Fixed – “The requested system device cannot be found” Error

This article covers details about the error ‘The requested system device cannot be found’ and a potential solution to resolve the same. But before we begin, it is important to understand some of the terms explained here,

Boot sector: Area that contains information that is necessary to load the OS

MBR: short for Master Boot Record is the first sector in the hard disk that contains info about the location of OS, so the BIOS can look for it.

BCD: short for Boot Configuration Data contains boot time configuration and this information is used by the Boot Manager

Normally, if the partition table or the boot sector is corrupt, you may not be able to boot into Windows normally. Instead, you will have to enter recovery menu or use a Windows installation media and choose to Startup repair. If this doesn’t help, you can manually troubleshoot using Bootrec.exe in the command prompt.

Using the Bootrec.exe tool, you can repair MBR, rebuild BCD or even write a new boot sector. To perform these operations are various commands such as /FixMbr, /rebuildbcd, /ScanOS etc.

/FixMbr is used to write a new MBR when the existing MBR is corrupted or damaged.

/FixBoot is used to write a new boot sector into the system partition. It is used when the boot sector is damaged

/ScanOS scans and lists all the installations that Boot Manager does not

/RebuildBCD is used to rebuild the BCD completely

/BCDEDIT is used to manage boot menu such as create new stores, modify existing ones, adding boot options etc.

While performing /BCDEDIT, some users complain about the error ‘The requested system device cannot be found’. This error normally is found when you try to perform Bootrec operations using a USB installation media. To fix this error,

  1. In the advanced recovery options menu, click on Command Prompt
  2. Type ‘diskpart’ to list all partitions and for you to identify EFI partition (Please note that EFI partition is formatted using FAT32)
  3. Type ‘sel vol #’ (where # is the volume number associated with this partition)
  4. Type ‘assign letter=x’ to assign a letter to the EFI partition; replace x with a letter of your choice
  5. Type ‘exit’ to exit diskpart
  6. Then type the following commands and hit Enter after every command
  • ‘cd /d <drive letter>: \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\’
  • ‘bootrec /fixboot’
  • ‘ren BCD BCD.bak’
  • ‘bcdboot C:\Windows /l en–gb /s <drive letter:> /f ALL’ (Using ‘/f ALL command’ will update UEFI firmware and other BIOS settings)

Conclusion

This solution covered should help you resolve the error ‘The requested system device cannot be found’ and rebuild BCD. However, if this method does not work, you can try reinstalling Windows from scratch. Although reinstalling Windows can be cumbersome, in worse situations, it can help.

Other than these problems, of course are data loss scenarios due to damaged boot sector or partition table. If you don’t have a proper backup in place, it can be extremely hard to deal with. Thankfully, there are data recovery programs such as Yodot Recovery to recover data from formatted or partitioned hard drives. It can also be used with GPT partitions, refer GPT partition recovery for more details.

How to Fix Start-up Problems with the Windows Start Up Repair Tool

Windows startup repair is one of the tools in System Recovery menu used when the system does not boot normally. It is designed to fix damaged or missing system files that are necessary for booting the system normally. You can access this tool on your system or on the Windows installation disc.

Method 1: Access startup repair from recovery menu

If your PC doesn’t start, you can access Windows startup repair tool by following the steps below.

  1. Restart your system and choose a boot option. In Windows 10 and Windows 8, keep pressing F11 until the ‘Choose an Option’ screen appears.
  2. Next click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options
  3. From the advanced options menu, select Startup repair

Now the tool scans your drive and attempts to fix errors, so your computer can boot normally. If the repair is successful, you will receive a success message. If not, you may have to run the tool again depending on the error.

If the repair is still not successful, Startup repair may suggest that you perform a system restore.  You can proceed if you prefer, if not click Cancel to stop the process.

If you want more details about the process undertaken by Start-up repair, click on ‘View diagnostic and repair details’.

