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“On my workstation, I am now receiving the prompt: An unknown error occurred(Error Code: 0x80004005). I've been searching for any log from OneDrive, which might provide more detail as to why it failed, but haven't turned anything up yet. What could cause this to fail?”

Onedrive Error 0x80004005

Multiple users may encounter the trouble of OneDrive Error 0x80004005 when they are trying to copy files, move and delete files or others, which is rather annoying. Do not be panic. This article will help you resolve the problem easily. Just read on.

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What does OneDrive error 0x80004005 mean?

Do you know what is the error code 0x80004005 exactly? Actually, the error 0x80004005 is translated as an unspecified error. It usually appears when the user can not access shared folders, virtual machines, or copy and sync files, as well as when the Windows fails to update. 

Commonly, there are 2 types of 0x80004005 errors with Windows. One could be seen as a legacy issue due to an erroneous update of OneDrive in 2015, and the other may be connected to file copying or decompressing and so on.

Why does error code 0x80004005 occur?

So why 0x80004005 error occurs in OneDrive? As noticed above, the two kinds of errors may be caused by different mistakes. The former one was related to the presenting of one or more mistaken update files, and it had been addressed by Microsoft with a corrected update. So if you wanna fix 0x80004005 update errors, just download an updated OneDrive and install it.

But if you’re experiencing 0x80004005 error in Windows 10 in other aspects, you can refer to the following 3 simple ways to eliminate your anxieties. Please continue reading.

3 ways to fix 0x80004005 error in OneDrive

Since you may see the error in multiple circumstances, there are a total of 3 different solutions for you to fix error 0x80004005 in OneDrive while copying files or folders.

Way 1. Fixing 0x80004005 error by chkdsk in your system

If you are troubled by the 0x80004005 error code when copying files to OneDrive, the first simple method is to run the chkdsk function in Windows to fix the issue for you. It may take some time to do the whole task, but this might be the simplest solution, so you can have a try as follows.

1. Open up Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell by searching on the system tray and clicking on Run as administrator.

Run As Administor

2. Next, type in “C:” and press Enter. In the [C:] command box, input the drive containing the folder or file that fails to be moved, like, \WINDOWS\system32>.

Windows System32

3. After that, please type in “chkdsk /f” and hit Enter, and it helps scan your drive to identify errors and fix them automatically. Please wait patiently, cause it may take quite some time.


If you are unwilling to wait for such a time-consuming program or this method didn’t work for you, you can keep on reading to try other ways.

Way 2. Fixing 0x80004005 error by compression program

We all know that compressing files makes it much more efficient to store or transfer large files. Although Windows has a built-in compression utility, there are some zip types that it is unable to handle with the default software, which may lead to 0x80004005 error. So please try to deal with the error as follows.

1. Download 7zip or WinRAR, you are allowed to select either x32 or x64 depending on your system. You can choose one as you like for both programs are safe. (7zip is free, but WinRAR will charge you finally.)

2. Install the program you choose and allow it to run with all file associations.

3. Now, you can retry to transfer the file you’re trying to extract.

Way 3. Fixing 0x80004005 error by properties setting

Besides the two methods above, if you’re facing OneDrive for business error 0x80004005 when moving or deleting files, you can also try to use properties setting in your system. Even if you’re running your computer as administrator, the permission error may still occur. Therefore, you should do more to take ownership of the target folder. Here’s how to do it.

1. Right-click on the file or folder showing errors and click Properties.

File Properties

2. Now, click the Security tab. Then, locate your user account under Group or user name and click Edit.

Securirty Edit

3. Choose your user account again and then check the box next to Full control and click OK.

Full Control

Note: If the operations still don’t work, please try this then:

1. Likewise, right-click the faulty file or folder and select Properties.

2. Click Advanced after clicking Security this time.

Properties Advanced

4. Then, click the Change option. Input your account name where it shows ‘Enter the object name to select’ and click Check Name. Select it again and click OK.

