4 Best Ways to Fix an I/O Device Error on Windows



Why you have I/O device error? This error occurs because the operating system cannot perform an Input/Output action on the disk you are using right now.

Beside the notification above, you will likely to have other type of error messages when you have an I/O device error. Here are some of the example:


“The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.” “Only part of a readprocessmemory/writeprocessmemory request was completed.” IO error codes like error 6, error 21, error 103, error 105, error 131 and more.

The problem is mostly due to the malfunction of the hard drive, flash drive, SD card, CD or DVD. However, the faulty programs and drivers can sometimes lead to this problem as well.

In this post, you can find 4 methods to fix I/O device error that happens to your computer. Check them out below:


4 Best Ways to Fix an I/O Device Error on Windows

1) Perform basic troubleshooting

Once you have met an I/O device error, you should check the connection of your devices. Make sure the connector is properly connected to the port, and the cable is not defective, no matter what device you are using.

Besides you can try another device or media or test the device on another computer. By doing so, you can identify whether the error you have met is caused by your computer or your drive or disk.

2) Perform a clean boot

Some programs or services can lead to I/O device errors. You need to put your operating system in clean boot state — that is, to start your system with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This method can help you identify exactly which application is causing trouble. Note that to perform a clean boot, you will need Administrator Privileges of your operating system.

a) Log onto your operating system as Administrator.

b) Press Windows logo key and R key on your keyboard at the same time to open Run dialog. In this dialog, type “msconfig” and hit Enter. This will open System Configuration window.


c) On General tab in System Configuration window, you can see the default setting is Normal startup. Now you need to select Selective startup and untick Load startup items.


d) Go to Services tab. Tick Hide all Microsoft services. Then click on Disable all. (You need to hide all Microsoft services first, or you will disable some secure services and bring about unexpected consequences.) After that click on OK.

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e) Restart your computer, and it will boot into clean boot state. At this time try accessing your drive or disk and redo the action that incurred the error. See if the error is gone. If so, refer to the steps above to enable the services one by one to identify which application is the culprit. After that, you can disable or uninstall the problematic program in order to prevent the problem.

* Note that after you finish troubleshooting, you need to revert your changes you have made to the original settings.

3) Update drivers

It is also possible that the I/O device error results from faulty or incompatible drivers. You need to update drivers of your devices so that you can get rid of this error.

To update driver, using Driver Easy is an easy and credible option.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can download and install your drivers by using either Free or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes only 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

a) Download and Install Driver Easy.

b) Run Driver Easy and hit Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.


c) Click on the Update button next to each of your devices to download the latest and correct driver for it. You can also hit Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click on Update All).


4) Contact hardware manufacturer

If you have tried the methods above and the problem persists, you may need to ask an expert for help. You can contact the manufacturer of your device or computer. They can offer you further assistance, helping you find out the cause of the error, and having your devices repaired or replaced.



That’s it. Now, try to restart your computer and see the effect. The I/O device error should no longer appear on your screen. Hope it help you get rid of the problem.

Should you have any questions and suggestions, feel free to contact us. Thank you for reading, Folks!

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