Why can’t you copy files larger than 4GB to your USB? Here the answer and solution

Since its creation, USBs have become important devices for people, as you can use them to transfer information from one computer to another quickly and easily. In its early days, these memories had little storage; however, the most modern ones already have high capacities of up to 2 TB.

In general, USB memories store any type of file, be it photos, videos, music, among other documents; however, they may display an error when you try to copy something larger than 4 GB in size. It doesn’t matter if your flash drive is 6GB, 8GB or 12GB, this problem usually appears and many do not know how to solve it.

Why can’t you record files larger than 4GB on USBs?

You may not know, but many USB flash drives sold in the market come in FAT32 format, a file system created more than 20 years ago, when Windows 95 was the last operating system from Microsoft. Although it is compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS, there is a limitation: it does not support files larger than 4GB.

For this reason, when you try to copy a high-resolution video, video game .iso or other large file, you will not be able to do it, even if your USB has more capacity. There are several solutions, the first is compress the archive with WinRAR and split it into several parts that weigh less than 4GB. In this way, you will be able to copy without problems.

Another way to deal with this situation is change USB format from FAT32 to exFAT either NTFS. Doing so is quite simple, just make sure to save the files on the flash drive somewhere else (your PC’s hard drive, for example), as doing so will format the removable storage drive. You just have to follow these steps:

  • Right click on the USB and choose ‘Format’
  • A small window will appear showing FAT 32. Change it to exFAT or NTFS
  • Activate the ‘Quick Format’ option
  • Press the ‘Start’ button and wait a few seconds.
  • That would be all. Now you will have no problems when you try to burn a file larger than 4 GB to your USB.