Cannot Copy Files From the DVD to the Hard Drive: The Parameter Is Incorrect

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Cannot Copy Files From the DVD to the Hard Drive: The Parameter Is Incorrect
The NTFS hard-drive format has no file-size limitations. (opened hard drive image by Madrider from

DVDs are excellent for storing your computer files. They are easy to store and transport, and have a high capacity. If you have ever tried transferring the data from a DVD back onto a PC hard drive, though, you might have experienced a message saying "The parameter is incorrect." This means that your hard drive is formatted as FAT32, which holds only files smaller than 4 GB, and your file is larger than that. This is a common error message when transferring video files. There are solutions to this problem, but the time they require varies.

Skill level:


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    Reformat your PC's hard drive. This is quite an extreme solution, but if you are going to regularly transfer files that are larger than 4 GB to your hard drive, it might be quicker to reformat your hard drive once than to follow other solutions several times. You will need to back up your data first and make sure you reformat your hard drive in the NTFS format.

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    Use an external storage drive. If you need to use your files on a PC, but you don't want to use them directly from the DVD, you can transfer them from the DVD to an external device -- such as a hard drive or a USB memory stick -- and use them on your PC through this device. This will be faster than accessing them from the DVD and gives you the option to edit and save them to the device, which you cannot do on a DVD.

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    Split or compress the files. This requires an external device to temporarily store them. Transfer your file to the external device, compress it or split it into multiple files, and then transfer it to your hard drive. If the file is a video, compressing it will not work because would need to expand it again to watch it on your hard drive. You cannot do this because of its size, but you can find many programs that can be used to split video files.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure any external devices you use are also in NTFS format. Otherwise, you will not be able to store files on them that are larger than 4 GB.

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