Permission Change

Note: When you’re changing a folder or drive, you may see ‘Replace owner of subcontainers and objects’. Check the box next to it to change the permissions to all files and folders that you’re changing, so that you won’t need to repeat this process separately.

You can restart your OneDrive files transfer tasks one more time to check if it works.

Tip: Best way to protect your OneDrive files: CBackup

Although OneDrive can be a good assistant for you to store multiple files online, you may face unknown errors, such as OneDrive error code 0x80004005, when you are trying to access or  move shared files, which may cause data loss to you. In order to protect your OneDrive files, you’d better backup them in advance.

To do so, you are highly recommended to use a professional third-party tool for cloud to cloud backup, CBackup.

CBackup Main Page

What can CBackup do for you?

CBackup allows you to add multiple accounts of third-party cloud storage to CBackup storage, including OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive, etc. and then you can create a cloud-to-cloud backup task to transfer files between cloud storage for free. With CBackup, you can backup all your OneDrive files into other secure cloud drives.

More importantly, you can enjoy 2,000 GB of free data for backup from cloud to cloud per month, which is extremely attractive for most users.

Now, please follow the steps below to backup OneDrive to other cloud drives for free:

1. Get started to create a CBackup account freely and sign in to it.

Sign up 

2. Before starting backup task, you should add and authorize your OneDrive and other cloud storage accounts. Click the My Storage tab> + Add Cloud in turn. Choose OneDrive and click Add. Then follow the instructions popping up to grant authority to CBackup. (Repeat it to add other cloud accounts.)

Add OneDrive

3. Click on Backup Tasks, then, click the New Task button to create your backup task (If you want to create a sync task, just click Sync Tasks to achieve OneDrive files sync easily).

Create Task 

4. Then, click Add Source to add OneDrive as the backup source. Similarly, click Add Destination to select another cloud drive as the backup destination. Finally, click Start Backup.

Source and Destination 

Note: Before starting backup, you can click the Settings button to enjoy several backup settings, namely Scheduled Backup, Email Notification, File Filter, etc.


Further reading: How to get more free storage space

What if the current OneDrive storage is not enough for you? As we all know, OneDrive provides each user with only 5 GB of storage space for free, which can not meet most users’ needs. If you don’t want to buy more storage, you can try CBackup client to combine storage space of multiple OneDrive accounts for free.

You are allowed to register as many OneDrive accounts as you can and merge these OneDrive accounts via a reliable third-party tool, CBackup desktop app, to enjoy unlimited free storage space.

Step 1. Download CBackup and install it on your computer, login to it with your CBackup account.

Step 2. Similarly, click My Storage on the left bar, and click + Add Cloud button, then select OneDrive and click on Add. Then follow the guide to complete the authorization of CBackup to access your cloud storage as before.

Add Cloud

Step 3. After adding, click the My Storage + icon, and click the New Combined Cloud option.

Add Combined Cloud

Step 4. Next, tick all the boxes next to the cloud storage accounts that you added. After checking, click on Next.

Combined Cloud

Step 5. Now, you will see a Combined Cloud in your clouds list. Next time, you can choose the Combined Cloud as backup destination to enjoy larger storage for large files backup.

Destination Combined Cloud

Other useful functions of CBackup

PC to Cloud Backup: Backup your files from local PC to cloud storage. (It offers 10 GB of free storage for each CBackup account, allowing you to finish a huge amount of backup easily.)

Cloud to Cloud Sync: With CBackup web app, you are able to conduct cloud to cloud sync easily for free.

Special Services: CBackup offers some special features, say allocate space, flexible restore, backup scheme and so on.

Security: It offers you high security based on 256-bit AES Encryption, OAuth Authorization System, and GDPR policy.

Wrapping things up

If you are suffering “OneDrive Error 0x80004005” issue on your computer while copying files or something, these 3 common solutions mentioned in this post will be helpful for you. You can have a try according to the circumstance you encounter. Besides, if you are worried about OneDrive files may be lost or destroyed, you can try CBackup to help you get free backup.

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