0x80070052 Error – USB Flash Drives

The 0x80070052 error is one that appears when you are trying to copy files to or from an SD card / USB stick. At some point, no new files and folders can be created on the drive as well as be copied onto it.

That problem is due to restrictions of the format the drive is using – different formats have a different number of files and folders that can be placed in the root directory of a drive (meaning the drive itself, not any sub-folders) no matter how large they are.

0x80070052: The directory or file cannot be created

Problems that cause the 0x80070052 error include:

  • The flash media has too many folders already on it.
  • The flash media has no sufficient space for your files.
  • There is a registry error causing the problem.
  • You don’t have the latest updates for Windows.

Fix 0x80070052 Error on USB Flash Drives

Fix Error #1: Put files into Sub-folders

To get rid of the error put all of the files on the root directory into sub-folders. If you need space to create those, delete some data temporarily. The drive should be back to normal afterwards!

Fix Error #2: Reformatting

Backup all preexisting data on your USB Flash Drives and then reformat it using FAT32 or NTFS and not FAT16 as the latter is actually the cause of the problem.

FAT16 imposes a limit on how many files can exist in the root folder and other folders. What this means is that to store more data on your pen drive WITHOUT reformatting it, you need to organize your data in folders.

Fix Error #3: Trying To Use A Different SD Card / USB Stick

Unfortunately, several SD cards or USB sticks do not support a lot of folders on them. This means that if you try and copy too many directories to the device, it will just show the 0×80070052 error and refuse to copy the files. You should either think about removing some of the folders from your flash media device or using a different one.

Fix Error #4: Scan your computer

I would also suggest you to scan your computer with Microsoft Safety Scanner, which would help us to get rid of viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner

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