When I copy an iso file from macOS to a USB disk, I meet Item Can Not Be Copied Because It Is Too Large For The Volume’s Format error message like below. This article will tell you how to fix this error.
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1. Why It Is Too Large For The Volume’s Format.
The reason for this error is because the USB disk format is windows dos format, such as fat32. The dos format disk max single file size is 4 GB. So when the copied file is large than 4 GB, then the error will happen.
We can find the USB disk format use the macOS disk utility tool.
Click Finder —> Applications —> Utilities —> Disk Utility to open the disk utility tool.
2. How To Fix It Is Too Large For The Volume’s Format Error.
To fix this error, you need to reformat the USB disk with a macOS disk format such as Mac OS Extend(Journaled). But if you want to use the USB disk to transfer a big file from macOS to Windows, you need to reformat it with ExFAT format, otherwise, Windows will not recognize the disk format and need to format it when you plug the USB disk into PC.Select the USB disk in the macOS Disk Utility tool, please note, you should select the disk carefully, do not select the main disk.Before erasing the USB disk, you need to back up the existing data to a safe place in your computer, this is very important, because the erasing will remove all the data in the USB disk.Then click Erase icon at the top menu bar, and select Mac OS Extended ( Journaled ) disk format or ExFAT disk format in the dropdown list. Click the Erase button to reformat the USB disk. The ExFAT disk format support 16EB (BILLION TB) data size and it is supported by multiple OS ( Windows, Linux, macOS ), so with this disk format, you can transfer the files between different operating system.