The error code 0x800701e3 is, unfortunately, an issue that the engineers at Gillware have seen far too often. The full error code’s details can vary, but it is often accompanied with a warning message that can be used to help identify the fault. An event warning is triggered during a failed read/write execution with the message “error code 0x800701e3: the request failed due to a fatal device hardware error.”
This event appears to frequently effect Western Digital hard drives, although Gillware’s engineers have witnessed this fault on various hard drive manufacturers’ products. The error can be found on internal, external or portable hard disks, and it does not matter if they are mechanical or SSD drives.
The issue commonly arises when copying files onto a faulty disk or moving files around a faulty disk file system. In addition, the error is frequently seen when users are attempting to install an operating system, be that Windows or Linux. Prior to the OS installation, the operating system runs a consistency check on the target hard disk and if there are any issues with the disk, the installation will fail with the error code 0x800701e3.
Encountering this error code during operating system installation can prove frustrating, as the message is often seen after the user has prepared the disk media partitions and formatted the disk to be ready for the new operating system. If the user does not have a plan B, their computer system can be offline for days while the issue is resolved.
In this quick guide, we will walk you through the steps you can take to identify the type of fault and help to you to determine if the problem can be fixed using built-in system utilities and recovery tools. However, always bear in mind that a recovery might not be possible. Error code 0x800701e3 is normally caused by bad sectors on the hard disk; the problem can be intermittent or terminal, depending on the number of bad sectors on the disk and the type of corruption.