeel

    you’re welcome marko!

  29. mmshrinker

    Thanks so much – nice to find some advice that works these days…

  30. Dr. Nabeel

    you’re welcome mmshrinker… glad to know that it worked for you

  31. tolis

    thank you so much bro

  32. Dr. Nabeel

    welcome tolis! glad to know your usb is working fine now

  33. Karlos

    THANKS MAN, WORKED LIKE A TREAT!

  34. Deepak

    This works with External HDDs too, thanks Nabeel

  35. gamk

    Nice friend AWESOME I UPSET NOW SOLVE THE PROBLEM THANKX MAN THANKX THANX THANX THANX VERY MUCH THANX

  36. Scott

    Hi! it didnt work for me? I’m trying to copy a 9 GB file onto a 14.4 GB memory stick. why wont it work? Thanks

  37. GREGOREO YESAYA

    Thanks man…. it’s hope me…

  38. James B.

    So how come this worked for everyone else but it didn’t work for me…?

    Nah just kidding, worked great, thanks :)

  39. brian

    thansk

  40. Samee

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! You are the best! Thanks!

  41. Sean

    Wooootnees, thanks a lot, it works fine now :-)

  42. Keshav

    Thx…..
    (^_^)

  43. Sayed Farhan

    Thank you very much …….. It really Works

  44. Helen

    You saved my life!! hahaha. I thought i’d go back to where i bought my flashdisk from. whew!

  45. Dr. Nabeel

    I know Farhan :P thanks for appreciating though :)

  46. Dr. Nabeel

    glad to know that it worked for you too James :)

  47. Dr. Nabeel

    lolx, whats this ?

  48. Dr. Nabeel

    thanks for sharing the command Paul, adding it to the original post too.

  49. Dr. Nabeel

    you’re welcome Sonu Saji

  50. Dr. Nabeel

    Aamir, thats really a good question, then you might need to copy the data from it to your hard drive before formatting it

  51. Dr. Nabeel

    welcome keshav :)

  52. Dr. Nabeel

    glad to know that your usb isn’t giving the file is too large for file system error anymore :)

  53. Dr. Nabeel

    thanks for sharing deepak, adding to the post too that it works with external hard disk drives too :)

  54. Dr. Nabeel

    glad to know that your usb isn’t giving file size error too :)

  55. Dr. Nabeel

    thanks for appreciating samee!

  56. Dr. Nabeel

    welcome brian

  57. Dr. Nabeel

    sorry to hear that scott, did you format it into ntfs format ?

  58. Dr. Nabeel

    you’re welcome Gamk :)

  59. Dr. Nabeel

    welcome gregereo!

  60. Dr. Nabeel

    ok thats strange, it works in Brazil too? :P

    :) you’re welcome!!

  61. Dr. Nabeel

    thanks for the info bill, I’ll look into it

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