Oh no! The file I’m trying to move is too big for the destination file system on my super-sized USB key!

Oh no! The file I’m trying to move is too big for the destination file system on my super-sized USB key!

Imagine this: you have a USB key that’s the size of a small planet, and you’re all set to move a massive file from your computer onto it. But just as you’re about to hit that transfer button, a frustrating message pops up: “File is Too Large for Destination File System.”

Wait a minute! How can this be? I mean, this USB key is supposed to be the king of storage. It’s got way more gigabytes than you can count, and it’s practically begging to gobble up every file you throw at it. So why is it giving you grief now?

I feel your pain, my friend. And I’ve got the answers for you. Listen up.

Here’s the thing. When you stick that USB key into your computer, it’s got a file system on it. This file system is like the USB key’s very own language. It helps it communicate with your computer and understand what’s being written on it.

But not all file systems are created equal. Some are better at handling different file sizes than others. And that’s where the problem lies.

See, the file system on your USB key has its limits. It can only handle files up to a certain size. So when you try to move that massive file onto your USB key, it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole – it just won’t work.

But fear not! There’s a solution to this conundrum. You can change the file system on your USB key to one that can handle larger files. It’s a bit like giving your USB key a language upgrade.

Now, I won’t lie to you – this process isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It involves formatting your USB key and choosing a different file system. And that means you’ll lose all the files currently on the USB key. So make sure to back up everything important before you proceed.

Once you’ve done that, you can follow these steps:

  1. Insert your USB key into your computer.
  2. Go to “My Computer” or “This PC” and find your USB key.
  3. Right-click on the USB key and select “Format.”
  4. In the format window, you’ll see a drop-down menu for “File System.” Click on it and select a file system that supports larger file sizes, like NTFS.
  5. Click “Start” and wait for the formatting process to complete.

Once you’re done, your USB key will be ready to accept those big, beefy files without any complaints. You can go ahead and transfer that massive file with confidence, knowing that your USB key is up to the task.

So there you have it, my friend. The file may be too large for the destination file system on your massive USB key, but with a few tweaks and a language upgrade, you’ll be back in business. Happy transferring!

File is Too Large for Destination File System on Large USB Key

Hey there, TechJunkie readers! Yet another fellow enthusiast reached out to me this week with a puzzling dilemma. She couldn’t fathom why she couldn’t copy a stunning 4k movie onto her shiny, untouched 128GB USB key. To make matters worse, her Windows OS was giving her the dreaded message, “file is too large for destination file system”. Now, I know I’ve touched on this topic before in an article called ‘How To Fix ‘File Too Large For Destination File System’ Error In Windows’, but this situation is a tad different.

Oh no! The file I'm trying to move is too big for the destination file system on my super-sized USB key!

USB drives and Windows

Let me give you some context before we dive into this error. If you’re just looking for answers, feel free to skip ahead.

When it comes to file systems, Windows has two (soon to be three on regular computers): FAT32 and NTFS. ReFS, the new file system, was introduced in Windows 10 but will be removed in the Fall Creators Update, except for Windows 10 Enterprise. So for now, we’re sticking with the two old systems.

FAT32, which stands for File Allocation Tables, came into the picture in 1977. It was originally called FAT and got upgraded to FAT32 in 1996 to overcome the size limitations of the original system. Back when FAT was born, data was stored on 5.25″ floppy disks, and there were restrictions on naming, file size, and storage capacity.

Then came FAT16 in 1984 to handle larger files and longer names. But it was still quite limiting. Finally, FAT32 arrived with Windows 95, capable of handling bigger files and larger storage capacities. On FAT32, the maximum file size is 4GB, and the maximum storage capacity is 2TB.

In 1993, Windows introduced NTFS, the New Technology File System, along with Windows NT. It solved the naming and size limitations of FAT and brought along some fantastic features. With NTFS, you can have files as large as 16TB and storage capacities up to 256TB. It also introduced file permissions, superior compression, fault tolerance, shadow copy, and encryption capabilities.

There’s another file system called exFAT that came to replace FAT32. It theoretically has a file size limit of 16 exabytes and a storage limit of 128 petabytes. It’s very efficient in terms of space but usually only used on MicroSD cards over 32GB. It’s not commonly found on USB drives or PCs.

USB and FAT32

So, even though NTFS has been the default file system for Windows PCs for almost 25 years, USB drives are still sold as FAT32. Ever wonder why?

The answer is Apple. Mac OS can’t write to NTFS drives, although it can read from them just fine. However, it can both read and write to FAT32. To make their USB drives compatible with Mac users, manufacturers choose to format them as FAT32. Otherwise, they risk alienating millions of people.

Also, the limitations of FAT32, such as the maximum file size of 4GB and the maximum storage size of 2TB, aren’t really a big deal for USB drives.

In the future, we might see a change in the default file system for larger USB drives, as 2TB ones are starting to appear on the market. Kingston Data Traveler was the pioneer, but others are following suit. This may prompt a shift to NTFS as the default file system for larger drives. However, smaller USB drives will probably stick with FAT32. Plus, with the average file size of a 4K video being 2GB per minute of running time, the need for NTFS USB keys will become more apparent.

Or, if you prefer, you can always reformat the USB drive yourself.

Oh no! The file I'm trying to move is too big for the destination file system on my super-sized USB key!

You Can’t Save the File: It’s Too Big for the Destination

Hey there! So, now that you understand the ins and outs of FAT32 and NTFS, you’re probably wondering how to convert your USB drive into a more compatible file system, right? Well, just keep in mind that formatting will wipe everything on the drive, so make sure you save your files somewhere else if you want to keep them safe.

Here’s how to format a USB drive on Windows:

  1. First, plug your USB drive into your computer and wait for your operating system to recognize it.
  2. Next, right-click on the drive and select “Format”.
  3. In the format settings, choose NTFS as the file system and give your drive a name if you want.
  4. Don’t worry about the other settings – just leave them as they are.
  5. Click on “Start” and let the process do its thing.

And voila! In just a few seconds, your USB drive will be reformatted as NTFS. Now, you can easily copy and transfer any file of any size from your Windows computer.

If you’re using a Mac, here’s how to format your USB drive:

  1. Insert your USB drive into your Mac and wait for it to be recognized.
  2. Open “Disk Utility” and select your USB drive from the list on the left.
  3. Choose the “Erase” option, give your drive a name if you’d like, and select “MS-DOS FAT” as the format.
  4. Make sure to select “Master Boot Record” under the “Scheme” option.
  5. Finally, click on “Erase” and let the process run its course.

By following these steps, your USB drive will be formatted into MS-DOS FAT, making it readable and writable on your Mac.

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