Have you tried transferring a file to an external storage device like a SD/microSD card, USB flash drive or external hard drive and got this error message – “The file is too large for destination file system“? You might have wondered why this happened and what caused this error despite having ample amount of space on your storage device.
This error happens when the file you’re trying to transfer exceeds the maximum file size limit for a specific format. The most common default type of format used for most USB drives is FAT32 which has a maximum file size limit of only 4GB. If you’re having issues transferring files to your USB drives or external hard drives because of the “File is too large for destination file system” error, don’t worry because today we’re gonna help you solve this problem. There are different options and solutions for different scenarios.
Once the large file has been split into smaller files, you can proceed to transferring the files one at a time into your storage device.
If you choose to format the storage device, then you will have three options: NTFS, HFS+ or exFAT.
NTFS, which is the default format type in Windows has a 16EB (Exabytes) file size limit and is read-only on OS X meaning, you can only view the files but can’t transfer them. Drives formatted with the default OS X format – HFS+ or more commonly known as Mac OS Extended (8EB file size limit) can’t be read on Windows computers. If you’re only using Windows machines then use NTFS. If you’re only gonna use the external storage device for OS X machines, then use HFS+ or Mac OS Extended.
Users who would like the ability to transfer files on both Windows and OS X without having to worry about file size limits, then use exFAT which has read-write functionality for both Windows & OS X and a max file size limit of 16EiB (Exbibyte).
For those who decided to proceed with the 2nd method which is to format the storage device, here are the steps you need to follow:
That’s it! Now you can transfer files into your USB drive or external hard drive without having to worry about maximum file size limits and the “File is too large for destination file system” error message.
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