However, sometimes you may not be allowed to access Startup repair from the boot. In such cases, you can use the Windows installation CD/DVD to access startup repair. This is explained in detail in the next section.

Method 2: From Windows installation media

You can access startup repair from the Windows installation media as well. If you don’t have it handy, Microsoft allows you to download and copy it to a USB or DVD.

  1. Insert the installation media into the system that cannot boot normally
  2. You will receive a message ‘Press any key to boot from DVD’. Watch out for that and press any key appropriately.
  3. In Windows 10 and 8, click on Repair your computer in the bottom left corner
  4. Then click on Troubleshoot > Startup repair

Now Windows will run Startup Repair and fix problems issues associated with system files that help the computer boot and work normally.

If this does not work, you will have to reinstall Windows entirely and check if your system can boot. Of course, if there are physical issues with hardware, this may not be helpful.

Using a Windows installation media start-up repair, you can also fix errors such as ‘Bootmgr is missing’. However, if you have lost data due to these errors or while performing some of these procedures and there is no backup available, you can use data recovery tools such as Yodot data recovery software. It is a comprehensive hard drive recovery software that can be used to recover data and partitions. For detailed steps on recovering data refer ‘Bootmgr is missing’ guide.

How to Use your Mac’s Disk Utility to Partition, Wipe, Repair, Restore, and Copy Drives

You don’t need fancy partitioning tools or disk managers to manage partitions on your Mac. You can do so using the built-in Disk Utility tool. But be sure to back up your drive beforehand as these procedures result in data loss.

To open Disk Utility, go to Finder and click on Applications. Then click on Utilities > Disk Utility.

Once you have located Disk Utility, you can follow the sections below depending on the need of your situation. In this article, we explain how to partition, erase, repair file systems and restore images using Disk Utility.

How to partition drives using Disk Utility

After opening Disk Utility, you will see a list of all drives. Select the hard drive in question i.e. the hard drive where you wish to create partitions.

  1. Click on the Partition tab and then click on the ‘+’ sign
  2. Use the size controls to personalize the size of the partition you wish to create
  3. Assign a name to the new partition and click Apply

This will create a new partition on the selected hard drive. In the next section, we will see how to erase a partition.

Erase a partition using Disk Utility

Open Disk Utility and you will be shown a list of all drives. To erase a partition, click on a hard drive and select Erase. Once you select Erase, you have an option to select security features to erase a drive.

Select high security if you want your data to be overwritten multiple times, so data recovery software cannot retrieve it. If not you can select the fastest erase option, which is not very secure, meaning data recovery tools can retrieve data if you select this option. Once the security options are selected, click on Erase to begin the process. Once the process completes, the drive will be erased.

Repair issues with file systems

First Aid feature in Disk Utility is a great tool to check and repair file system errors. You can use this feature when the external device doesn’t work properly or if a file is corrupt and you want to debug the drive. Of course, First Aid can also repair issues with your internal hard drive, for which you will have to access Disk Utility through recovery mode.

  1. Once you open Disk Utility, drives will be listed. But if you don’t see the drive, click on View > Show all devices
  2. Select the drive you wish to repair
  3. Click First Aid and then click Run. If the repair is complete, you will receive a success message. If it reports an error, you will have to further examine. In some cases, running First Aid again may resolve the issue.

Restore disk images

Disk images are a wonderful creation that allows you to make a copy an entire partition. These images can then be restored on to another partition. To create a disk image, follow the steps below.

  1. In Disk Utility, select the volume of which you want to make a disk image
  2. Then click on File > New Image
  3. Then select Image from <Name of the partition>

Once the image is created, you can also restore it easily by following the steps below. To restore an image, you will need a partition that is empty.

  1. In the left menu, select the volume you want to restore. This is the volume that is erased and prepared for restore.
  2. Then click Edit and choose Restore
  3. In the pop-up window, click on the Image button and select the disk image
  4. Finally, click on Restore to restore the disk image

You can use Disk Utility to perform disk management functions like partition drives, repair and restore them. It is a powerful tool that can be accessed through recovery when your Mac doesn’t boot or when there are issues with the internal drive.

