Backup error: System cannot find the path specified 0x80070003.

The last successful back up was 8/15/09, since then all attempts to back up selected files have ended with the 0x80070003 error stating "system cannot find the path specified."  Can anyone tell me what went wrong, and most improtantly, how do I fix it.
Thanks, Dan
Hi Danny,

Thank you for visiting Windows Vista Forums.

What version of Vista are you using? 

What type of backup are you attempting?

From my research, I've seen this error on Vista machines where the drive volume was not large enough to store the backup or the drive was just unavailable.

This could also occur if a shadow copy created by Vista is conflicting with the backup process. Here's what you can try.

1. Got to Control Panel, select "System"

2. In the System Protection tab, uncheck all drives listed under "Automatic Restore Points"

3. Click OK to save the settings--this deletes all existing shadow copies

4. Go back into the System settings and reselect the drives that you unselected.

Another thing that you can try is to create another admin account.

1. Login with the new account.

2. Create a new folder on your backup destination.

3. Run your backup and point it to the new destination folder that you just created.

4. This will create a new backup set with a new catalog, and a new .bin file.

If that works, then you might have a corrupted profile.  Here’s a link on

This error message also applies to Microsoft updates in Windows Vista. So in fact you may have some bad updates that need to be resolved in order to fix this issue.

Please go through the below articles.

Error message when you try to download updates from Windows Update on a computer that is running Windows Vista: "Error 0x80070003 The system cannot find the path specified"

You receive a "0x80070002" or "0x80070003" error code after you download an update from Windows Update, from Microsoft Update, or from Windows Server Update Services

Windows Update error 80070003 -

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