FIX: SCCM Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1

Let’s see how you can FIX SCCM Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1. You might encounter a prompt error message while performing Operating System Deployment with SCCM Task Sequence. The error 0x800700A1 translates “The specified path is invalid.”. This is often seen when you will perform the deployment in new machines.

Being an IT admin, we keep used to replacing an HDD on a machine and perform the deployment most of the time. In this scenario, the error code 0x800700A1 has been noticed as well.

0x800700A1 means BAD_PATHNAME. The reason you get this error is if the task sequence cannot find the path because the drive is RAW. In this case, it’s always recommended to format the disk partition before deploying Windows Image to help us avoid unwanted issues.

Issue Summary

This error occurs when attempting to run an operating system deployment task sequence and in a step, it attempted to copy the files to the local hard drive but cannot find the path as the drive is in RAW state.

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Task Sequence Error: Task Sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1 in the task sequence step. For more information, contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

FIX: SCCM Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1
FIX: SCCM Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1

It’s always recommended to examine the SMSTS log for task sequence failure issues to help you get the inside about the failure prompt to troubleshoot the task sequence error. Most importantly, to be aware of the location of the SMSTS log during SCCM OSD process. More you can explore SCCM OSD Task Sequence Troubleshooting Steps by Step Ultimate Guide SMSTS.log.

Here are the highlights the Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1 from the SMSTS.log.

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FIX: SCCM Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1
FIX: SCCM Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1
Failed to resolve the source for SMS PKGID=MEM00026, hr=0x800700a1	InstallSoftware	11-08-2021 17:22:47	536 (0x0218)
Install Software failed to run command line, hr=0x800700a1
Process completed with exit code 2147942561
The execution of the group (Install Operating System) has failed and the execution has been aborted. An action failed. Error 0x80004004
Failed to run the last action: Decrypt Drive. Result -2147024735. Execution of task sequence failed.

FIX – Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1

To fix this issue, The drive needs to be formatted before continuing with the task sequence. Let’s follow the steps below to format the hard drive –

If you’re already in the error windows screen Task sequence has failed with the error code 0x800700A1, Press F8 to launch the command prompt window or Restart the machine and boot with the same task sequence.

Important – Enable command support (F8) that is not recommended for production use. You can explore the available command prompt support option in Boot Image.

The diskpart command interpreter helps you manage your computer’s drives (disks, partitions, volumes, or virtual hard disks), Type the following commands in the command prompt –

Diskpart
List disk                (Displays all the disks on the device)
Select disk 0            
Clean                    (Wipes the disk)
Create partition primary (Creates windows partition)
Select partition 1
Format quick fs=NTFS     (Format primary partition)
Assign letter C
Exit

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Once you are done with the above steps, Restart the target machine and reinitiate the task sequence deployment, It should continue without any errors.

About Author -> Jitesh has over 5 years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus area is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

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