If an error occurs while attempting to copy a 4GB or larger file to your flash drive, it is due to FAT32 limitations. Files larger than 4GB cannot be stored on FAT32 volume. Formatting the flash drive as NTFS will resolve this issue.
STEP 1 - Optimize the flash drive for performance
1. Plug in the device to the PC.
2. Double-click My Computer.
3. Right-click on the flash drive, then select Properties.
4. Click the Hardware tab.
5. Select the USB Device disk drive, then click Properties.
6. Click the Policies tab.
7. Select Optimize for performance, then click OK.
STEP 2 - Format the flash drive
1. Double-click My Computer.
2. Right-click on the flash drive, then select Format.
3. In the File system list, click NTFS.
4. Click Start.
5. Click OK to start formatting.
- Always remember to backup your data first. Formatting will delete all the data on your device.
- Formatting the device as NTFS will make it unable to be written to on a Mac computer. Most Mac computers can read NTFS, but not write.
- NTFS is a journaled file system; this creates more read/write activities. Therefore, it will decrease life expectancy of your device.
- Once the device is formatted as NTFS, you MUST use "Safely Remove Hardware" to eject the drive.