The I/O device error message is found predominantly on Windows 10 computers and laptops. Linux is not immune to this error either, and we have also seen it on virtual hypervisors such as VMware or Hyper-V. The”I/O device error” is one of those vague system messages that doesn’t really give you a lot of information; yes, an I/O device error will ordinarily point to a problem some kind of attached media, but it doesn’t really give you many clues about the cause of the problem – just that “the request could not be performed.”
The Gillware Data Recovery Engineers fix I/O device error problems all the time. An I/O error can affect any externally attached media, and we have even seen it on an internal hard drive that suffering from damaged I/O cables or in need of some kind of partition recovery.
The most common peripherals we encounter on service requests to fix I/O device errors are:
- External hard drive (USB, firewire, or network attached)
- SD card (I/O cards for cell phones, cameras, and game consoles
- USB flash drive (non-volatile flash memory stick with no mechanical elements)
- Pen drive (a removable USB flash drive that can only connect via USB)