Fix 'Can't read from the source file or disk' error and regain access to your data

Roxanne updated on Jan 21, 2021 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Follow the two methods to fix 'can't read from the source file or disk' error in Windows 10/8/7. If you get this message while copying, moving or deleting files from PC to external storage devices such as USB/SD etc, relax. You can regain access to your data and fix 'can't read from source file/disk' error here now.

Error Message: Can't read from the source file or disk 

"My internal hard drive is full and it dramatically slows down my Windows 10 laptop. Then, I bought a new external hard drive and wanted to transfer some data from the PC to the new drive. So, I could free up more space. But when it gets to a certain point, it always says "Can't read from the source file or disk" and name a certain file that can't be read. Is there any way to fix the issue?"

Can't read from the source file or disk error

Many users have reported that they got "Can't read from the source file or disk" error message while copying, deleting or moving files from one location to another. For example from a PC to an external hard drive/SD card, USB flash drive, etc or vice verse in Windows 10/8/7. If you happened to be annoyed by this issue, please don't worry! The solution below may help you.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover Data from the Hard Disk Select and scan hard drive > Preview found files > Recover lost hard drive data...Full steps
Method 2. Format the Disk Connect to the PC > Click Control Panel > Click Administrative Tools...Full steps

Firstly, recover data from the hard disk

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Step 1. Select and scan hard drive.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the drive where you lose your data and click "Scan". Wait patiently until this program finishes the scanning, it will find all your lost data on the drive.

select and scan the hard drive

Step 2. Find and preview found files on the selected drive.

Check "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use "Filter", "Search" to find the lost files on the selected hard drive. You can double-click to open and check the found files.

Preview lost hard drive data

Step 3. Recover and save lost hard drive data.

Select all found lost hard drive files, click "Recover" and browse another secure location to save them. Click "OK" to confirm and finish the recovery process.

recover data from hard drive

Secondly, format the disk to permanently remove "Can't read from the source file or disk" error message

After retrieving all your files, you can try disk management tool to format your external hard drive, SD card or USB flash drive to permanently remove "Can't read from the source file or disk" error message. It easy and just takes simple steps!

  1. 1. Connect the device to the PC.
  2. 2. Type Control Panel in the search box. Click "Control Panel".
  3. 3. Click "Administrative Tools".
  4. 4. Click "Computer Management".
  5. 5. Click "Disk Management".
  6. 6. Right-click on the drive or device to format and click on "Format".
  7. 7. Select the file system and set the cluster size.
  8. 8. Click "OK" to format the disk.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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