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How to Fix Error 0x800701E3 on Windows 10/8.1/7 [2020 Update]

In most scenarios, the error message states Error 0x800701E3: The requested failed due to a fatal device hardware error when copying a file. In addition, some users reported that they encounter error 0x800701E3 when trying to upgrade Windows.

This error usually reflects that your hard disk has bad sectors. If your SATA cable or SD card adapter gets damaged, you may encounter the error code 0x800701E3. Besides, too many conflicting components can also trigger this error.

Since error 0x800701E3 indicates serious hardware issue that may cause unexpected data loss, it is highly recommended that you back up important data as soon as possible. Now, let’s see how to fix error 0x800701E3 in Windows 10/8.1/7.

Fix 1. Run DISM Scan

DISM is a widely used command line that can help fix the issues related to Windows upgrading. If you encounter the 0x800701E3 error code when upgrading Windows 7 to 10, you can try running DISM scan.

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box, and then right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type the following commands in the elevated window and hit Enter after typing each one.

  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Step 3. Wait for some time to complete this scan. After that, restart your computer to see if error 0x800701E3 disappears.

Fix 2. Run SFC and CHKDSK Scan

Some users encounter error 0x800701E3 when performing a clean installation. Under this situation, you can run CHKDSK and SFC scan using a Windows bootable USB drive. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1. Start your computer from the bootable USB drive.

Step 2. In the Install Now window, click on Repair your computer.

Step 3. Select the Troubleshoot to open the Advanced options menu, and then click on Command Prompt.

Step 4. Type the chkdsk /f D: command and press Enter to start running CHKDSK scan on the affected hard drive. (Replace D with the driver letter that you want to check).

Step 5. Once the chkdsk command is finished, type sfc /scannow command and hit Enter. After that, it will can all protected system files and replace corrupted files with a cached copy.

Fix 3. Check Your Cable/SD Card Adapter

A failing peripheral like a SATA cable or an SD card adapter is also responsible for error code error 0x800701E3. To check if there is something wrong with the peripherals, we recommend that you use another cable or SD card adapter.

If this solution can’t help you, don’t worry, you can try the following methods.

Fix 4. Disable Secure Boot

Disabling Secure Boot is a potential solution to get rid of error 0x800701E3. It has been proven by some users to be useful. Now, have a try.

Step 1. Start your computer and press the specific key to enter BIOS. Usually, F2 and Delete are the most common.

Step 2. Navigate to the Security tab, and then select Secure Boot feature by pressing the arrow keys and set it to Disabled.

Step 3. Press F10 to save the changes and exit.

Now, check if you have get rid of error 0x800701E3 in Windows 10

Bear I mind that you need to factory reset your computer if you want to re-activate Secure Boot feature later. So, make sure you back up your Windows timely.

Fix 5. Perform a System Restore

If you encounter the error code 0x800701E3 when upgrading Windows 7 to 10, you can try restoring your Windows to an earlier date. To do so, follow the steps below to perform a system restore.

Step 1. Start your computer and log on as an administrator.

Step 2. Click the Start menu at the bottom left of the screen. Then select All Programs > Accessories > System Tools one by one, and then click on System Restore.

Step 3. Select the Restore my computer to an earlier time option and click Next to continue.

Step 4. Select the recommended restore point and click on Next button. Here it is recommended that you choose the most recent store point.

Step 5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete this restore. After that, restart computer and check if you get rid of 0x800701E3 error code.