How to: Copy files larger than 4GB to a Pen Drive or Memory Card - Windows 11 ,10

To solve this problem, you need to change its FAT32 file system into another one: NTFS, which has no such limitation of single files’ size and allows a partition size to be up to 256TB. Namely, change USB from FAT32 to NTFS. But how? One method is reformatting this USB flash drive (data will lose); another method is directly converting its file system to NTFS (data will be safe).Solved: Cannot copy 4GB or Larger File to USB in Windows 10,11

 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:

How to: Copy files larger than 4GB to a Pen Drive or Memory Card - Windows 11 ,10   


How to transfer large files to USB flash drive successfully?

Now that the FAT32 USB flash drive cannot save any single file that is over 4GB, you have to change the FAT32 file system to another different one such as NTFS. The NTFS now is the most widely used file system in PC currently. It can support a single file up to 16TB. So, when you need to transfer large files to USB flash drive, you can change the file system from FAT32 to NTFS. This can be done through the following two methods.

Method 1. Reformatting the USB to NTFS

If your USB is empty or contains no important files, using Windows Format command to format the USB with the NTFS file system is a way.

1. Attach the USB to your computer, wait for Windows to recognize it. Double click on 'My Computer' (XP) or 'Computer' (Vista/Win7) or 'This PC' (Win8) to open File Explorer.

2. Right-click on the USB you want to format with NTFS and select “Format”.

 3. Select the NTFS in the File System drop-down menu. Click "Start".

 4. In the Windows, there is a warning for you that the data on the USB will be erased totally after formatting. Make sure you have backed up everything necessary and click “OK” to continue.

 After reformatting it to NTFS files system, you should be able to copy 4GB or larger file to USB.

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