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In this article, learn how to fix "The backup failed, The media is write protected (0x80070013)" while creating System Image backup in Windows 10.

It is always good to have a backup of your important data before you perform a crucial update, hardware change or exchange of your system. System Image is one of convenient way to backup your system data to external drive/DVD drive or network-attached storage (NAS) drive. You can create a System Image backup using our following guide:

How to create a System Image in Windows 10

But, if you’re unable to create System Image backup due to write protection on the target drive, this fix is for you. Recently, while creating System Image, we received following error:

The backup failed. The media is write protected. (0x80070013)

FIX The Backup Failed The Media Is Write Protected In Windows 10

If you’re also facing this problem on your system, here’s how to fix it:

FIX: ‘The Backup Failed, The Media Is Write Protected’ In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Via Disk Properties

You can apply this solution to backup drive such as external drives, DVD drives, USB drives etc.

1. Press W8K + E to open File Explorer. Right click on your backup drive and select Properties.

FIX The Backup Failed The Media Is Write Protected In Windows 10

2. On the disk property sheet, under All disk drives, select your backup drive and click Properties.

FIX The Backup Failed The Media Is Write Protected In Windows 10

3. Next, on the property sheet, click Change settings button.

FIX The Backup Failed The Media Is Write Protected In Windows 10

4. Finally, in the next window, switch to Policies tab. Check the Better performance (or Optimize for performance; wording may be vary for different drives) option. Click OK.

FIX The Backup Failed The Media Is Write Protected In Windows 10

See if you can successfully create System Image backup now. We believe, the issue should be resolved with this.

If you still have problem, refer FIX 2 below.

FIX 2 – Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand

Some users in past who have experienced this issue solved it by turning off OneDrive Files On-Demand feature. So in case if you’re also using OneDrive for file storage and then facing this issue, simply turn off OneDrive Files On-Demand feature and that should resolve this issue. Refer this guide to disable the feature:

How to turn off OneDrive Files On-Demand feature in Windows 10

FIX The Backup Failed The Media Is Write Protected In Windows 10

So in this way, you can face the write protected error for System Image backup in Windows 10.

Let us know via your comments, if the problem still exists for you!

Also read: How to fix ‘The disk is write protected‘ for USB drives in Windows 10.


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6 Comments

  • Sorry, I did both things. Still issues “media protected”

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What is the target backup location?

  • Hi Kapil, I had already changed the policy settings in the drive to Bette Performance. Also, I do not use OneDrive. Will OneDrive disallow me to conduct a simple backup to an external drive? That is very strange if so. Can I permanently disable One Drive in the registry or services?

    Thanks you!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yes, here’s how you can disable OneDrive integration: https://www.kapilarya.com/disable-onedrive-integration-in-windows-10

  • It seems MS fixed OneDrive client yesterday (08.02.2019) as I do not have backup error anymore (I had the same media is write protected error).

    Regards,

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks Adam! I hope that it will resolve this issue for others.

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