How to Fix Error 0x80071ac3

The error 0x80071ac3 reportedly occurs while copying data. Check the hard drive using Check Disk tool, reinstall your drivers, verify whether write-protection is enabled or not, and if the problem still persists, set required privileges to the target folder.

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Use Check Disk

The Check Disk tool verifies and repairs file system errors. Your operating system failed to retrieve information from operating system components due to bad sectors. Use the Check Disk tool to fix up the issue.

For Windows 10:

1. Double click This PC desktop icon.


2. Right click your system drive, usually drive C:\


3. Choose Properties.

4. Click Tools > Check.


5. Click the Scan Drive button in subsequent screen.


For Windows 8.1/ 8:

1. Double click Computer icon.

2. Right click the external hard disk or USB flash drive that displays error.

3. Select Properties from context menu options.

4. This opens up Drive Properties dialog box.

5. Click Tools tab, and then “Check” button (Error-checking category).

6. Click Scan Drive option in subsequent screen.

For Windows 7/ Vista:

1. Refer Steps # 1-5 under Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s section.

2. Check-up the box labeled “Automatically fix file system errors”.

3. Click “Start” button.

Disable ReadyBoost Disk Caching Feature

Your USB stick’s ReadyBoost feature might be conflicting with the functioning of your system. Use the Drive Properties dialog to disable it.

For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

1. Double click This PC or Computer icon.

2. Right click your USB Flash Drive, select Properties.

3. Click ReadyBoost tab.

4. Select “Do not use this device” option, and then click Apply | OK.


Reinstall the Drive

Faulty or incompletely installed drivers can also be responsible. Using Device Manager, load the list of all installed drivers, uninstall and reinstall the faulty drivers.

Press Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8:

1. Press Windows Key + X, select Device Manager.


2. Expand the top node in the window that opens.

3. Right click your USB Flash Drive or External Hard Disk, and select Uninstall option.

4. After the device is successfully uninstalled, exit out of the screen and restart your PC.

5. Unplug your device.

6. Your computer will restart. After restarting, open Device Manager again (Step # 1).

7. Right click the top node, select Scan for hardware changes.


For Windows 7:

1. Click Start, select Control Panel.

2. Click System and Security | System | Device Manager.

3. Refer Steps # 2-7 under Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s section.

For Windows Vista:

1. Click Start | Control Panel | System and Maintenance | Device Manager.

2. Refer Steps # 2-7 under Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8 user’s section.

Enable Writing to Drive from Registry

Make sure your Registry is set to enable writing to drive. Enable this feature if it is already disabled.

For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

1. Press Windows Key + R simultaneously.

2. Type “RegEdit” in the new dialog that opens, click OK.

3. Locate following sub key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

4. Double click “WriteProtect” string.

5. This opens up String Value dialog. If existing string value is “1” then writing to your drive is not enabled. Replace its value with “0” (zero; without quotes).

6. Click OK, exit Registry Editor.


Determine Security Privileges of Target Folder

Allow full control to the target folder using Drive Permissions dialog box.

For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

1. Double click This PC or Computer or My Computer icon; open the location where you selected to copy files.

2. Right click the folder you selected to copy files to, select Properties.

3. This opens up Folder Properties dialog box.

4. Click Security tab.


5. Click Edit button.

6. In subsequent dialog, check-up “Full control” box under “Allow” column.Permissions-for-Authenticated-Users-Section

7. Click OK | OK.

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