Microsoft is notorious for throwing out the most cumbersome error details along with equally irritating error codes. Often we end up receiving errors while performing the most fundamental functions on the operating system and can do nothing more than scratch our hair endlessly whilst looking at the error description. Microsoft’s error codes however are very extensive and each of them can occur on a variety of locations due to a variety of reasons. As a user, it’s absolutely paramount to first understand the error’s reason of occurrence and then proceed with finding the remedy.
Microsoft’s programmers easily constitute one of the most sophisticated breed of developers and their coding practices are not to be questioned, well at-least not most of the time. If you want to know about the error codes and their specific descriptions, then you can visit this link where it’s clearly visible how much these guys value their documentation.
One such error code is the 0x8007000E error code that prevents you from backing up your data to an external hard drive or a USB. Windows 10 supports the facility of automatically backing up your data to any drive of your choice and this error often pops up when there is some sort of file system error in a drive that you are trying to back up or if the target drive is either write-locked or has some issues. Backing up your data in the world of today is an absolute must because you can’t really rely on your computer to exist endlessly. There is always a chance of the worst to happen and to not have your data at the end of a digital catastrophe is an act of added salt on the wound. The following steps will be able to completely guide you through the whole process of removing the errors on your local drive and/or on your external drive that might be preventing the back up:
Firstly, you need to identify the drive that’s not being backed up. Most probably, you should already know that. These type of errors occur majorly because of some file system issues. Navigate to the drive that’s causing the issue, say drive C:/ and right click on it. From the drop down, click on Properties.
From the bars present at the top, click on “Tools”
Here you will see an option to perform a check for file system errors and nuances. Click on the “check” button.
Microsoft might prompt you by saying that “There is no need to scan the drive for errors because we haven’t found any…” Scan the drive anyway by clicking on the “Scan drive” option.
Once the scan is complete (and any existent errors fixed) try backing up your drive again. If it doesn’t work then we suggest using the CHKDSK command. Perform the following steps:
Hit “Windows key + X” to fire up the power users menu. Once the pop up appears, hit “A” and the command prompt must appear asking you for administrative privileges. Provide them.
Now we are ready to input the CHKDSK command. Here is its usage:
chkdsk C: /f /r /x
In this command, C: is the concerned drive; /f stands for a flag that gives CHKDSK the liberty to fix any errors that it finds, /r instructs it to search for bad sectors and perform readable information recovery while /x coerces the drive to be dismounted before the beginning of the process.
If the drive you need to check (backup) is a boot drive then CHKDSK will ask you for permission to execute the command before the next boot takes place. Enter “Y” and your computer will reboot.
Keep in mind that that CHKDSK command can take up a lot of time as it has to perform a lot of system level functions. Once it shows you the results, any file system errors or nuances must get fixed.
Reconnect the external drive that you want to back up the data to and see if the error still persists. IF it does, then you should know be aware that your computer’s file system is not to blame and there must be some problem with the external drive that you are trying to back the data up to. A workable solution at this point would be to format the external drive before trying again. To do so, perform the following steps:
(Note: All of your data will be deleted if you perform a format)
Go to your drive in the file explorer and right click on it. From the drop-down you will get an option that says “Format”. Click on it.
When the window appears, uncheck the “Quick format” button that’s present in the Format options and start the format.
Try backing up the data now and ideally, it should work.