How To Remove ‘The Semaphore Timeout Period Has Expired’ Error?

An individual trying to make a backup of the files to their portable drive might see in the middle of this process the Error Code 0x80070079. This error reads ‘The semaphore timeout period has expired’. Go through this blog carefully for knowing the method of dealing with the error 0x80070079.

Method 1: Doing SFC and DISM Scans

Have a look at the given below steps properly.

  1. Firstly, press the combination of Windows+ R on the keyboard for viewing the Run dialog box.
  2. Then, go to the Run DialogBox and write ‘cmd.’
  3. Next, put the combination of Control+Shift+Enter.
  4. As soon as the Command prompt is displayed, you need to write ‘sfc/scannow’.
  5. After that, tap on the Enter key of your keyboard.

The method of doing a DISM scan is mentioned below.

  1. Firstly, go to the Command Prompt one more time.
  2. Next, write this order DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth
  3. Then, give time till the scan result is displayed. 
  4. Note that if the utility shows any problem, then you need to do according to the given instructions only.

Method 2: Turning of the Antivirus and Firewall temporary

  1. Firstly, put the combination of Windows button +I on the keyboard for going to the Settings application.
  2. Then, press on Update and Security.
  3. After that, go to the page and see the left side.
  4. Next, choose Windows Security.
  5. Then, move to the left side of the screen.
  6. After that, choose Windows Security.
  7. Next, go to the right side.
  8. Then, press on Virus and Threat Protection.
  9. After that, press on Manage Settings. It will be located under the Virus and Threat Protection Settings part.
  10. Lastly, disable the button below Real-Time Protection for turning it off.

 Method 3: Remove the HDD Entries

  1. Firstly, visit the taskbar.
  2. Next, do a right-click on the Windows symbol.
  3. After that, press the Universal Serial Bus Controller part for expanding its texts.
  4. Then, check the given list of devices and note whether your HDD is present.
  5. Next, if you get the earlier entry of the HDD, then you need to do a right-click on it.
  6. Lastly, press on Disable Devices.

Method 4: Check whether your external drive is set to NTFS

  1. Firstly, do a right-click on your external drive.
  2. Then, select Format from the context menu.
  3. After that, choose NTFS on the next prompt.
  4. Lastly, press on Quick Format.

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