How to Fix Can't Read from the Source File or Disk While Copying

When I try to copy something FROM my 1TB internal hard drive to my external hard drive, it always says 'Can't read from the source file or disk' and identifies a specific file that cannot be read at a given point. I've read that this could imply that the drive is defective and has bad sectors, so I'm wondering if my internal hard drive or my external hard drive has these issues. Anyone can help?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 10, 2023

The most frequent cause of the "cannot read from the source file or disk" issue is when moving files between two separate drives. For instance, moving files from a PC to an external hard drive is incompatible with file systems. So you can try the solution of converting NTFS to FAT32 to check your hard drive and fix the error.

Step 1. In your system, choose the source hard drive, right-click on it, and then choose "Properties" from the menu. You may view the file system of the disk in "Properties" under the "General" tab.

Step 2. To view the file system of your destination disk, perform right-click and select "Properties." Use hard drives with the same file system to fix the problem if the file systems are different.

The "Can't read from the source file or disk" error occurs while coping items can be solved by using a disk management program to format your external hard drive, SD card, or USB flash drive after you have recovered all of your contents.

  • Attach the gadget to the computer.
  • In the search box, enter Control Panel. the "Control Panel" button.
  • Click "Administrative Tools" - "Computer Management" - "Disk Management"
  • Select "Format" from the context menu of the right-clicked drive or device.
  • Decide on the cluster size and the file system.
  • To format the disk, click "OK."

Moreover, if your drive is defective and has bad sectors, you can use CHKDSK to fix them in these steps:

Step 1. Launch Command Prompt as Administrator to begin the procedure. The "Win + X" key, the Windows search bar, or the Windows Run function can all be used to accomplish that.

Step 2. To fix the corrupt sectors, issue the chkdsk X: /f command. You must swap out the hard disk represented by the "X" with the desired hard drive.

Now the drive's existing files are inaccessible to you, but EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can access them. In addition to recovering deleted data, formatted data, and lost partitions, this software also aids in retrieving files from drives that have gone problematic and are thus no longer accessible.

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