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.

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