By Bryce / Last Updated December 8, 2020

Error 0x8007045D occurs during copying files

"I have an external Seagate HDD and it connected to my Windows 10 laptop. I want to transfer some photos & videos from my internal hard drive to it for a backup. However, the message - Error 0x8007045D: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error keeps showing. Is there any idea about 'Error 0x8007045D' with external hard drive in Windows 10? How can I fix it?"

Seven fixes for Error 0x8007045D in Windows 10, 8, 7

It’s common to encounter Error 0x8007045D I/O device error when you transfer files from one drive to another. When the error appears, it means that it’s difficult to access or read the required files for your PC. And the error can be caused by different elements, such as connection issue, bad sectors, etc. To fix Error 0x8007045D while copying files to external hard drive in Windows 10,8,7, refer to solutions presented in the next content.

Fix 1. Try another USB port
Fix 2. Boot into Safe Mode
Fix 3. Update driver for your external hard drive
Fix 4. Check and fix errors for external hard drive
Fix 5. Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
Fix 6. Format external hard drive
Fix 7. Diagnose external hard drive

Tip: For data safety, it’s highly advised to back up all your necessary files on your external hard drive.

✔ Fix 1. Try another USB port

Since corrupted connection cable or USB port can cause Error code 0x8007045D, you can try another USB port and cable to check whether the issue is fixed.

✔ Fix 2. Boot into Safe Mode

To rule out the possibility that the error is caused by app confliction, you can boot your PC into Safe Mode. Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Log into your PC with administrative rights.

Step 2. Press “Windows” + “R” simultaneously, input “msconfig” and click “OK”.

Step 3. In the pop-up window, click Boot and check Safe Boot (Minimal). Then, click “OK”.

Step 4. You’ll be prompted to restart your PC, click Restart button.

After rebooting, try to copy your files to your external hard drive again.

✔ Fix 3. Update driver for your external hard drive

Driver issue can cause the error as well. Then, you can do as the following steps to update driver for your external hard drive.

Step 1. Open Run dialogue (Press Windows + R), input devmgmt.msc and click “OK” to open Device Manager.

Step 2. Expand Disk drives, locate the external drive, right-click it, and choose “Update driver software.”

Step 3. Here two options are offered. Choose one based on your specific situation. And follow the instruction to complete the updating.

✔ Fix 4. Check and fix errors for external hard drive

If Error 0x8007045D still appears and keeps you from copying files to external hard drive, try to run CHKDSK.exe to check and fix errors. Check out those steps:

Step 1. Run CMD as administrator (Press Windows + R, type “cmd” and hit Enter).

Step 2. In the CMD interface, type "chkdsk g: /f /r /x" and hit Enter.


Note: "g" is the drive letter of the partition on the external hard drive.

✔ Fix 5. Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

Or you can run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter to solve some common problems for your external drive.

Step 1. Press Windows + R, input “control” and hit Enter.

Step 2. In Control Panel interface, type “troubleshooting” in the search box and choose it.

Step 3. Click "View all", run "Hardware and Device", and follow the prompts.

✔ Fix 6. Format external hard drive

Formatting the external hard drive is a worth-trying way to fix Error 0x8007045D. To complete the task, you can use a powerful partition manager, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to format drive to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2, Ext3 or Ext4. And supports you to format a large drive to FAT32.

Note: Since this operation will erase all data on the partition, you can clone your external hard drive partition for a backup in advance.

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Step 1. Locate the external hard drive, right-click the partition on it and choose "Format Partition".

Format Partitoin

Step 2. Choose one among those file systems based on your need and click "OK".

Fat32 128gb Usb

Step 3. Click "Apply" and "Proceed" to commit the operation.

Apply

✔ Fix 7. Diagnose external hard drive

If you still can’t copy files to your external hard drive with Error 0x8007045D message, it’s time to consider whether the hard drive has bad sectors or is dead. To check bad sectors, you can run Disk Surface Test in AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Surface Test

✐ Note: You can upgrade it to Professional version to unlock more functions, like recovering lost partition on external hard drive and securely erase SSD.

Conclusion

It’s bothering to get Error 0x8007045D message in Windows 10,8,7 while copying files to external hard drive. For all offered fixes, you don’t have to employ them one by one, just choose one or more according to your own situations.