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How to fix error 0x80004001 while Backing Up Data


Here’s how to fix 0x80004001 error which comes while baking up the data. The best way to ensure that your content remains safe at all times is to back it up.

Even though the Windows Operating System now provides a lot many different ways that users use to back up the important data on a computer, still the best way is to physically back up all important data to an external hdd which can then be placed in some safe location.

How to fix error 0x80004001 while Backing Up Data

Users quite often back the data they deem important up to external hard drives, but not every time everyone gets the success. One such case is when the user is victimized with 0x80004001 error while in trials to back up data to a hard drive externally.

Error 0x80004001 is comes with an error message that goes on something like this:

“there is not enough free space on the external harddrive to back the data up”

In most cases, when the above error meassage comes up, that really is the case and the surely the solution is that the user has is to either plug in another external hard drive have extra required space or surely to free up storage space on the external hdd. But that is not always the case!

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In the case wherein you are completely sure that the external hard drive has enough free storage space but you are still getting this particular error 0x80004001, the reason for the 0x80004001 error may be file system issue.

And luckily if that is the scenario, all you need to do to solve the issue is to run a simple CHKDSK utility on your external harddrive, and this tool will go around and look for any system file errors and fix any that are found.

So, here are the steps to go about to do this:

  1. Hit the Start Menu.
  2. Type in for cmd.
  3. You have to Right-click on the search result which shows cmd and select Run as administrator.
  4. Type chkdsk /f E: into the elevated Command Prompt, where you have to replace E with the alphabetical letter assigned to your external hard drive by your computer (F – for example). After the command is typed hit the Enter key to execute the command.
  5. Now hold your horses and wait for while by the time the CHKDSK utility will find and fix any and all system file errors on the external hdd.


Once the utility has worked its magic, you should no longer get error 0x80004001 when trying to back data up to your other hard disk.

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