If you lose data after performing these procedures and no backup is available, you can use data recovery tools such as Yodot to your rescue. Yodot Recovery software can also be used to recover data due to damaged Apple partition map in Mac.

How to Format ‘C’ Drive from a System Repair Disc

While working on computers on a daily basis, most of us might have formatted our C drive once in a while. The reasons for formatting your main partition may vary from malware attacks to erasing data. If your system has crashed due to some error, then formatting the C drive is usually the ultimate solution.

However, formatting the C drive from the same system that you’re working on might not be a good idea. That would be like cutting the branch of a tree that you’re sitting on, it can’t be done. One of the ways to format your C drive is by making use of a System Repair Disc.

In this article, we are going to describe steps to format the C drive of a PC using a system repair disc. For the process, we will need to create a system repair disc from a Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC. All the steps required to successfully format a C drive of a PC is given below.

HOW TO FORMAT C DRIVE IN A PC

Step I: Create a System Repair Disc of Windows:

You could create a system repair disc from any version of windows such as Windows 10, 8 or 7. If you don’t have access to any other systems containing these operating systems, you could ask your friend who has and asks him to create a system repair disc.

Step II: Boot to the System Repair Disc:

After the system is turned on, insert the disc and click on the ‘press any key to boot from CD or DVD’ option provided at the start. Sometimes, windows automatically detect the repair disc and only displays the “Windows is Loading Files…” message.

Step III: System Recovery Options

Select the preferred language and the keyboard input method and click on Next to continue.

Step IV: Selecting the Operating System

After clicking on Next, another system recovery window will appear, as shown in the figure below. From the window, select the option of “Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows…” and select the desired operating system and click on the Next option.

Sometimes, your operating system might not be displayed if you’re using a Windows XP, you can just click on next in such scenarios.

Step V: Choose Command Prompt from the System Recovery Options

From the list of methods displayed, click on the option of ‘Command Prompt’.

This Command Prompt is fully functional and provides all the commands that can be used from the inside of the system.

Step VI: In the command prompt, type the following command and press Enter.

format c:  /fs: NTFS”

The format command used in the prompt will format the C drive using the NTFS file system. The drive containing the Windows files, usually represented as the C drive, may not be identified as the C drive from a System recovery disc.

Many windows installations have made use of the D drive instead of C. Hence, make sure that you input the correct drive name for formatting.

Step VII: Enter the Volume label

Enter current volume label for drive C

Enter the volume label you have provided for the drive you’re formatting when asked.

If the C drive has an already assigned label, then you will be asked to enter the volume label for the drive.

If you have not given any name to the drive, then the above command won’t appear. You can move on to the next step.

Step VIII: After the format command, input Y and press enter when the following screen appears:

Before the above step, make sure that you’re using the correct drive as all of the data present in the mentioned drive would be erased and cannot be undone. This process will remove your current operating system and prevent your system from starting up until a new OS has been installed.

Step IX: After the format, enter a new volume label:

 The format may take time depending on the size of the drive being formatted. Once the format process is finished, you will be asked to enter a new volume label for the formatted drive. Enter your desired volume label and press the Enter key.

Step X: Remove the repair disc and turn off the computer.

The command “Creating file structures…” would be displayed on the screen. Wait till the file structures are created and once the command prompt reappears, remove the system repair disc and turn off your computer.

You don’t have to exit the command prompt, just turn off your system.

With the above step, the formatting of your C drive is completed. You have removed your entire operating system from the computer and it won’t boot up until you install a new operating system.

Unless you install an operating system, you will be greeted with the BOOTMNGR is missingor the “NTLDR is missingerrors.

Thus you have successfully formatted your C drive.

