When the Windows OS is attempting to use a transfer mode that is not available or not recognized to or from an input, storage or output device , an I/O device error may occur.
Reasons for I/O Device Error
- This plugged storage device is incorrectly connected. PC cannot detect your connected device normally.
- The computer USB port or USB card reader is damaged or broken.
- The computer storage device drive is outdated, damaged or incompatible with your attached device.
- The external hard drive, memory card or USB drive is recognized with a wrong drive letter.
- The external hard drive, memory card or USB drive that you are trying to access is dirty or damaged.
- Windows is trying to use a transfer mode that the hardware device cannot use.
Now, what should I do? Can I fix this error effectively? What’s more, is it possible to fix “the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error” without data loss?
Recover Data from Drive with I/O Device Error
How to recover data from drive with I/O device error without affecting the original data? MiniTool Power Data Recovery is recommended here!
In a word, with MiniTool data recovery software, you can easily and quickly recover lost data without bringing any damage to the original data because of its high security, excellent performance and simple operations. Next, let’s see the detailed steps of data recovery.
Step-by-step Guide to Recovering Data from Drive with I/O Device Error
1) Connect your drive to computer.
2) Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
3) Install it on drive. WARNING: Do not install Power Data Recovery on the drive containing lost data. Otherwise, the original data could be overwritten and there is no way to recover them.
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and then select Damaged Partition Recovery.
Step 2. Select the drive you want to recover, and then click Full Scan button to scan the entire device sector by sector to furthest find desired data.
Note: You can click Settings feature to make the program scan needed files only by file systems and file types. For example, if you just want to recover pictures or photos, you can check the option “Graphics & Picture”, as shown below.
Step 3. Check all needed files, and then click Save button to store them on a safe place.
1. Before recovering files, you can preview the attributes of the selected file: apart from thumbnail, attributes such as file name and file size of the selected file will emerge on the right side. What’s more, you can preview photos before saving.
2. Find: this feature makes it possible to find a specified file directly as long as users remember the file name. For example, if you know the lost file is named with DSC_0016, you can type DSC_0016 and then click “Find” to locate the file directly.
3. Filter: filter out needless data by file name, file size, creation time, and so on. This feature is very useful when the name of found file has been changed. For instance, if you only want to recover word documents, you can choose “*.doc, *.xls, *ppt” to filter out “*.zip, *.wav, *.jpg” and other types of files.
4. Export Scan Result: after scan, we can export all scanning results to a specified place, which makes it possible to load previous results without rescanning.
Thus, all work has been done. In general, in addition to recovering data from drive with I/O device error, this tool can also help to solve other data loss issues. For instance, it can recover data from drive whose parameter is incorrect.
After recovering lost data, let’s see how to fix the external hard drive I/O error.
6 Methods to Fix The “I/O Device Error” Problem
Solution 1: Ensure the storage device connection is working correctly
Solution 2: Download, install or update your device driver
Solution 3: Change drive letter
Solution 4: Check and repair disk errors on drive
Solution 5: Change the transfer mode for the drive in IDE channel properties
Solution 6: Format the hard drive
Have you ever encountered this message: “The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error”? Now, you can try the above 6 solutions to fix this I/O device error. However, if this drive contains important data, you had better recover lost data at first.