Sending or receiving data on virtual devices is mostly done through portable storage devices. We are using USB sticks and SD cards or external drives for this purpose. In mobile phones, OTG support makes it possible for mobile users to send or receive the data to external USB storage devices. This is the revolution in data sharing as it’s very easy to send and receive data using USB storage devices. Now, when it comes to storage file system, there are several file system formats and each of them has their own specifications and features. One of the biggest things about various file system formats is their max file size capacity limit. If you’re getting the error like “the file is too large for the destination file system” then it means you’ve FAT32 file system on your USB.
This doesn’t mean that your USB/Portable Storage Device is corrupted or isn’t working. But, the file system in which your USB is formatted can only accept file size up to 4GB. Users can’t send files more than 4GB to USB due to FAT32 file system. We’ve done an article before about how to format USB to Fat32 as many users want FAT32 file system for many purposes. But, the max file size limit in FAT32 will be 4GB. This means users won’t e able to put a file which is more than 4GB. They can split the files into parts or compress the file. Also, the second limit about FAT32 file system is that maximum partition size limit is 2TB. Hence, it clearly shows that FAT32 file system is full or limits but it has many features so that users are using it.
There are several fixes for file is too large for destination file system problem. We’ll be showing you all the possible fixes to this problem. So, read the whole article below.
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The File Is Too Large For The Destination File System Fix
There are two main fixes for this problem. You can either split the files into parts or can change the file system of your storage device. However, splitting your file into parts might be time-consuming. But, it might be useful for you if you don’t want to reformat your USB storage to another format. Below are the methods explained with pictures.
Method 1. Change Format Of Your USB Device
The best way to solve this error is by formatting it to any other format. There are mainly three formats used and these are FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS. We’ve explained above that FAT32 only allows file size up to 4GB. But, in NTFS and exFAT, there’s no such file size limit. So, you can format your USB to exFAT or NTFS to receive files which are more than 4GB.
- Plugin your USB storage device to your PC.
- Now, Right Click and select Format.
- Under File System, select NTFS or exFAT (NTFS recommended).
- Uncheck the box saying Quick Format and click on Start.
- Select Ok on the dialog box which will appear and your format process will start.
Wait till the format process is complete. It’ll take a lot of time comparative to Quick Format. So, wait till the format is completed.
Once your USB storage device is formatted, you can send files of any size. There’s no limit now. Only your storage capacity will be the limit. In NTFS file format, there’s no file size limit. This is the simplest fix to your problem.
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In fact, if you want FAT32 file format for some reasons and don’t want to change it to NTFS or exFAT, then you can split the files into parts. However, it’s complicated to split files like .iso files or media files. But, it can be useful if FAT32 file format is must in your case.
Method 2. Split File Into Parts
Splitting file into the parts seems to be complicated but it’s a useful way to solve The File is too large for the destination file system. Files like Media file, Music file can be broken into parts which are less than 4GB and can be transferred to USB storage with FAT32 file system without any problem. You can use best video editor software or any audio editing software or any tool for this purpose.
In case of Game, Software etc. which are compressed in ZIP or any other compression format, can be Extracted and their files and subfolders can be again compressed into a file size less than 4GB. But, in case of files like .iso files, the splitting might not work if you’re using that .iso file to burn or install the files inside the .iso. If you’re just transferring the file to another device, splitting might work.