As you know formatting the drive erases entire data, the first thing you need to do is taking the backup of all the important data files in some other drive or any removable storage device. In case you forgotten to back up your files, and after formatting the C: drive, if you realize that some files are important, how will you get back those files?

Recovering Files from Formatted Drive:

Many data recovery tools are available online to recover deleted files from C drive after formatting, partition corruption, accidental deletion, or due to any reasons. Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is one among the top data recovery tools. The software scans each and every sector of the formatted drive and recovers over 300 types of files in a few minutes. Demo version of the software is available for free download, and one can preview the recovered files prior to purchasing the licensed version of this tool.

Solved – Documents and Settings/Documents Folder is not Accessible

Before getting started, let’s make sure you are looking for the Documents in the right place. The Documents folder is present in a different location on each version of Windows OS, hence the confusion. Please refer to the guide below.

In Windows XP, My Computer > C :\> Documents and Settings.

In Windows Vista, Username > Documents.

In Windows 7, Libraries folder > Documents > My documents.

In Windows 8, This PC > Documents

In Windows 10, you will find it in This PC > Documents.

So, once the correct location is identified, try to open the folder. However, if you’re still unable to access it or you encounter an error message ‘This folder cannot be accessed’, this article will help you. You need to understand that this error is often a result of incorrect file/ folder permissions or ownership issues. In this article, we provide some solutions to resolve the issue.

Solution 1: Change file/folder permissions

  1. Right click on the Documents folder and click Properties
  2. In the Properties window, choose the Security tab
  3. Click on your username to verify the permissions you have
  4. If you need to change permissions, click Edit and add the permissions you need to have.

This will help you gain permissions and you should be able to view the Documents folder. If you don’t, you probably have to take ownership of the file.

Solution 2: Take ownership of the Documents folder

  1. Find the Documents folder, right click on it and select Properties
  2. Choose the Security tab, and click on Advanced
  3. In Advanced Security Settings, click on Owner tab
  4. If you need to change the owner, click the Edit button and select desired User. If the desired owner is listed, select from the list and click Ok.
  5. If the user is not listed, click on Other users or groups. In the prompt that appears, select Advanced. Then click on Find Now to list all users. Select a user from the list and click Ok
  6. Click Ok in the Windows Security prompt and close the Properties window.

Now you’ve added the desired user as owner. Once this is done, try re-opening Documents folder. You should be able to open once you have listed the new user as owner. If you still have trouble opening the folder, you may want to look into recovery options.

The documents folder may have been deleted from the system accidentally or due to malware. It can also happen if the user account has been deleted from your system. In that case, all data associated with that particular account will be deleted.

Use Yodot File Recovery Software

In order to recover these files, you will need specialized data recovery tools such as Yodot Recovery Software. It is a great tool to recover your documents, files, folders etc. All kinds of files such as Word documents, Excel sheets, PDF’s, archives etc. can be recovered. Hundreds of file types can be identified and recovered by the software.

It is designed with a simple interface, so you don’t need any special knowledge to recover your files. Refer restore my documents folder for detailed steps on the recovery process.

Solved – Photos in the iPhoto Library not Showing Up when I Launch iPhoto Application

No doubt iPhoto provides great benefits for organizing and editing pictures, however, it can sometimes pose problems. When iPhoto app is launched, you may not see any photos or encounter errors such as

  • Cannot find your iPhoto Library file
  • iPhoto is having trouble finding your collection

What are the reasons for the error?

An iPhoto upgrade is one of the most common reasons for photos not showing up in iPhotos. Some others also complain that they lose photos when transferring them from iPhones to Mac. This may be due to a problem with the syncing process.

Whatever the reason is, this article provides some solutions to find your missing photos.

Solution 1: Look in the Trash

It is possible that your iPhoto Library file may have been deleted. So, look in the Trash. These library files are usually large, so you can find it easily by sorting. If you find it here, replace the file to the original location Users > Pictures. This will help iPhoto app locate the file and display its contents for you.

