Mar 132008
 


I am trying to copy big file from server hard disk to external USB hard disk and instantly i am getting the following error

Cannot copy file. The Parameter Is Incorrect Error

I tried an xcopy in dos with the same result.I have also tried to copy the same file in my server hard disk with different location and that worked too! So it was something to do with copying to the USB Hard drive.

Finally the penny dropped that my new external HDD was formatted as FAT32 and hence had a maximum file size of 4Gb.A quick reformat my USB hard disk with NTFS and I got my backups squirted across onto the external disk with no trouble.

So you need to make sure your drives are formated with FAT32 it will allow maximum file size of 4Gb so you need to make sure you have formated your external disk with NTFS.

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  95 Responses to “Fix for Cannot copy file. The Parameter Is Incorrect Error”

  1. just delete some junk file..than..its all alright.. :)

  2. Hi guys i m getting “the parameter is incorrect” when i start my computer and then it shut down automatically and when i try to watch youtube after watching 1 min or less than 1 min this “parrameter is incorrect” pop up. please help me with this problem i m very frustrated about this problem. Thanks for the solutions.

  3. I was trying to copy a 70mb AVI file from an 8Gb MemoryStick Pro to the hard drive, and it would not copy because the parameter was incorrect.

    I used AllToAVI (alltoavi.sourceforge.net) to capture the AVI file from the memory stick, when all other programs failed to open it.

    I originally downloaded AllToAVI because it correctly reads subtitles from .mkv video files.

    The 70mb file in question is now safely on my hard drive.

  4. I have to have my hd formatted to FAT32 because iuse it on my PS3, so wat are the ways around that. trying to store bigger files that 4.5gb on FAT32

  5. I tried to copy a 1.2GB file from C:\torrent to a 4GB flash drive that had 1.8 GB free and got this error. I tried renaming the file to a smaller name, without special characters and still, same error, then tried deleting a ;large file that was on the USB drive, leaving 2.45GB free, hoping it was a fragmentation issue, still the same error. I was able to copy the file to the root of H: drive (a different drive, not just another partition, I have many…), then was able to successfully copy it from the root of H: to the USB drive. I still do not know what caused the error, nor why copying from a different location worked. Windows XP Pro SP3, USB formatted FAT32, C: is first partition, 234GB in size on 500GB drive, H: is last partition, 215GB in size on a second, same make/model 500GB drive. Both partitions are NTFS. Can anyone explain what is going on?

  6. I used a 32GB Delkin SDHC cards to film a wedding with a Canon 60D (DSLR camera). Yesterday when i was transferring the files to my cpu, one of the .mov files which contained the whole ceremony kept giving me parameter errors or device not ready… i tried transferring and converting it via CanopusProcoder directly from the card and only managed to extract half of the 3GB file.. the rest of the file i cannot seem to transfer, it would stop midway through the transfer/extraction and give me the errors. I’ve tried 2 different card readers and 3 different computers. all other files in the card went through smoothly with no problems.

    Thanks,

    Ken

  7. Thanx a ton jeff allen …solved my problem and saved my day now i can got sleep in peace

  8. thanks a lot

  9. please help! i was trying to copy games to my r4 III for ds and it says The parameter is incorrect! what should i do to fix this????

  10. Thanks Paul, your command worked without needing to format the drive

    convert G: /FS:NTFS /NoSecurity.

  11. ** FIX For the Problem:
    ** The main problem is with the Memory sectors of the respective media, i.e the memory latches which are misplaced.
    so to correct it Follow the Procedure:

    - Right click on the desired Drive and select Properties.
    - Then in the Properties , Go to Tools Tab.
    - Press the “check Now” button.
    - Check ,
    * Auto fix Errors.
    * Scan for Bad sectors.
    - Wait till it completes all phases.

  12. Thanks, it worked!

  13. why Can’t I Copy a Large File Despite Having Larger Free Space?
    convert FAT32 to NTFS

    Start > Run > Cmd

    convert d: /fs:ntfs

    Now I can copy large files! yey! XD

  14. rapture: i agree, trying a different usb port worked for me. thank u! needed to transfer a 550mb avi file from a mini sd card to a usb drive

  15. i have external 1tb hard drive, that has been working fine for since last night, whenever i click on the hard drive icon in ‘my computer’ After a while when it “unhangs” the message that pops up either says ‘cannot open I/ the parameter is incorrect’If i try and format it all the data will be erased, so how do i fix the parameter or format my hard drive without deleting anything ? plz try to help me asap..

