A working computer relies heavily on the input and output functions of its physical components. A hard drive, internal or external, as well as flash drive utilizes the to and fro actions to achieve its sole purpose for data storage and retrieval. Optical media with corresponding drives allow data to be transported in CD or DVD form, a cheaper and more robust alternative as compared to regular drives. Since hardware breaks down of its own accord or the user’s, the to and fro actions fail and one becomes quickly acquainted with the I O device error message. Understandably a nasty feeling upon a maiden encounter, one need not fluster as the problem can be easily resolved.
Although the message may present itself in myriad forms, the general idea is that an error is encountered and expectations are not fulfilled. As in most, if not all, user manuals and call center scripts on how to resolve reading errors and alike, restarting the computer is often a good start. If there is no progress, one can necessitate steps depending on specifics of error. An error encountered whilst attempting to access a CD may best be handled by removing said CD and taking a good look at the media. Surfaces with scratches, oil stains, remnants of labels as well as blocked by stickers need to be cleaned and retried. Try reading on another computer’s drive to test it. After no success on three computers’ drives, chances are the CD has met its maker. If it works on other drives, use a cleaner disk to remove dust and dirt from the drive in question.
Answering many of an I O device error problem is often quite simple. External devices are normally connected and disconnected by users on the go. As such, a majority of problems stem from bad connections and loose cables. Give the connectors a good jiggle to ensure all pins and points are in the right place for the plug and play. However funny it may sound, manufacturers color-code their connectors and cables to help users figure out which goes where. Short of a colorblind consumer, encounters with mismatched connection have significantly reduced courtesy of this simple preventive method. If some internal connection is suspect, check the work previously done to add or replace devices within. Novices should refrain from diving into the internal workings and seek professional assistance.
If all else fails, look to the friendly IT technician to disperse woes of reading errors and like problems.