How to Fix the “File Is Too Large for the Destination File System” Error on Windows
If you have ever tried transferring a large file from one device to another on Windows, you may have encountered the “file is too large for the destination file system” error. This frustrating error message can occur because of the way Windows file systems work. Luckily, there are several ways to fix this error and successfully transfer your large file.
1. Convert the destination file system
This error message often occurs when trying to transfer a file larger than 4GB to a device that uses a FAT32 file system. FAT32 is an older file system that cannot handle files larger than 4GB. Thus, one of the easiest solutions to this error is to convert the destination device’s file system from FAT32 to NTFS, which can handle files larger than 4GB.
To convert the file system, you need to open the Command Prompt in Administrator mode. Then run the following command: “convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs” (replace “drive_letter” with the actual letter of the device you want to convert). This process may take some time, depending on the size of the device and the amount of data stored on it.
2. Split the large file
If converting the file system is not an option or you don’t want to wait for the file system conversion process to be completed, you can split the large file into smaller parts before transferring them. There are several software tools available that can help you split files of any size, but we recommend using 7-Zip, WinRAR, or HJSplit.
Once you have downloaded and installed one of these programs, open it and select the file you want to split. Then choose the “Split” option and specify the size of the parts you want to create. You can then transfer these smaller parts separately to the destination device and then use the same software to combine them into the original file.
3. Use a cloud-based service
If the above solutions don’t work for you, or if you want to transfer the file to someone else who might not have access to a device with a compatible file system, you can use a cloud-based service. Services like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive can offer options for transferring such large files. These services have no file size restrictions, and they store the files in the cloud where you can access them from any device with a compatible web browser.
To use this method, you need to upload the large file to the cloud-based service, and then share it with the intended recipient. The recipient can then download the file directly from the cloud-based service.