  16. i hv 4gb memory card but i am not able to copy,cut or delete the data from card.and i can not put the data in it from computer or bluthueth.help me plz

  17. I had the same problem copying a file of 60MB from hard disk to a Micro-SD of 4GB size.
    There was 1.2GB free on the Memory Card.
    After reading this article, i just freed up some space in my memory card, and tried copying the same file again. Done! Copied!
    Thank Dude :)

  18. i had tried to copy data into my laptop from pendrive,but aftersome time i instantly get an message “you have to make administrative permission” after that i click on continue button,but data was not copy in my pc.
    so help me fix that problem.

  19. My external hard drive, that has been working fine , now causes windows explorer to hang whenever i click on the hard drive icon in ‘my computer’

    After a while when it “unhangs” the message that pops up either says ‘cannot open G/ the parameter is incorrect’

    If i try and format it all the data will be erased, so how do i fix the parameter or format my hard drive without deleting anything ?

  20. Thanks for the solution ……….its very helpful.

  21. i cannot delete files from my usb flashdrive

  22. Hi ,
    i have a prob with my flash memory ( 4 gb) , the pc asked me to format it to can use it, and after i formatted i have only 4MB , i’ve tried to enter in Disk Management it says the same 4Mb…please help
    Thanks

  23. “”" Indeed, FAT32 only supports files up to 4 GB. I ran into the same problem when copying an ~4.5 GB file to an 8 GB flash drive.
    There is a quicker solution that doesn’t require you to reformat or lose data on the drive, using the command-line “convert” command. Suppose the flash drive is mounted to g:\. Open up a command window (start menu -> run -> cmd), and type:
    convert G: /FS:NTFS.
    Personally, I don’t need the “security descriptors” on the flash drive file system, so I use the variant:
    convert G: /FS:NTFS /NoSecurity.
    The conversion should be very quick, and of course it has the benefit of not needing to move any files off the flash drive (since you don’t need to reformat it).
    I hope that helps somebody. — Paul “”"

    Thank you so much Jeff Allen ! :)

  24. It worked It worked Am soooooooooooo happy thanks a ZILLION !!

  25. “”” Indeed, FAT32 only supports files up to 4 GB. I ran into the same problem when copying an ~4.5 GB file to an 8 GB flash drive.
    There is a quicker solution that doesn’t require you to reformat or lose data on the drive, using the command-line “convert” command. Suppose the flash drive is mounted to g:\. Open up a command window (start menu -> run -> cmd), and type:
    convert G: /FS:NTFS.
    Personally, I don’t need the “security descriptors” on the flash drive file system, so I use the variant:
    convert G: /FS:NTFS /NoSecurity
    The conversion should be very quick, and of course it has the benefit of not needing to move any files off the flash drive (since you don’t need to reformat it).
    I hope that helps somebody. — Paul “””

    Smart and easy. Thank you Paul Macklin!

  26. Thnx a lot……

  27. Whenever i try to use my scanner it comes up with the msg “parameters are incorrect” the above solutions don’t seem to apply in this case as it’s installed onto the computer rather than a separate drive. Please help.

  28. Please help me on this issue.
    what to do Parameter in correct comes on copying photos from memory card to pc

  29. that was awesome coooool man get the thing right away

  30. Evil Engineer great job. I done it and save critical data thanks a lot to share the knowledge

  31. My problem was to copy photos from a memory M2. I solved changing M2 USB reader. If you’re doing it from the phone, changed to a usb card reader.

  32. i tried to copy music to the memory card using SD card but it surdenly stoped and the message saying error can not copy file, parameter incorrect. then also when i try to delete the file, it tells me error can not delete nul file, parameter in correct,
    guys please help me to workout this problem

  33. Use “Long Path Tool”. I use it whenever I face this problem It helped me.

  34. Thanks !

  35. Thanks Evil Engineer , really worked for me…. other solutions had scared me out…thanks a lot

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