Why Can’t I Copy Large Folders from One Drive to Another Drive
At times, you won’t be able to copy large files/folders (say greater than 4 GB) from one drive to another. For instance, although your external flash drive has a total capacity of 8GB, 16GB or even more, you won’t be able to copy large folders to it from any other drive on your computer. The Windows OS just gives an error stating-“There is not enough free space on the drive”.
In case, you are experiencing any such similar issues, then certainly your external drive could be formatted with the FAT32 file system. This file system has a few limitations when it comes to the size of files that it can hold. The size of each individual file should not exceed 4GB if the drive is formatted with FAT32. Thus you need to switch to modern file systems such as NTFS or ex-FAT. These file systems don’t restrict 4GB file size. So, if you want to know how to change the drive from FAT32 to NTFS/ex-FAT, then read the instructions given in the upcoming segment.
Resolution: Change the drive from FAT32 to NTFS or ex-FAT
- To begin with, connect the external flash drive to your Windows system. Then open, My Computer and locate your connected external drive
- Now, open the external flash drive and copy all its content to some other same location. Once the drive is empty, you can go ahead and format it. To do so, go back to My Computer and then right click on your flash drive name. Next, from the given drop-down list, select Format and then choose the formatting options. Here, make sure to select NTFS (or ex-FAT) in the given file system drop down list. (Also, choose Quick Format, if you want to finish the formatting process fast)
- Press Start button and then Windows OS will warn you indicating that the existing information on the drive will be erased. Confirm that you want to proceed to format
Safety precaution: In the due course, if you have accidentally deleted large files then don’t be anxious. You can recover large deleted files from Windows system using a software known as Remo Recover. This tool is completely safe and will help you restore lost/deleted files.