Windows 8 Error Code 0x8000033 fix

How to fix Windows 8 Error Code 0×8000033

You just got a new Dell computer runing Windows 8, you try to make a system image using the “Windows 7 File Recovery”. After a few minutes you get an Error Code 0×8000033 “Windows skipped backing up your system image because one of the critical volumes does not have enough free space. Free up some space by deleting unnecessary files and try again.”. I have been dealing with this situation for two weeks with utter frustration until I called Dell spoke to a technician and together we figured out the issue. So I’m about to give you the Windows 8 Error Code 0×8000033 fix.

The problem happens because the Windows backup software has a rule where any partition 500MB or over must have at least 350MB of free space in order to be backed up. I have only encountered this error on Dell systems because the Dell created partition that is 500MB has less than 350MB free space. The same thing will happen on any other computer running Windows 8 if the same conditions exist so you will need to check the partitions in order to determine if this is the problem causing your error. The solution to this error is to use Diskpart and reduce the size of the partition by only 1MB so the partition no longer hits the 500MB threshold. Follow the directions below exactly in order to reduce the size of the partition.

Diskpart is a very powerful tool and using it incorrectly can result in damage to the Operating System(OS) and data loss. Ensure that all data on the computer has been backed up to an external media source before continuing with the following steps. These steps were performed after speaking with a Dell Tech and were performed on 3 seperate Dell computers. T3kd does not accept any responsibility for the outcome of using the following commands. If you have a new Dell system running Windows 8 then this fix will un-doubtedly fix the problem if you have a computer from another manufacturer these commands may or may not work. All commands must be written exactly as shown, using the same spelling and spacing!

  • -Open the Command Prompt with Admin Rights and type the following commands
  • -Diskpart
  • -List Disk (this command is to find which disk contains Windows)
  • -Select Disk 0 (I’m assuming Windows is installed on Disk 0. If not use whichever Disk # is listed)
  • -List volume (this command is to locate the volume that has a size of 500MB and is NTFS format)
  • -Select volume # (Use the correct number of the volume from the list)
  • -SET ID=ebd0a0a2-b9e5-4433-87c0-68b6b72699c7
  • -gpt attributes=0×0000000000000000
  • -List Volume (Locate the 500MB volume the number may have changed after the above commands)
  • -Select volume # (use the volume # from the list)
  • -shrink desired=1
  • -SET ID=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
  • -gpt attributes=0×8000000000000001
  • -exit
  • -exit once more to close the command prompt

If you performed all the steps correctly you should now see a 499MB partition in the Disk Management console, the one that you resized. The system image should now successfully complete. The same thing can also be done using a thrid party partitioning tool so if you choose to go that route please leave a comment with which tool you used and how easy it was to re-size the partition.

Ricky Williams

I'm the guy on the other side of the bar, the genius bar. I love all things Apple and I strive to own most of them. I work in IT for an Architecture firm in Toronto and I blog for T3kd about what I love, Technology. I have a busy life with my love of tech, writing and cars I try to devote a little energy to all of them. My main computer is my MacBook Pro, my main device is my iPhone 5 and my main car is a highly modified Passat. Keeping me sane is my wife, I'm married to my sweetheart and the love of my life. Oh yeah I'm Canadian Eh!