Solution 2: Use the Find feature

Open Finder in the dock and click on Command + F to open Find. Find is like a Search feature that allows you to look for files and folders.

Now you will have to narrow down your search by changing the search criteria.

  • In the drop-down labeled ‘Kind’, change it to ‘file size’.
  • Change the drop down from ‘Equals’ to ‘Greater than’ and enter 7 or 8 in the square section to set the size
  • Then change ‘KB’ to ‘GB’

These search criteria will narrow down your search and list only handful files. From this list, you can identify the library file and also note the location. If you find the file using this method, replace it back to the original location Users > Pictures and help iPhoto locate the file.

If you don’t find the library file using the methods described above, it is probably permanently deleted. You will have to resort to data recovery tools in this case. Yodot Photo Recovery is a great tool to recover photos in the iPhoto Library. It performs a deep scan of the drive to recover missing files. It works on a read-only function, so the originality of the file is maintained.

There may be situations where some photos are missing from iPhoto library. Yodot Photo Recovery can be used even in these cases.

All kinds of media files such as audio and video can also be recovered; it’s not just limited to photos. A wide variety of formats of these files are supported. Some of the supported formats include .JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP and RAW images for pictures. MP3, MP4 for audio and MOV, MP4, AVI etc. for videos.

The software can also be used to recover files from other storage devices such as USB’s, external hard drive etc.

Al latest versions of Mac OS including El Capitan, Yosemite, Sierra etc. are supported.

Fixed – System Backup Failed in Windows 10

System backups are extremely useful in events such as system malfunction or virus attacks. If you’re working with important data, it is always a good idea to have a backup at all points in time.

However, in some situations, you may encounter errors when backing up data. Some errors include ‘Windows 10 backup failed to complete’ or ‘Windows 10 backup did not complete successfully’.

This article covers some of the potential reasons and solutions to resolve the error.

Solution 1: Delete previous backups

You may not be able to create system backups if the previous backup files still exist in the same location. Find the old backup by going to C:\System Volume Information\, find the folder called ‘WindowsImageBackup’ and delete it. If you still want the old backups, move it to a different location.

Solution 2: Run System File Checker

Corruption in system files could be preventing you from creating a system backup. To fix this issue, SFC, short for system file checker is a great tool. It finds and repairs corruption in your system files. To run the tool,

  • Press Windows + X and open command prompt (Admin)
  • Then type ‘SFC/SCANNOW’ and hit Enter
  • When the tool has completed repair, type QUIT to exit command prompt and restart your system.

Now, you should be able to create a system backup. If you still cannot, proceed to the next step.

Solution 3: Use CHKDSK command

Corrupt files may be preventing you from creating a system image. CHKDSK is a built-in tool to check for file integrity and fix any corruptions. To run CHKDSK,

  • Press Windows + X and open Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type ‘CHKDSK <Your drive>: /R’.

This command will fix any corruption issues in the drive specified. Repeat the steps for all partitions on your hard drive. It may take a while for the tool to complete the process. Once the corruption is repaired, you may be able to create a system image.

Solution 4: Turn on System Protection

It may be required that you turn on system protection to create a system image. To turn it on,

  • Right click on Start menu and click Search
  • In the Search bar, type System
  • Then click on System. When the system window opens, click on System Protection on the left to open System Properties
  • Then go to the System Protection tab, select Windows 10 (System) and click Configure
  • Select Turn on system protection and click Apply

Solution 5: Disable any disk cleaners or optimizers

Some apps like Disk cleaners or optimizers running in the background may cause certain conflicts preventing you from creating a system image. So, it is a good idea to disable these apps before you attempt to create a system image.

Conclusion: It’s great that you are thinking of System backup and being prepared for unfortunate situations and data loss. However, if you have lost data and looking for recovery options, use Yodot Software to your rescue. It provides a comprehensive hard drive recovery solution for all your needs, whether due to errors in partitioning or from RAW hard drives. It can also be used to recover data after formatting a drive. For more details, refer recover files from formatted hard drive Windows 10.

