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How to fix the ‘This parameter is incorrect’ error when copying files in Windows

Every day people encounter different problems with their computers. Whether it’s at work or at home, the problems can be almost identical. For sure, if you use your PC all the time, you have encountered copying of various files. This is usually done in a few clicks. The procedure is really very simple. However, sometimes there are some difficulties.

If you try to copy some file from one repository to another and you get an error window with the “This parameter is incorrect” error, most likely the problem is with the file size. It may be an attempt to copy a large file from one partition to another, which means that the maximum size of the file to be saved is exceeded.

This error message also appears if the required service isn’t running on your computer, so you cannot connect to the network and possibly install network adapters such as Plug and Play, Remote Access Automatic Connection Manager, Remote Access Connection Manager, and Telephony.

Anyway, here’s how to fix this error on your Windows PC.

What does the ‘This parameter is incorrect’ error cause

Here’s a list of reasons why this error may occur

  • Software conflicts. There are third-party apps or services that are causing this particular problem.
  • Damaged system files.
  • Damaged or incorrect display drivers.
  • Damaged Windows update service.
  • Different disk formatting.

For example, if you try to copy a file larger than 4 GB, Windows may give you this error. The reason for this is that your destination disk is formatted in FAT32. The FAT32 format suffers from a 4GB limit for individual files. As a result, when you try to move large files, you may encounter an incorrect parameter.

How to convert a drive from FAT32 to NTFS format

There is a simple way to solve this problem: convert the destination drive from FAT32 to NTFS. This way you can change the file system without removing the data on the disk. So, if you want to convert your destination drive from FAT32 to NTFS format, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, press “Win + E” on your keyboard to open File Explorer.
  • After that, click on “This PC” to see all the devices and drives connected to your PC.
  • Find your USB drive or external drive and make a note of the drive letter assigned to the destination drive.
  • Then, press the “Windows” button on your keyboard and enter “cmd” in the text field. Press “Enter”.
  • Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator” from the list.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the “convert I: /fs:ntfs” command. Replace “I” with your destination drive letter.
  • Finally, press the “Enter” key and wait for the process to complete.

Once you have finished these steps, close Command Prompt and try moving the files again to see if the error is resolved.

How to reformat the destination drive as NTFS

You can also solve this error by reformatting the destination drive as NTFS. Keep in mind that the reformat process will remove all the data on your drive. So, if you want to do this, you have to follow these steps:

  • Press “Win + E” on your keyboard to open File Explorer.
  • After that, click on “This PC” to see all the devices and drives connected to your PC.
  • Then, right-click on your destination drive and select “Format”.
  • Now, click the drop-down for “File System” and choose “NTFS”. Leave everything else as default.
  • Finally, click on the “Start” button and click “OK” to confirm the action.

Once you have completed these steps, you can copy large files without any error.

How to scan for drive errors using Chkdsk

Keep in mind that Chkdsk can erase some data during the repair process. So, it’s important to create a backup of all your files on the drive. So, if you want to scan for drive errors using Chkdsk, you have to follow these steps:

  • At first, press the “Windows” button on your keyboard and enter “cmd” in the text field. Press “Enter”.
  • Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator” from the list.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the “Chkdsdk I: /f/x/r” command. Replace “I” with your destination drive letter.
  • After that, press “Enter” to execute the command. Chkdsk will scan the disk for errors and fix any file integrity issues. Depending on the size of the disk, the scan may take some time. So wait until the process is complete to see if the tool has fixed any problems.

Once you have completed these steps, you have to restart your PC and check if the error is resolved.

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