While browsing Windows forums, I find many people are discussing why they receive “file is too large for the destination file system”. Here is a true example from answers.microsoft.com:
Q:”The file is too large for destination file system”? How do you move this file to another folder with this error?
Have you ever encountered such issue? Do you know what caused this error and how to remove it? If you are still confused, you can never miss out the best solution we put forward in this post.
As a matter of fact, this error message is caused by the wrong file system. When you try to copy an individual file that is larger than 4GB to a FAT32 partition, you will definitely come across this error message.
So what is the solution to this issue?
To remove this error, you will need to convert file system. As we all know, FAT32 and NTFS are two popular file systems that have been used on all kinds of hard drives. Apart from the better compatibility, FAT32 is nearly completely defeated by NTFS. And the 4GB file size limitation is also one of the many defects of FAT32. So you can convert FAT32 to NTFS to address this issue.
First and foremost, file system converter is necessary for you. But what kind of file system converter is better? In my opinion, the one that can convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss is the best one. Besides, if it is freeware, it’s much better. Luckily, we have two suggestions for you. Just keep reading.
Way 1: Use MiniTool Partition Wizard
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is a piece of freeware that helps to convert FAT32 to NTFS easily, safely and quickly. What you need to do is to download and install it on your computer, then launch it to the main interface, select the FAT32 partition and choose Convert FAT to NTFS.
In the pop-up window, click Start button and wait for the success.
Tip: Someday you may want to revert the NTFS partition to FAT32. This is also very easy as long as you have MiniTool Partition Wizard. To get the details, read guide The Best Way to Convert NTFS to FAT32 without Formatting.
Way 2: Use Command Prompt
If you are familiar with Windows Command Prompt, probably you prefer this way better: run CMD as administrator and type “convert drive_letter /fs:ntfs” without quotes. In this way, the FAT32 partition is successfully converted to NTFS partition. However, please note that Command Prompt cannot help to convert NTFS to FAT32 partition. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard instead.
When you have got an NTFS partition, re-copy the files larger than 4GB to it. I believe this time it will be OK. Users who encounter “File is too large for the destination hard drive” can have a try on either of these two ways.