How to: Copy files larger than 4GB to a Pen Drive or Memory Card

If you’ve purchased a new pen drive you’ll most probably face the problem of not being able to copy any file larger than 4GB to your pen drive even when the real capacity of the Pen Drive is higher than that. Although you can copy any size of data when its split into multiple files, but when its a single file, the system will display an error of the form like:

File Too Large

The file’ abc.xyz’ is too large for the destination file system.

Windows - File Too Large for destination file system

As the error says, it’s the file system which can’t carry any file of such big size and there’s nothing wrong with the pen drive. This is because the FAT32 partition is not capable of handling any having size higher than 4GB. And usually a pen drive comes formatted with the FAT32 file system.

How to change the File System format of a Pen Drive and copy larger files

To transfer/copy files larger , all you need to do is to change the file system of pen drive from FAT32 to either NTFS or exFAT. To do that, follow these steps:

Note: All data on the pen drive partition will be lost permanently. Don’t forget to backup valuable data before continuing.

  1. Plug in the pen drive to your PC.
  2. Copy any important data out of  the pen drive to a place from where you can access it later on.
  3. Open Computer/My Computer (or whatever your PC is named) and right click on your pen drive’s name.
  4. Select Format.
  5. Now in the file system drop down menu, change the format from FAT32 to either NTFS or exFAT.
    We’ll recommend exFAT over NTFS, but that might make the drive incompatible with some older systems.
    format removable drive
  6. Check on Quick Format.
  7. Finally click on Start.
  8. Your drive will be formatted and you can now copy files of any size (only up to the total capacity of your pen drive, of course) to your pen drive.

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71 Responses to How to: Copy files larger than 4GB to a Pen Drive or Memory Card

  1. N@ksh June 22, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    thnxx yar….

  2. PAVAN KUMAR T S June 23, 2016 at 12:40 am #

    thanks a ton buddy

  3. goldie July 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

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  4. JITENDRA AGRAWAL July 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    A big thanks…

  5. ORUZ July 13, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    thanks dear

  6. Saleeth July 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Thank you …
    Which Allocation unit needs to select ?

  7. GURDEEP SINGH July 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks dear !!

  8. sanjay shingh July 31, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    thanks a loooooooooots……

  9. Jimmy August 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Many thanks for solving my problem Bro. U r great

    • Narender Singh August 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      I’m glad it helped. Enjoy!

  10. santhosh August 5, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    thanks

  11. anil August 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanx bro..problem solved.

  12. Dhiren August 13, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

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    • Narender Singh August 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      You’re welcome, buddy. Enjoy!

  13. Shahidul September 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Thanks a lot, It’s working perfectly!

  14. appas September 10, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    super very very thankful

  15. Nikunj Diwan October 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    Thanks.

  16. Madhu October 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Thank you 🙂

  17. karthik November 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    thank you so much it will be very useful for me…..

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