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How to Solve “The File is Too Large for The Destination File System” Error?

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Some Windows users complain about an error called “bad system config info Windows 10“, “WSAPPX High CPU” or  “the file is too large for the destination file system“. This issue generally occurs when copying files with large capacity. For instance, when you copy a file larger than 4GB to USB flash drive, you may experience this issue. With this article, however, we will explain how to fix this error for good.

What is the cause behind “the file is too large for the destination file system” error?

Windows users who try to copy large files (ISO files, Operating Systems, videos collections, Movies, etc.) experience this issue. As per this issue, the error message says “the file is too large for the destination file system”. For many users, it is really strange to see such message when there is plenty of storage is remaining. If you have faced such issue and wondered for a solution, read this article carefully.

In general, “too large for the destination file system” issue can appear in most of the Windows versions. Apart from 10,8 and 7, the above error can appear even in older versions. When such an issue emerges, you can get frustrated as you don’t have a way to copy important files. In addition to flash drives, this error can appear when you use external hard drives as well. For instance, this issue can appear with a 64GB flash drive when you try to copy a 4GB file.

The actual reason behind this issue is the file format. That means it depends solely on how the flash drive is formatted. If the USB or the external hard drive is formatted with FAT32, you cannot copy files larger than 4GB. No matter how large the capacity of the flash drive is, you cannot copy files larger than 4GB. In simplest terms, external storage devices that are formatted in FAT32 cannot accommodate files larger than 4GB. So, the problem is with the file format but not due to any physical defect.

What are the possible solutions if you see “too large for the destination file system” error?

Now you know the exact cause behind the issue, it is time to look for possible solutions. As we mentioned earlier, the very purpose of this article is to reveal how to overcome it. In fact, figuring out a solution to this issue is a pretty easy task. No matter whether you use Windows 10, 8 or 7, you can solve it easily. To the delight of many Windows users, we present two solutions to address this error. Both of these options we present are simple but effective. So, please read on.

Solution #1: Converting FAT32 into NTFS using Windows built-in feature

One of the most convenient ways to address this issue is to change the file format of the drive. That means you should convert FAT32 into NTFS so you will be able to use the full capacity. However, this method should be performed when the respective drive is empty. That is because the files on the drive will be deleted when you format it. To do it, you don’t need any additional tool. Windows provide you with a convenient built-in tool to format the devices with the preferred file format. With that said, let’s take a look at on the steps to do it.

  • a) Plug the USB drive in (FLASH, External Hard drive, etc.) to your Windows PC.
  • b) Then, right click on the USB drive you have just plugged in.
  • c) On the popup menu that appears, you should click on the option “Format”.
  • d) Then, you must change the file type into NTFS format.

That’s all you have to do. The USB drive will now be available in NTFS format. Also, the annoying issue of “the file is too large for the destination file system” will be gone. You can now plug it into any PC and copy larger files that fit in the capacity.

Important: Please note that this method causes obvious data loss on your USB flash drive. After formatting a device driver, you should not expect to access its files. So, we recommend you to create a backup of the available files in the respective device before formatting.

Solution #2: Changing FAT32 to NTFS without experiencing any data loss

Do you want to keep the data stored in the USB drive and want to change the file format? If yes, this section of the article is just for you.

The previous solution can help you change the format, but it causes costly data loss. Many users have too-precious-to-lose files on their external USB drives, and formatting is not a good option for them. If you are among those users, we suggest you try this option. As per this solution, we use a powerful and handy tool called EaseUS Partition Manager.

EaseUS Partition Master is a very useful software with many features. The specialty of it is that it can change your USB drive to NTFS from FAT32 without data loss. This special tool is used by many users across the globe as the preferred partitioning software. With this tool, you can fix “the file is too large for the destination file system” issue. You don’t necessarily need to format the device when you use EaseUS Partition Master. More importantly, this software works on any Windows version.

Features of EaseUS Partition Master

Before we learn how to address the issue, let’s take a quick look at the main features of it.

Repartitioning the hard disk

You can use this tool to repartition your hard disk into multiple partitions. Such an approach helps you to keep your data in a well-organized manner even if the disk space is limited. Creating, resizing, merging, converting, deleting and checking of partitions can be done using this software.

Cloning the hard drive

If you need to clone a hard drive or an SSD, you can make use of this software. Such a feature can be really handy when you need to upgrade the disk without causing any data loss.

Migrating the existing OS into a different HDD or SSD

Do you need to extend the existing system drive due to low disk space or for other reason? If so, EaseUS Partition Master can be a really handy software tool you can rely on. You can use this software to migrate the OS with system configurations. That means you don’t need to reinstall the OS when migrating.

Restoring lost partitions

You can use EaseUS Partition Master even to recover a lost partition. That means, even if you have lost a partition, EaseUS Partition Master can help you to recover it.

How to solve “too large for the destination file system” issue with EaseUS Partition Master?

a) Download EaseUS Partition Manager and get it installed on your Windows PC.

b) Launch the software and select the FAT32 partition toy intend to convert into NTFS.


c) Then, you should right-click on the selected partition and hit “Convert to NTFS” option.


d) If you need to convert an external storage device, you should connect it first to the computer. Then, you should follow the steps mentioned above.

e) Click on “OK” on the dialog box and proceed.


f) You can then select the option “Execute 1 Operation”. Then, click on the “Apply” and go to “Finish”.


At the completion of the process, you can convert USB flash, external hard disk or SD card to NTFS. After that, copying files that are larger than 4GB should be a walk in the park for you.

Those are the two options we have to present to eliminate “too large for the destination file system“. As a general recommendation, you may use EaseUS Partition Manager if you don’t need to lose files.

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