The Windows Operating System is very popular today, and a high number of people who own or use computers prefer it to other software operating systems. This is because they consider their experiences with the system quite seamless.

While this is true for many users, however, there are others who experience some difficulties in using the operating system. One such difficult experience includes encountering errors in the system’s operation.

Admittedly, the experience can be quite frustrating for people who do not know much about software errors. But then, things can get better if you learn useful solutions for fixing them. 

Luckily for you, this article will discuss the error code 0×800701e3 for Windows Operating Systems and how to fix it. 

Some Windows users complain about encountering the 0×800701e3 error code when performing a task that involves moving or copying files in their hard disk / SD card. Often, the error occurs when they try to transfer files among different hard drives. It also occurs, at other times, when they try to clean install a Windows OS, especially Windows 10, 8, 7, etc. 

What is the Windows 0x800701e3 Error Code

The error 0×800701e3 is a type of error code that comes up on a Windows computer screen when users perform tasks that involve moving or copying files in their hard disk / SD card. It is intended to warn the user about a file damage problem in the system that can cause further severe damages if not quickly fixed. 

What Causes the 0×800701e3 Error Code

Most times, when you encounter the 0×800701e3 error code, the problem is very likely to be from the system hard disk or SD card’s failure, resulting from damage in a SATA cable, SD card adaptor, or other hardware damages. The error can also occur when you try to clean install a version of the Windows OS from untrusted sources.  

How To Fix 0×800701e3 Error Code 

Different solutions can be useful for fixing the 0×800701e3 error code, according to various factors, including the system version, cause of the error, device type, etc. Here are a few of them that might work for you: 

Solution 1 – Deal with the Bad Sectors 

If the 0x800701e3 error comes up on your computer when you are trying to clean install a Windows version, the problem is likely to be from too many bad sectors in your HDD. When this happens, there are several system built-in utilities that can be effective for saving the day. 

Some users who have experienced the 0×800701e3 error have reported that performing CHKDSK and SFC scans helped them to continue and complete their installation without encountering further interruptions from the error code. These scans could help you, too. Here are the processes for it: 

Step 1: put on your computer and hit on any key (as directed by the system prompt) to boot from the installation media. 

Step 2: Select the ‘Repair Your Computer’ option at the initial Windows installation screen. 

Step 3: Click on ‘Command prompt’ under ‘Troubleshoot’, in the ‘Advanced Options.’ 

Step 4: type in the ‘CHKDSK’ command in the command prompt that will appear on your screen and press ‘Enter’ to run a scan on your device for the affected drive. Your system will scan and repair all corrupted and missing files. The CHKDSK command keys are “chkdsk /f x:”

Step 5: After the CHKDSK scan is completed, type in the ‘SFC’ (System File Checker) command and press ‘Enter’ to run a scan. The SFC command keys are “Sfc /scannow.” 

Step 6: After completing the above-listed steps and the second scan is finished, try to clean install the Windows version again to confirm if the process will be successful without interruptions from the 0×80070e3 error code. 

If the error persists after you have adequately completed the steps listed above, you can try this next solution. 

Solution 2 – Disable the Secure Boot 

Some Windows users who have experienced the 0x800701e3 error code have also reported that they were able to fix it by disabling their system’s Secure boot from UEFI/BOOT. 

Secure boot entails a system industry standard developed by the biggest names in the PC manufacturing industry. Its purpose is to ensure that PCs get the software they use exclusively from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). As such, this security feature is popular for creating problems with installation media that are not developed by official channels. 

If you encounter the 0×800701e3 error code while trying to clean install Windows, you can also attempt fixing it by disabling Secure boot from UEFI/BOOT. Here are the procedures for doing this: 

Step 1: hit on the ‘Setup’ (Boot key) repeatedly on your device after powering the system (during the initial bootup sequence). 

The ‘Setup’ key can often be found on your system at the initial screen. However, you can also check for your specific ‘Setup’ key over the internet if you cannot locate it. You can as well press the system keys that are by some users for this purpose. They include the ‘Esc’ key, ‘F’ keys (F1, F2, F3, F8, F12), or the ‘Del’ key. 

Step 2: once you have access to the BIOS menu, locate the ‘Secure Boot’ setting, and change it to ‘Disabled.’ The exact location of the BIOS may vary according to system manufacturer. However, you will mostly find the Security tab. You can also locate it in the Boot or Authentication tab, according to your manufacturer. 

Step 3: save the effected changes and exit your BIOS settings. After that, try to clean install your Windows again to see if the 0×800701e3 error has persisted. 

If the error persists, you can still try the next solution listed here. 

Solution 3 – Change the System Connection Cable or Card Adapter

Most times, the 0×800701e3 error is caused by or indicates a problem inside the system’s hardware or SD card. However, it can also be caused by peripheral faults like in the SATA cable or SD card adapter. 

So, suppose you have tried the other solutions suggested above, and the error persists. In that case, you can also try fixing it by changing your system connectivity cable or SD card adapter and see if the error will be fixed. 

If this solution still does not work for you and the error continues disrupting your system, you can move to the next solution.

Solution 4 – Repeat the File Sharing Operation Over and Over Again

Suppose your system’s error code 0×800701e3 continues after you have tried all other solutions listed here, and the files in your drive are much important. In that case, you can try to recover them by retrying the file-sharing operation repeatedly.

Doing this might be able to recover your data in bits until you have gotten them all. You can also try moving the data separately at different times, instead of moving all of them. 

Many users had said that this method helped them to recover their data when they experienced the 0x800701e3 error. However, this solution only works for failing SD cards. 

Solution 5 – Recover Your Data with a Third Party Software

If you are unable to recover your crucial data by repeatedly trying the file-sharing process, some specialized third-party software can be helpful. Get a trusted one and try recovering your data with it. 

Here are some of the software that can help recover your data: 

  • DDRescue 
  • Unstoppable Copier 
  • Disk Drill. 

Note that this solution is only recommended if all the other solutions that have been suggested here do not work out fine for you.

Bottom Line

There is no doubt that experiencing disruptions while trying to perform vital tasks in your PC can be quite frustrating, especially if you do not have enough technical knowledge to help you solve the problem.

In this article, we have suggested some useful tips and processes that can be very helpful for fixing the Windows 0×800701e3 error code. Surely, you are set for much more seamless experiences while using your Windows system with this knowledge. 

Important note

It is important to note that, in most cases, the 0×800701e3 error code signifies a hardware problem in your system that can lead to more serious issues that can cause the drive to fail.

As such, you should try to recover and transfer as much of your data as you can to another memory space when you encounter it. Doing this will protect you from the chances of losing your data permanently if the hard drive or SD card fails.