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external hard drive I/O device error

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by iconfuzed, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. iconfuzed

    iconfuzed Member

    Jan 2, 2007
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    ok, i got a western digital 250 gig ex.hdd. i been using it for temp storage for bout a yr. i'd take things off my pc and put it on the ex/hdd then i'd burn some of it on data disk then delete it but here is my problem

    ..bout the last 5 data dvds i've burnt had failed the data verification so i tried moving the data off the ex to the pc..but i got this message..

    "cannot copy "*name of file": The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error

    i even got this message on small files like pictures..but i can move some files but not much and it takes a really long time to do anything..cause it been freezin' up on me. on google all i can find is it's a cable problem. i tried a diffent usb cable and it still the same..also it does the same on my other pc.....any help or advice i'd really appreciate it..

    if i gotta format the drive..i'll lose so much muzik it will make me sick....
  2. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

    Mar 4, 2004
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    What's probably gone wrong is the drive enclosure, not the drive inside. You can buy an enclosure to put the drive in as a replacement quite cheaply, and all your data will be intact (take the existing one apart to find out which type you need to buy).

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