Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Copying a file to an external hard drive error "too large for the destination file"

Problem
If your hard drive's file system is not NTFS then your files have size limits and you'll receive a "too large for the destination file" error message.

Solution
Convert your hard drive file system to NTFS.  See this Microsoft article on how to do that: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Convert-a-hard-disk-or-partition-to-NTFS-format

Note: When you follow these instructions it will ask you for your "volume label". To quickly retrieve this type "vol " into the command line. For example: if the hard drive you are converting is C: then type vol c:

References
1. http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/704717-too-large-destination-file-system.html
2. http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-217982.html

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