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.

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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.

    • Nabeel

      you’re welcome!

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

      • Bill

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

        • Dr. Nabeel

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

  2. Bill

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

    • Nabeel

      you’re welcome! :)

  3. Erx

    Thank you Nabeel, it works nicely!

    • Nabeel

      you’re welcome ! :)

      really made me smile …. .

  4. Vaidas

    Wow it realy works, thanks ;)

    • Nabeel

      you’re welcome!

  5. Son

    thank you dad

    • Dad

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

      • Dr. Nabeel

        lolx, whats this ?

  6. Gustavo

    It works! Thanks! (from Brazil)

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

      :) you’re welcome!!

  7. Jozia Wattam

    Thanks. A great help.x

    • Nabeel

      you’re welcome

  8. 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.

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  9. Sonu Saji Mammen

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

    • Dr. Nabeel

      you’re welcome Sonu Saji

  10. Mufiz

    Thanks really helped me a lot!!!

    • musa

      you’re welcome!

  11. Chadderz

    Many Thanks worked a treat.

    • musa

      you’re welcome Chadderz!

  12. Larry

    Perfect solution, thanks!

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  13. Thank YOu

    thank you man!

    • Nabeel

      you’re welcome man!

  14. Aamir Ali

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

    • 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

  15. joe mama

    it worked, awesome!

    • Dr. Nabeel

      glad to know that it worked for you Joe!

  16. i93marko

    thanks a lot

    • Dr. Nabeel

      you’re welcome marko!

  17. mmshrinker

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

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  18. tolis

    thank you so much bro

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  19. Karlos

    THANKS MAN, WORKED LIKE A TREAT!

  20. Deepak

    This works with External HDDs too, thanks Nabeel

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  21. gamk

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

    • Dr. Nabeel

      you’re welcome Gamk :)

  22. 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

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  23. GREGOREO YESAYA

    Thanks man…. it’s hope me…

    • Dr. Nabeel

      welcome gregereo!

  24. James B.

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

    Nah just kidding, worked great, thanks :)

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  25. brian

    thansk

    • Dr. Nabeel

      welcome brian

  26. Samee

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! You are the best! Thanks!

    • Dr. Nabeel

      thanks for appreciating samee!

  27. Sean

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

    • Dr. Nabeel

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

  28. Keshav

    Thx…..
    (^_^)

    • Dr. Nabeel

      welcome keshav :)

  29. Sayed Farhan

    Thank you very much …….. It really Works

    • Dr. Nabeel

      I know Farhan :P thanks for appreciating though :)

  30. Helen

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

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