If you have been fond of the Microsoft suite of productivity tools, you must have been a regular user of OneDrive. The popular cloud based storage service from Microsoft, which competes with Google Drive, lets you store files online and sync files across all of your devices. However, it is not without its own share of error messages. One such error that you are most likely to come across when using OneDrive is “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid.” What is this error all about, and how to fix it?
The best way to fix the “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid” error is to clear the cache for your OneDrive. You can also run a CHKDSK command to fix the problem more effectively.
What Causes the “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid” Error on One Drive?
You would ideally come across the error “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid.” On OneDrive, when you are changing a folder or deleting it from your Windows device. It is quite common to find this error when accessing the file via Command Prompt or File Explorer. The error normally affects the files and folders that are synced to your OneDrive.
The error “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid.” is generally caused by the sync issues with your OneDrive account or app. It can be due to the corruption in the file you are working with or the other system files, which can prevent OneDrive from syncing as expected.
How to Fix “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid” Error in OneDrive?
There can be multiple fixes that can help you fix the error quite effectively and efficiently. You can check out the fixes one by one and find which among them works efficiently in helping you fix the error on OneDrive.
Fix 1: Run a CHKDSK scan
The most possible causes of the error that can cause One Drive to throw the error “The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid.” Is the issues with your system files. The issues or corruption in the system files can create issues with your OneDrive sync and thus make OneDrive throw the error.
Running the CHKDSK scan can help you replace the corrupt system files with healthy files.
Here is how you can run the CHKDSK command to fix the error on your device:
- Launch the RUN dialogue box. You can do this by using the keyboard combinations – Windows key+R.
- Type in CMD and press CTRL+Shift +ENTER to open Command Prompt in elevated mode ( or, in simple words, with administrative privileges)
- Click YES if you are asked to confirm USER Account Control.
- Enter the command chkdsk c: /f and press ENTER.
- Confirm the action by typing Y and pressing ENTER
- Wait until the scan is completed. It can take a little time, depending on the corruption, if any, in your system files.
Once the scan is complete, the error The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid should be gone.
Fix 2: Reset OneDrive
Resetting your OneDrive can help you fix a host of issues that, include fixing most of the issues on OneDrive. If you are getting The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid error due to the OneDrive sync, it will be resolved with this method.
Follow the steps below to reset OneDrive:
- Launch Run command. You can do this with the key combinations Windows key + R
- In the RUN dialog box, type in the following command
- If the above command does not work, use the command below:
%programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset or C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset
- Press ENTER or click on OK
If everything goes fine, the command should get executed, and OneDrive should reset.
Fix 3: Check for file corruption issues
If you have your system files corrupted, running a System File Checker of SFC should help you fix the error.
Follow the steps below to fix the corrupt system files and replace them with the correct files:
- Launch Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
- Type in the following commands one by one, making sure to press ENTER after each of them
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Do note that the scan can take a while. Wait patiently until the system files are scanned and repaired if they are corrupted.
Once the scan is complete, restart your computer.
Fix 4: Check Windows Updates
If you have any pending Windows updates, it can cause issues with your OneDrive app and OneDrive sync. Check if you have any pending Windows updates and update your operating system to the latest version.
You can simply go to your Windows Settings and then choose Windows Update. If you have any updates, they should be visible to you in the right pane. Download and install the updates.
Well, getting sync issues in OneDrive can be quite frustrating. If you have been getting issues such as The tag present in the reparse point buffer is invalid, the fixes outlined in the above discussion should help you fix the problem much more effectively. If nothing works in resolving the error, and the issue affects only one file, you can simply move the file to another location and delete it from the device on which you have been facing the issue.