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Here you'll clearly know the causes and solutions to the unspecified error. Before reading further details, this is the quick navigation:
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Fix 1. Format the target drive||Open Windows Explorer, right-click on the drive and choose Format...Full steps|
|Fix 2. Extend partition||Use the computer program or apply free partition manager software to extend hard drive partition...Full steps|
|Fix 3. Remove write protection||Run Command Prompt > type diskpart > type the following command lines...Full steps|
|Fix 4. Decrypt files||If it's the target disk is corrupted or the file is encrypted, you can format the disk or decrypt the files...Full steps|
|For More Fixes||Change user account and change permission (in Fix 5 and Fix 6) to resolve this issue....Full steps|
'Error Copying File or Folder' with Unspecified Error on Windows 10/8/7
"Hi guys, do you know how to solve the problem when you are trying to copy a file or a folder to a target partition on your PC when an error message pop up and warn you with an unspecified error of copying file or folder? Yesterday, I was trying to copy a file folder with about 2GB of files to the F: drive. But when I clicked 'Paste', the computer warned me that I couldn't copy files to the destination partition with 'Error Copying File or Folder' warning message. I'm now using Windows 10, by the way. So is there a way that can help me fix this issue so that I can copy and save my files on target partition or hard drive? How?"
The unspecified error - 'Error Copying File or Folder' may occur to any users under Windows 10/8/7 while you are trying to copy and paste files to a new location. So what's the reason that blocks you from copying files or folder to the destination device? There are so many.
Possible Causes of Unspecified Error in Windows
If you don't know how or what caused the unspecified error of copying file or folder on your Windows computer, you may check the below to find out the cause of your current problem:
- The copied files are larger than 4GB: if the copied files are larger than 4GB and you want to copy them to a FAT32 partition such as USB or SD, you'll be blocked by this error message
- The disk is write-protected: If the destination partition or drive is read-only, write-protected, no data can be written in
- The Target disk has not enough free space: if there is not enough free space and the files that you want to copy is very large, the data copy won't be completed
- Target disk is corrupted, or the file is encrypted
- System limitation
- File or folder ownership changed
These are the main reasons why you receive the unspecified error message while copying files or folders.
How to Fix 'Error Copying File or Folder' Issue Without Losing Data
Don't worry if you've encountered this error and couldn't copy files or folder to the destination device or hard drive. There is more than one way for you to cope with the problem. Follow to remove 'Error Copying File or Folder' with unspecified error in Windows 10 immediately. Based on the causes listed above, there are the corresponding fixes:
Method 1. Format the Target Partition/Disk to NTFS or exFAT
If you attempt to copy a file larger than 4GB to a partition with the FAT32 file system (you can check the file system of your drive in properties), you will definitely fail. Why? Although the total size of the files that you can copy to a FAT32 drive could be up to 2TB, the size of each individual file cannot exceed 4GB.
If the files that you want to copy is more than 4GB, you can compress the file with WinRAR or ZIP so to get a smaller file. But if this doesn't work or if the destination device offers no access for you to reach with ‘The parameter is incorrect’ message, you can directly convert the target partition or disk to NTFS or exFAT, which can be done by formatting the drive.
However, since formatting will erase all the files on your target drive, you should back up the files with free backup software or copy them elsewhere in advance. To format a drive:
Step 1. Open "This PC".
Step 2. Find and right-click your target partition. Choose "Format" in the menu.
Step 3. Assign a Windows-compatible file system to your drive and click "Start".
Step 4. In the warning window, click "OK" to confirm the operation.
You can also refer to the guide on how to format a hard drive in Windows 10 to see how to format the target partition in alternative ways.
Method 2. Extend the Partition Showing the Unspecified Error
If the unspecified error of copying files or folder caused by not enough free space on the target hard drive partition, you can either free up space on your computer or directly apply free partition manager software to extend hard drive partition to resolve this issue by simple clicks.
Method 3. Remove Write-Protection on the Target Disk
If your device was write-protected when you came into the 'Error Copying File or Folder' on your computer, you could follow the steps below to remove the write-protection on your device using diskpart:
Step 1. Run "Command Prompt" as an administrator.
Step 2. Enter diskpart and click "Yes" in the prompt asking for notification.
Step 3. Enter the following command in order:
select volume X (Replace "X" with the number of your write-protected hard drive.)
attributes disk clear readonly
After this, you should be able to use your target hard drive partition to save files and folder without any problems. If the "read-only" attribute remains, you can try other tips provided in the article on how to fix "Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected".
If you don't consider yourself a pro-computer user and you're not familiar with command-lines, don't worry. There are graphical-based solutions to help you remove write-protection from your hard drives, USB drives, and even SD cards.
EaseUS CleanGenius is one of these tools that helps you fix aforementioned issues on your drives without knowing a thing about command-line.
Here's an easy-to-follow guide on how to use this tool to get your issues sorted:
Step 1: DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS CleanGenius (free) on your computer.
Step 2: Run EaseUS CleanGenius on your PC, select Optimization and choose the Write Protection mode.
Step 3: Select the device that is write-protected and click Disable to remove the protection.
Method 4. Format the Disk or Decrypt the Files
If you receive the unspecified error while copying files or folders because the target disk is corrupted or the file is encrypted. You can format the disk if is corrupted to have a try. While if the files are encrypted, you only need to decrypt the items.
Method 5. Change the User Account
You may have no permission to make changes to the files and folders using your current account. Thus, switch to another account on your computer and then copy the data.
Method 6. Change the File/Folder Permission
If you are not allowed to take control of the files or folders you attempt to copy, you may get the unspecified error message while copying items from one place to another. To change the permission:
Step 1. Go to the folder that contains the files you want to copy, right-click it and choose "Properties".
Step 2. Switch to the "Security" tab, click your name under "Group or user names" and check its permission.
Step 3. If you need to change the permission, click "Edit", check the permission and click "OK".
After this, you should be able to use your target hard drive partition to copy and save files and folder without any problems now.
Bonus Tip. Restore Data from Hard Drive Partition with an Unspecified Error While Copying File/Folder
If you have lost important data on the destination hard drive partition or storage device with an unspecified error of copying file or folder, relax. You can directly follow the method here to restore data from the device before or after you start fixing the "Error Copying File or Folder" issue. The powerful hard drive data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to directly scan and find all existing or lost files on the hard drive, and recover them to another safe location on your PC by simple clicks. You can just download this software and apply it to find and extract data from your current hard drive partition which contains an unspecified error:
Step 1. Select the location and scan lost folder
To recover the whole lost folder, select a hard drive, external device and click "Scan".
To recover lost files from a folder, move to "Select Folder" and click "Browse" to choose the exact folder where you lost files and click "OK". Wait and let this program to scan and find your lost folder and files.
Step 2. Find and preview the found folder with files
Find the found folder in "Deleted Files", "Other Lost Files > Files Lost Original Name" or you can use "Search" to quickly find your lost folder by searching the folder name. Double click found files to preview them.
Step 3. Restore and save the found folder with files
Select the found folder with files, click "Recover" and browse to save this folder back to a secure location on your PC. Click "OK" to start the recovery.
The Bottom Line
There are other tips that may fix the unspecified error when you copy files and folder. You can download Windows file and folder troubleshooter and use it to repair file and folder related problems. You can also run the sfc.exe utility to check and repair the errors of your file system. If the methods we detailed fail, apply these two tips to have a try.
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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.
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.
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