Solved – Unable to Install Windows 10 on SSD

Installing Windows 10 on your Solid State Drive (SSD) makes the system boot faster and the system runs faster. If you are unable to install your Windows 10 Operating system on an SSD, follow the below solutions to get you started.

  1. Your SSD is not recognized by BIOS

BIOS lists your SSD the moment you connect it. If it is not showing up, try these fixes.

  • Check your SSD cable connection. Try a different SATA cable, if need be. You can also try connecting it to an external USB adapter to verify if there’s a damaged BIOS connection.
  • Make sure SATA port is enabled. Once you connect a new SSD drive to the system, you need to manually turn it ON to see the drive in BIOS.
  • Connect your SSD to a different system and check if it is detected.
  1. Convert your disk to GPT

You can convert the disk to GPT or turn off UEFI boot mode and enable legacy boot mode. Once you boot into BIOS, make sure you set SATA to AHCI mode.

  • Type cmd in the search bar and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
  • Now type DISKPART and hit Enter.
  • Type list disk. You can see all the disks. Note down your disk number.
  • Type select disk [disk number]. For instance select disk 0.
  • Now type convert gpt.
  1. Setting up your GPT disk

If you are able to see your SSD drive on Windows 10 system, but cannot install Windows 10 on it, you see the following error:

“Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style”.

You can overcome this issue by changing your BIOS settings or converting the disk to MBR partition style.

  • Enable UEFI mode in BIOS settings. If you see legacy boot mode, convert the SSD to MBR disk.
  • Press Shift+F10 to open Command Prompt.
  • Type Diskpart and hit Enter.
  • Type List Disk and hit Enter. You can see the list of disks. Note down your disk number.
  • Type Select disk [disk number] and hit Enter.
  • Type Clean Convert MBR.

Once the process completes, you can install your Windows 10 Operating system on your SSD.

Recover data using Yodot Hard Drive Recovery

While converting your disk to GPT, there is a large possibility of data loss.  If you have not backed up your data and suffered data loss in the process, do not worry.

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery can recover all the lost or deleted data with ease. The software can restore data under any circumstance including data loss that might occur due to “Windows cannot be installed to this disk” issue.

The data recovery software has a great scanning mechanism which scans every sector on your hard drive to restore lost or deleted data. It supports the restoration of data from all kinds of hard drives and the restored data can be stored on ZIP files in order to save disk space.

If there are bad sectors on your hard drive, the software creates a disk image of the drive, bypassing all the bad sectors and files are recovered later after scanning the disk images.

You can recover lost or deleted data from formatted, re-formatted hard drives or partitions as well.

If you are looking for easy ways to perform gpt disk partition recovery, Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is the best bet.

Just download the software, follow simple on-screen instructions to recover your data. The data recovery tool works on Windows and Mac Operating systems.

How to Create a System Image Backup on Windows 10

You must know for a fact that data on your hard drives will not last forever. Hard drives are known for wear and tear over a period of time. It is, therefore, crucial to have a complete backup of all the data before the hard drive fails.

One of the ways in which you can back up all your data is using a system image. A system image is the exact replica of your drive. You can use this system image to restore all the data in case of a catastrophe. If your system fails, the system image can restore your computer to its previous settings in just a few moments.

Now, let us dive into the process of having a backup on your system.

How to Create a Windows 10 System Image Backup?

  • Press Windows +X. A menu opens up on the screen. On the menu, click Control Panel.
  • Click on System and Security.
  • Now click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
  • Click on Create a system image on the left pane.
  • A window appears asking you “Where do you want to save the backup?” Select On a hard disk Using the “On a hard disk” drop-down menu, select the storage to save the backup.
  • Now click Start backup

The system will now proceed to create a complete backup of your system, including all data on the main drive, system reserved partition.

After the backup is complete, a prompt appears to create a system repair disk to access recovery options if your system is unable to boot.

