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Saturday, December 19, 2015

2:11 PM
Recently I started getting an error message like the one shown below when I was copying a file to a USB drive.

Later I discovered what was wrong and how I can fix it.

What's wrong?

Usually this happeng because of the file system used on the USB. This error would occur if your USB drive's file system is set to FAT32, FAT16 or FAT12. All of these file system has limitations:
FAT32: 4GB
FAT16: 2GB
FAT12: 16MB
Because of the limitation we cannot copy a whole file larger than the limited size no matter how much space the USB drive has.

How to fix it

To fix the problem we have to change the file system to NTFS. There are two ways to do this.

Method 1: Formatting the USB drive

This method has a setback. It will erase all the data on the USB drive. So if you do not want this to happen follow the second method.

Step 1

Select the USB drive you want to format and select format.
 

Step 2

Change file system to NTFS and click start.

Now check the USB drive's properties to see whether the file system has changed.

Method 2: Using cmd

Open command prompt by pressing Windows+R and typing cmd.
Then type: convert g: /fs:ntfs
Note: replace the letter "g" for the letter of your drive's letter.
Now hit enter.
Let it run till it finishes the command.
If all goes well the cmd will show a log similar to the image below.
Now it has finished and all of the data on the drive will be there unaffected.
Now check the properties to see whether the file system has changed to NTFS.
Now you can copy any file you want on the drive as long as it has free space available on it.

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