Can’t Be Copied Because It Is Too Large For The Volume’s Format.

  • Changing the format of your drive is all it takes if you’re having trouble copying files to an external drive because the item is too large for the volume’s format.
  • In just a few simple steps, you can accomplish this task without any computer knowledge.
  • Check out our dedicated External HDD section for more relevant information.
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Can’t Be Copied Because It Is Too Large For The Volume’s Format.

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To copy huge files from your PC or Mac to a flash stick, an external hard drive, a USB memory stick or a sd card, you may receive an error message stating that the volume’s format does not support such a file.

There is still a lot of room on your memory stick or hard drive. Why is this the case?

Your external storage device’s (MS-DOS) FAT32 format is to blame for this limitation. A FAT32 volume cannot store files larger than 4GB in size.

In this instance, exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) or NTFS (NTFS File System) can be used to format the drive (NT File System).

What can I do to Prevent the Volume’s Format Problem From Occurring?

  1. Open File Explorer or My Computer on your computer.
  2. You may do this by right-clicking on the memory card or flash drive and selecting Format.
  3. The file system exFAT can be selected from the File System drop-down menu.
  4. To begin, press the Start button.
  5. To begin formatting, click OK.


  1. In order to open the disc utility tool on your Mac, type Disk Utility into the search bar.
  2. Select your device from the list under External.
  3. At the very top, there’s an Erase button that you can use.
  4. Select exFAT as the format from the Format drop-down menu.
  5. Then click Done and Erase to finish the process.

Formatting a device will remove any data saved on it, so make a duplicate of your contents first, and then back them up again before continuing.

One thing to keep in mind is that the exFAT file system allows for the storage of files up to 4 GB in size.

Use the NTFS Format

If you’re using a PC, the processes are the same as those described above. There are no NTFS files that can be written on a Mac.

Before you begin, make a backup of your files and conduct the following procedures to improve the performance of your flash drive:

  1. You can type “Device Manager” into the search box.
  2. The number of hard drives can be increased.
  3. Select Better Performance from the Policies drop-down menu after right-clicking on your external device. Just click OK to finish the procedure.

It is recommended that you only use the Safely Remove Hardware fast menu option to unplug your device after you have completed these instructions and formatted it. Alternatively, you could end up damaging the gadget.