Error 0x80070070 when imaging with USMT in task sequence

Today, we were trying to image a computer with a task sequence that captures the user state first before imaging.  On one particular computer, the following error popped up during the ‘Capture User State’ task:

0x80070070 Error

I pressed ‘F8’ on the keyboard of the computer in question and copied off the SMSTS.log file onto a usb stick.

The log file can be found here: X:\Windows\Temp\SMSTSLog as shown in the following screenshot:

smstsLog

Analysis of SMSTS.log showed the following:

smstsError

It can clearly be seen that the computer in question is out of disk space.

Solution:

As the user had no data that they required backed up as part of the imaging process, we chose to use Diskpart right there and then seeing as we were still in cmd.exe to remedy the situation.

Here’s the five commands listed in order to fix the issue:

diskpart
list disk
select disk x (where x is the disk you are interested in)
clean
exit

We could then image successfully.

Other solutions would have been to log in to the computer to free up some disk space manually or use a task sequence that did not contain any USMT steps in it.

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