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I/O Device Error on External Hard Drive

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I few months back I got an external hard drive. TOday, I am getting and error that the drive is not accessible due to an I/O device error. I have power to the drive. Does anyone know what this error is or how to fix it?

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  • myiriss Dec 15, 2008

    I bought a Western Seagate 1Tb external hard drive only yesterday, and I stored 200Gb last night. This morning it was working fine, however I came home this afternoon after work to work on sorting out folders etc on it, and it won't read, it's freezing up, and reporting an i/o error when trying to access the drive. I'm running Windows Vista, help!! I've already deleted the files off my pc because I thought I was doing the smart thing backing them up to my hard drive :(

  • tljsmith Mar 21, 2009

    I have the same problem. I purchased a Western Digital Elements external hard drive. I transferred several files from my internal hard drive to the external. Now I can not access the files on the external. drive. I am getting an E/O Device error.

    I desperately need help as the files are my 2008 tax records!

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Try doing a disk check on it

1 hold down the windows key and press r
2 type in cmd
3 in the shell window type in chkdsk /F /X e:
Replace the E: with your harddrive letter

Posted on May 04, 2008

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  • vicacerna Nov 28, 2010

    Create a back up before doing this because it will erase files !!!!!!!

  • simbob2 Dec 16, 2010

    Does the hard drive have to be pluged in when u do this..?? Only when i plug in my maxtor 500g it freazes the PC..!!

  • simbob2 Dec 16, 2010

    Does the hard drive have to be pluged in to the usb to do this..?? Only my pc freazes when i plug in my maxtor 500g...I have been trying to solve this problem on my brothers iqon pc now for some time..!! It doesnt access my brothers western HD ither. It used to but then just stoped finding it for some reason..

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I had the same problem and could not access any files on a Maxtor external hard drive - I plugged the drive into an old laptop running Windows 98 (1st edition) and could access all of them !!

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Hi there,

Go into Control Panel/System/Device Manager and look for yellow exclamation marks. Delete any you find. Reboot your computer. Connect the external hard drive and turn it on. Let Windows discover it. If it asks for the driver, put in the CD that came with the drive.

Thanks

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