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Error codes often indicate what went wrong under the hood of the computer hardware. It is not recommended to ignore error messages, especially if they are a fatal error message that can alert the user to a serious problem.
And if this is not addressed, such problems can lead to huge losses. Therefore, it is important to have a general understanding of error messages and associated codes. This article describes how to fix error 0x800701e3.
This error is caused by a hardware failure where I / O operations fail while transferring a file from one location to another. The error message always indicates that the process could not be completed due to a hardware failure.
In most cases, the only way out of a hardware failure is to replace the failed hard drive. However, using the solutions below doesn’t hurt, as sometimes they help resolve this error.
Run CHKDSK scan and SFC scan to fix error 0x800701E3
If you encounter error 0x800701E3 while trying to clean your Windows installation, it could be because your hard drive has a lot of bad sectors or errors. There are several built-in Windows utilities that can be used to fix bad sectors and errors to a certain extent.
The first built-in utility is to run a CHKDSK scan. This method helped some users to resolve error 0x800701E3. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1. Shut down your computer and restart your computer from the Windows 10 installation USB / DVD.
Step 2. When the “Install Now” screen appears, click “Repair your computer”.
Step 3. In the pop-up window, go to the Advanced Options menu and go to the Troubleshoot menu. Then click on Command Prompt in Advanced Options.
Step 4. At the command prompt, type the following command and press Enter to run a CHKDSK scan on the affected hard drive: chkdsk / f D: (Note: D: drive letter of the affected hard drive). This command scans and repairs missing or corrupted system files.
Step 5. After the chkdsk command completes, enter the following command and press Enter to run the System File Checker (SFC) scan: sfc / scannow. This process takes some time.
Step 6. After the SFC scan is complete, you can try to clean your Windows installation again and check if error 0x800701E3 is still present in the process.
Use WMIC to check for hard drive errors
The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMIC) command checks your C drive. Is this important? Yes, because the roots of error 0x800701E3 can go deeper than problems with an external hard drive.
In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command: “wmic diskdrive get status” and press Enter. The test result can be as follows:
- An OK message means the hard drive is working properly.
- Messages such as “Unknown”, “Attention”, etc. indicate that there is a problem with the hard drive that needs urgent resolution as data may be lost.
However, do not worry if you have already used DiskInternals Partition Recovery and have saved all your files.
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