If you suspect the problem is with the internal hard drive on your computer, attempting to reconnect the drive is not recommended for the casual user as significant damage can result to the computer if the task is conducted improperly.
Another cause of the I/O device error is that Windows has the transfer mode for the drive or device set incorrectly.
These include: – Outdated or corrupt driver installation for the affected hardware device.
– Windows using an incompatible transfer mode for the hardware. – The portable media (CD, DVD, or SD card) is damaged or excessively dirty.
Step 1 – Restart the computer that is throwing the I/O device error.
Step 2 – Attempt to access the disk, drive, or portable media again.
Before throwing away a “faulty” CD/DVD, or delving into more complex troubleshooting, there are some basic steps computer users can attempt to clear the I/O device error.
If it does not, there could be a problem with the media itself or IDE channel.The transfer mode can be changed or corrected by the end-user if logged in to the computer in administrator mode.Step 1 – Select the “Start” menu button and then right click the “My Computer” icon.A common error encountered by Microsoft Windows users when trying to read or write from a drive, disk, or portable media device is the I/O device error.When this error is generated, the transfer mode that the operating system is attempting to use for the operation may not be recognized.