FIX: Windows 10 error 0x800701E3

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • Windows errors that occur during file transfers can be dangerous, especially when they interrupt the process.
  • Such would be the case with Windows 10 error 0x800701E3 as shown below.
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Windows error 0x800701E3

Some users have posted about error 0x800701E3 on Microsoft’s support forum. One user said this in a post:

I am trying to transfer files across to my external hard drive and am getting the error code 0x800701E3.

The error message states:

0x800701E3error DEVICE_HARDWARE_ERROR, The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error.

Therefore, users can’t transfer files to external drives when that issue arises. This is how you might be able to fix error 0x800701E3.

How do I fix Windows 10 error 0x800701E3?

1. Run a CHKDSK scan

Some users have confirmed CHKDSK (Check Disk) scans for both the external drives and PC hard drives can fix the issue.

  1. To scan a drive with CHKDSK, click the File Explorer button on Windows 10’s taskbar.
  2. Click This PC in File Explorer.
  3. Then right-click the drive to scan with Check Disk.
  4. Select the Tools tab.
    Check button Error 0x800701E3 on Windows 10
  5. Click the Check button.
  6. Select the Scan drive option.
  7. First, scan the external drive with Check Disk.
    • If that doesn’t resolve the issue, scan the hard drive with Check Disk also.

2. Run a System File Checker scan

    1. Some users might to initiate an HDD System File Checker scan to fix error 0x800701E3.
      • Press the Windows key + S key combination to open the search utility.
    2. Input cmd as the search keyword in the text box.
    3. Open an elevated Command Prompt by right-clicking Command Prompt and selecting the Run as administrator option.
    4. Click Yes if a confirmation window opens.
    5. First, input this command in the Prompt’s window, and press the Return key:
      DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
    6. Next, initiate the System File Checker scan by entering this command:
    • sfc /scannow

SFC command Error 0x800701E3 on Windows 10

Wait for the SFC scan to finish scanning. If the scan does repair files, click Restart on the Start menu.

3. Check out Unstoppable Copier

Alternatively, try transferring files between drives with Unstoppable Copier. That utility can come in handy for transferring files when file transfer issues arise.

Click Download on the Unstoppable Copier page to save the installer for it. After installing Unstoppable Copier with its installer, open that utility’s window.

Then you can click the utility’s Help tab for further details for how you can transfer files from a source drive to a target with Unstoppable Copier.

Unstoppable Copier window Error 0x800701E3 on Windows 10

4. Reformat the external drive

  1. Users have also confirmed that they fixed the issue by reformatting external drives they were trying to transfer files to.
  2. First, plug the drive into the laptop or desktop.
  3. Then open File Explorer.
  4. Click This PC on the left of Explorer.
  5. Right-click the external drive and select Format on the context menu.Format USB Drive window Error 0x800701E3 on Windows 10
  6. Select the Quick Format checkbox.
  7. Press the Start button in the window to reformat the drive.

Those are some of the more probable resolutions for error 0x800701E3, but they’re not always entirely guaranteed for all users.

Users who have fixed the same error with other resolutions not mentioned above are welcome to share their fixes below.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows 10 Errors

  • When does Windows 10 error 0x800701E3 trigger?

According to users, this error message appears when they try transferring data between drives.

  • How do I fix the Windows 10 error 0x800701E3?

One fast way to fix Windows 10 error 0x800701E3 is through a System File Checker scan.

  • Can my external hard drive be to blame for Windows 10 error 0x800701E3?

If you performed a system reset and you still encounter Windows 10 error 0x800701E3, then maybe you should consider resetting that external hard drive.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in March 2020 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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