cant read file

Started by Amanda Dearheart, December 07, 2021, 06:08:23

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Amanda Dearheart

All of a sudden, my system cannot read from disk.
Im trying to backup my files from one drive to another drive.  Whether I use the standard drag and drop methodor the CTRL-C == CTRL-V method, I get the error 'cannot read from source file or disk'.
Im using Windows 8.1.  This only cropped up this mid-last week.  So what the heck is going on?
Prepare to be assimilated !  Resistance is futile!


- broken OS / virus preventing from accessing your file (for whatever reason)
- broken filesystem (NTFS) -> run diagnostics
- broken hard drive -> replace

you can do a whole drive backup with various tools .... or other variants to copy "byte by byte" and not "complete file" (so you might at least be able to rescue some stuff)
These tools require administrative rights and for Windows you might need to boot from such a rescue tool to allow access to the system partition (did not have to run this on a live Windows system for >10 years now - so might be different now).




you can try to run check disk from command prompt with admin rights (press Windows key and type cmd and run as admin):

chkdsk c: /f

Replace c: with the partition you are having trouble with (/f flag tries to fix errors).

- Got 01100011 problems, but the bit ain't 00000001