Windows Backup Did Not Complete Successfully
"My attempts at backups continue to fail with 'Windows Backup did not complete successfully' and when I click the 'Options' button it gives me details of why and says 'The disk where your backups are being saved doesn't have enough free space", which is totally incorrect."
There are two common error messages related to Windows Backup failed problem. One is "Windows Backup did not complete successfully", and the other is "the last backup did not complete successfully". Both two messages hint that Windows has failed the backup task.
Many reasons would prevent the backup process from succeeding, below are the most common ones:
- The backup operation did not accomplish before the time-out period ended.
- Files were infected by the virus and had been corrupted. Hence, Windows could not find the target files, or it simply skipped some files.
- The target file to be backed up is corrupted or inaccessible.
- i/o device error, etc.
As we know that unfinished backup files, virus-infected files, corrupted files, and i/o device error would interfere with the Windows backup process, we can clean out the damaged files or backup with another tool to solve the problem.
Altogether, this page introduces four ways to solve your problem and restart the backup process.
Fix 1. Delete Old Backup in the Backup Location
If your computer is set to make a schedule backup, then the problem happens might because the previous backup had left unfinished. So, delete the previous backup, and remove all the existing backup files or folders to another drive, and do the backup again.
Fix 2. Full Scan the Computer with Antivirus Software
Another solution is to full scan your computer or the backup drive using antivirus software. This way is to remove malicious software and viruses from both your source disk and destination disk. After finishing the scanning process, try to create the backup again.
Fix 3. Use Another Backup Software and Check for Errors
If none of the above methods works for you, another try is to apply a third-party backup tool. Here we recommend EaseUS Todo Backup. Check its key features below:
- Backup and restore files and folders for personal use.
- Automatic backup protects changed data every half an hour.
- Supports users to make scheduled backup.
- Supports users to clone, upgrade, or transfer the system easily.
Download EaseUS Todo Backup to solve your pressing problem. It can also keep protecting your files and data in the long ride.
Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File" on the main window.
Step 2. On the "File Backup" window, you can choose almost every type of files from many directories via the "User Defined" mode.
But it's faster using the "File Type" mode when you only back up some specific file types such as documents, pictures, videos, music, and so on. So, use the proper way to choose the target files you want to backup.
Then add the plan name or text description to the file backup and then choose a backup location.
To backup files to an external hard drive, click "Browse..." in the "Destination" area.
Expand the "Computer" and choose the external hard drive you've correctly connected to the computer. Click "OK".
Also, if you're interested in getting more backup features, go and find them by clicking "Schedule", "Image-reserve strategy" and "Backup options".
Step 3. After settings were all made, click "Proceed".
Check for Errors:
Install EaseUS Todo Backup on the drive where you did a backup with the built-in Windows Backup and Restore program. If the software executes the backup without hassle, then the problem is from the program itself you were using. It's time to think about giving it up and turning to the new one.
Fix 4. Run CHKDSK to Check Disk Errors
Step 1. Press Windows Key + X simultaneously, type cmd, and click "OK" to open Command Prompt.
Step 2. Type the command chkdsk D: /f /r /x and hit enter. (d is the drive letter of the hard disk you wish to fix errors on it)
Chkdsk will work hard to locate the bad sectors on the selected drive first, and recover readable information and fix the disk errors.
Fix Disk Error with CHKDSK Alternative
Click to DOWNLOAD EaseUS CleanGenius and install it on your computer. Let's start checking and refixing file system error on your device now.
Step 1. Click "File Showing" to enter the next step.
Step 2. Choose the target device and tick the box of "Check and fix file system error". Click "Execute" to start fixing the problematic device.
Step 3. When the fixing process completes, click "here" to open and use your device.
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!
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