Solved Error: File is too large for usb flash drive

August 29, 2016 at 09:14:23
Specs: windows8.1
when i want to file transfer any pen drive of my computer., it,s give me a warning that is" FILE TO LARGE " but my pen drive is full empty on this time.whats the problem it is.and how can i solved it.

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September 12, 2016 at 00:21:49
Considering it's a "pen" drive (and the fact that you get an error saying the file is too large), I'll assume the format is FAT32, which has a limit of around 4GB per file.

(This isn't exactly my best field of experience, but I've done this quite a few times.)
Since it's empty you can easily convert into NTFS.
There are two ways that I know of:
Reformatting:

THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON THE SELECTED DRIVE

1: Right-click your drive, and choose "Format" (or the equivalent of your language)
2: You'll get a dialog box with some options. Under File System, choose "NTFS".
3: Click "Start".

Converting:

Note that in order to revert to FAT32 after conversion requires you to format the drive, which will remove all data on it.

1: Open Command prompt
2: Run the command chkdsk H: /f
Replace H: with the drive letter of your target drive.
3: Run the command convert H: /FS:NTFS
Again, replace H: with the drive letter of your target drive.

Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet ;)

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#1
August 29, 2016 at 09:35:24
How large is the file you're trying to transfer and how much free space is on the USB?

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#2
August 29, 2016 at 11:08:30
1st of all, the word is TOO.

2nd, you didn't provide any info on the size of the file or size of the pen drive. The actual capacity is smaller than the advertised capacity. For example, 1GB is actually 0.93GB, 2GB is actually 1.86GB, etc.

http://www.endmemo.com/data/diskcap...


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August 29, 2016 at 12:38:41
Also bear in mind that some disk formats (e.g. FAT32) have a maximum file size.

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September 12, 2016 at 00:21:49
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Considering it's a "pen" drive (and the fact that you get an error saying the file is too large), I'll assume the format is FAT32, which has a limit of around 4GB per file.

(This isn't exactly my best field of experience, but I've done this quite a few times.)
Since it's empty you can easily convert into NTFS.
There are two ways that I know of:
Reformatting:

THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON THE SELECTED DRIVE

1: Right-click your drive, and choose "Format" (or the equivalent of your language)
2: You'll get a dialog box with some options. Under File System, choose "NTFS".
3: Click "Start".

Converting:

Note that in order to revert to FAT32 after conversion requires you to format the drive, which will remove all data on it.

1: Open Command prompt
2: Run the command chkdsk H: /f
Replace H: with the drive letter of your target drive.
3: Run the command convert H: /FS:NTFS
Again, replace H: with the drive letter of your target drive.

Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet ;)

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