In Windows 7, trying to do backup, getting error code 0x8078002A

when I try backing up with a system image, using windows7 professional.  Backing up to WD 3TB usb drive I get error code 0x8078002A
 

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Last updated August 21, 2019 Views 67,786 Applies to:
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I had this problem, too, with Windows 7, trying to use Windows Backup to two new Western Digitial 3TB drives, pre-formatted with NTFS for Windows. It's very frustrating because each attempt takes many hours before the error occurs so you don't know until it succeeds whether it will.

I found what worked for me here:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6618/

You can download WD Quick Formatter from that site. However, don't follow the instructions on that page for formatting a HD under Windows 7, because it tells you how to use MS Disk Management, which will make a 2TB partition and not recognize the remainder of the drive. You must use WD Quick Formatter as described here:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/search/1/a_id/3868

Good luck!

[I think it's unconscionable that MS hasn't fixed this with their built-in tools.]

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Hello David JJones,

 

 If you have followed the steps within this thread but are still having a problem, I would suggest reposting this as a new question at the link below.  Please include any steps you have tried and any additional information that will be helpful.

 

Microsoft Answers:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows

 

Also, I would suggest looking through the thread below. 

Microsoft TechNet Forum:  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprogeneral/thread/d5937704-da8c-44b3-87ef-8d6ad25e0e17

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