When an I/O device error occurs on a computer, a drive may become inaccessible. When you attempt to open a drive, you will see an error message saying that the request could not be performed. Because I/O errors can cause your files to be deleted, they cause a great deal of worry. In this article, we will describe how to correct I/O device errors on external hard drives 

i/o Device error

Solution 1: Check all cables connections

Cables are usually the source of I/O device errors. The most common reason for these errors is that the cords become loose or damaged. At first, make sure all of your cords are properly connected at the computer and hub ports. To test whether there is a problem with your computer’s port, connect the drive to another device. If this solution fixes your problem, you’re finished. If it does not, try the next solution.

USB cable

Solution 2: Re-Install or Update the Drivers

An I/O device error may also be caused by an out-of-date driver. This error can be fixed by updating or reinstalling a fresh driver. You must check whether your drivers are up to date and compatible with the disk transfer.

  1. Right-click on “Start” icon and select “Device Manager in Showed List
Device Manager

2. In the Device Manager window, click on “Disk drives”, choose your Connected hard drive, right-click on it and select “Update driver”

Solution 3: Check all the Connected Cable to Laptop or Pc

The electricity on one set of wires may leak into another set, interfering with inputs and outputs. Because of this ,you should disconnect all of your external devices except your hard drive and any necessary accessories when you use your computer. You may avoid this issue in the future by replacing your wires with higher quality ones. You can also test whether your external drive is damaged or if it is faulty by connecting it to another computer.

Solution 4: Check and Repair the Device through in  Command Prompt

1.Select the Command Prompt (Admin) option from the menu by pressing (Windows + X) both keys simultaneously.

2.Allow OS to run the Command Prompt as Administrator, please click Yes.

3.Open a Command Prompt window and type chkdsk G: /f /r /x, replacing G with your drive letter. Be sure to sign in as Administrator.

The I/O device errors on the external & internal hard drive/USB drive/SD card can be fixed by using this option. From then on, you will no longer see the “The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error” message.

Solution 5: Change the drive letter

An I/O device error on an external hard disk can be fixed by changing the drive letter. Here’s how to change your drive letter.

To open Disk Management with administrator privileges, right-click the Start button.

1.Right-click on the volume you want to change the drive letter for on this window. Select “Change Drive Letter and Paths” from the menu that appears.

2. Right-click on the volume you want to change the drive letter for on this window. From the menu, select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”.

3. From the list, select the drive letter you want to change. Then click “Change” to make the change.

The warning message stating that certain programs may not function properly if drive letters are not used may appear. Click “Yes” if you see this message box.

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