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An I/O Device Error usually occurs on internal & external hard drives, Memory SD cards, SSD, USB flash drives or pen drives, etc. And at most times, it comes with "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error" message.

Here is the list of the most common I/O error message & codes:

  • The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
  • Only part of a readprocessmemory or writeprocessmemory request was completed.
  • I/O error codes such as error 6, error 21, error 103, error 105, and error 131

What are the reason of I/O Device Error?

  • The USB port or USB card reader of the system is damaged or not working.
  • The drivers installed on the computer is outdated or incompatible.
  • Due to the Incompatible file system of the hard drive.
  • The windows transfer mode is inconsistent with the hard drive.
  • The device that you are trying to access is damaged or defective.

This is all about what is I/O error, causes of I/O errors, etc. You can try the given solution to fix the problem. If in case the above solution failed to restore your data, then it may be that your hard drive is going through from hardware issues. In this case, you can get in touch with the professional data recovery service providers.

You can go through the below Infographics to fix the error: "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."

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