Anyone have any ideas as to why a hard drive gives I/O device error?

By pranil.naidu ·
I have two computers. One of the computers recently turned off and since then is giving the "\windows\system32\config directory not found Run System Restore" The thing is when I try to retreive my data externally from that hard drive, even though the hard drive picks, I cannot open it because it gives the I/O Device Error.

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by shasca In reply to Anyone have any ideas as ...

Thats a failing drive.

Can you right click from explorer/My Computer, and do a properties/tools/error checking?

Then repair disk errors.

You may be able to fix the drive long enough to recover data as a slaved drive. It's not looking good though.

If you are hearing a clicking sound from the drive, it could be even worse.

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by jgirizarry In reply to Anyone have any ideas as ...

Test the HDD into a different PC, if you get the same error, then the electronic I/O portion of the HDD is damaged. Unfortunately, the only way to get your info back, would be to send it to data recovery company.

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