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How To Fix File History Error Code 0×80070032

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I set up file history feature in Windows 10. It was backing up my computer’s internal hard drive files.  But, it gives me error 0×80070032 when I try to backup an external drive.” – Maria T., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: File backup features in Windows 10 help to provide a more secure environment for your files. Any unwanted changes to a file can be reverted easily. However, sometimes this feature might run into a problem. Luckily, these problems are usually easy to fix. Let us see how to fix the 0×80070032 file backup error in Windows 10.

Problem

The user was unable to backup files to a external hard drive on the network.

0x80070032 -- Windows 10 - Cover - Windows Wally

Solution

Here are some ways to fix error 0×80070032.

Try using the SFC /Scannow Command in Command Prompt

The SFC command scans Windows system files and determines if they have been damaged or modified in an undesired way. It then replaces them with healthy files from a backup called the “Windows Recovery image”.

  1. Press Windows Key+X > click Command Prompt (Admin)
    0x800f081f - Windows 10 - Sleep Mode - WIndowsKey+X - Command Prompt (Admin) -- Windows Wally
  2. Type the command sfc /scannow > press Enter
    0x800f081f - Windows 10 - Sleep Mode - sfc scannow -- Windows Wally

Use this command and see if it fixes the problem. Note that this command won’t be effective if the “Windows Recovery image” is also damaged. In which case, you can use the following DISM command.

Try using the DISM Tool in Command Prompt

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. It is a tool which can be used to Windows images.

Press Windows Key + X to see a menu appear and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.

0x80070032 -- WIndowsKey+X - Command Prompt (Admin) - Windows Wally

Command Prompt should open. Now, type the following command and press Enter

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This scan can take up to 30 minutes to complete and it uses the internet. A variation of this command can be used to instead use a Windows 10 installation ISO file to fetch files instead. To use those commands and for more information on the DISM tool, please read the instructions here.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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