Instead of going with the repair disk, you can access recovery options with a bootable USB drive, including installation files for Windows 10.

Recover Data Using Yodot Hard Drive Recovery Software

While it is recommended to go for system image to have a backup of your data, there are times you might lose data due to corrupted hard drive, virus intrusion or a multitude of other reasons.

If you lost your data due to any reason, Yodot Hard Drive Recovery Software can recover all the deleted or lost files with ease. The data recovery tool works on all kinds of hard drives (IDE, SCSI, SATA, SAS, USB, FireWire etc.)

Restoration of data is possible even from deleted, formatted or re-formatted drives and partitions. If bad sectors on your hard drive caused data loss, the software works around this issue by creating a disk image of the drive, bypassing these bad sectors and then recovers data from the image.

The data recovery software has strong scanning algorithms that ensure every nook and corner of your hard drive is scanned for lost or deleted data.

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software also permits data recovery after factory reset on Windows 10 system.

You can separate the recovered files according to the file name, date, size, file extension.

The user interface is extremely simple to use, enabling data recovery in a matter of minutes. Just download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on your system for easy, fast data recovery.

Fix Unspecified Error When Copying File or Folder on Windows 10

Sometimes when transferring data from one location to another, many users complain about an error message ‘Error copying file or folder, Unspecified error’.

Unfortunately, this message is not clear, meaning it does not have an error code or a detailed explanation. So, without knowing the details, it is obviously hard to debug further.

Here in this article, we’ll teach you a trick to find more details about the error, so you can debug easily and also offer potential solutions for common reasons.

How to find more details about the error?

You can use the Event Viewer to see details about the error. To do so, just follow the steps below.

  1. Press Windows + X to open the menu
  2. Select Event Viewer. If you don’t find it in the menu, use the Search option to find it
  3. Expand the Event Viewer (Local) column on the left
  4. Then expand Windows Logs and select Application to select Application Log
  5. Go through the Application log and select the relevant error
  6. To select the relevant error, a tip is to sort the list errors by date and time. This will help you identify the error easily.

Once you identify the error, you can debug based on the details or error code.

Normally, this error occurs when the target drive is read-only, misconfigured or corrupted. In such cases, you will have to check for file corruptions on the drive and repair if any.

Sometimes due to an unsuccessful transfer like in the above situation, you may lose your files. It is worse if you have used the Cut command. These files may be lost forever. In such situations, if the data is very valuable and you don’t want to lose it, you can use recovery solutions.

Yodot is one such tool to enable file and folder recovery in the event of unintended loss or deletion. It can also recover files deleted accidentally or files deleted from the recycle bin.

How Yodot works?

The software scans the drive sector by sector and retrieves data thoroughly. It works on a read mechanism, so your original files are the same as it was prior to recovery. The software supports the recovery of around 300 types of files. All documents, Words, Excel, PDF etc. are supported.

See more about the folder recovery software for Windows 10 here.

Now back to the error, let us see some potential solutions to fix ‘Unspecified error’.

Solution 1: Assign permissions

A possible reason for the error is an issue with permissions. You need to have ownership of the folder to allow the copy operation to take place. To assign permissions,

  1. Right click on the destination folder and select Properties
  2. Go to Security tab > Advanced
  3. Select your user account and click Edit
  4. Select your user account again and check the box next to Full Control and click Ok.
  5. Now try moving the files again and see if the error persists

Solution 2: Run System File Checker

You can try running System File Checker to resolve corruption issues. This will scan protected system files and replace any corrupt ones. To run the tool, follow the steps below.

  1. Press Windows + X to open the menu
  2. Click on Command Prompt (Administrator)
  3. Enter the administrator credentials and login
  4. In the command prompt, type ‘sfc /scannow’

Allow the tool to repair errors if any. If the files are severely corrupt, you may lose some data when SFC fixes them. Hence, it is a good idea to backup files from the drive before performing this step.