Run Time error - 3004 Failed to write to file in using Excel Macro

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When execute a macro in Excel, which is supposed to fetch 3 files in a folder and zip together the process fails with the error : 'Run Time error - 3004 Failed to write to file'


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The "Run Time error - 3004 Failed to write to file" error typically occurs when the macro encounters issues while attempting to write or save a file.

Here are a few possible solutions you can try:

  1. Check file permissions: Ensure that you have the necessary permissions to write or save files in the specified location. Make sure the folder where you are trying to save the files is not read-only or restricted.
  2. Verify file path and name: Double-check that the file path and name you are using in your macro are correct and do not contain any invalid characters or symbols. Ensure that the file name does not exceed the maximum allowed length.
  3. Close open files: If the files you are trying to write or save are already open in Excel or any other program, close them before running the macro. Open files can sometimes cause conflicts when attempting to write to them.
  4. Check disk space: Verify that there is sufficient disk space available on the drive where you are trying to save the files. If the drive is running low on space, it can prevent file writing operations.
  5. Disable antivirus or security software: Temporarily disable any antivirus or security software on your computer and try running the macro again. Sometimes, these programs can interfere with file writing operations.
  6. Test with a different folder: Try running the macro with a different folder location to see if the issue persists. This can help identify if the problem is specific to the current folder or if it is a more general issue.

If none of the above solutions resolve the issue, it might be helpful to review the specific code and steps you are using in your macro to see if there are any potential issues or errors in the code itself.