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Fix “Can’t read from the source file or disk” Error

There are occasions when you try to copy some files on your computer or hard drive and get an error message “Can’t read from the source file or disk.” This error does not disappear if you try again and again.

Reasons for this error

  • File Size Limits: Check for the file size and the destination you are copying this file to. Ex: If you are trying to copy a 6 GB file to an external hard drive that is formatted with FAT16 or FAT32, you cannot do it since FAT16 can support files up to 2 GB, while FAT32 can hold up to 4 GB.
  • Presence of bad sectors: Bad sectors on the hard drive can also cause this error. Just plug in your external hard drive into a different system and see if it works. If not, it probably contains bad sectors.
  • Power and Cables: If you are copying to an external hard drive, ensure it’s got enough power. If it is connected to the USB hub, for instance, the drive may not be getting enough power for the writes. Do try other cables and see if it works fine.
  • Filename issues: Windows may not recognize the file name and gives you an error. This might happen if you copied from a different Operating system such as Mac, or it was renamed through Command Prompt. Rename the file and check it works again.

Solutions to this error

  1. Remove bad sectors using Remo Recover software

You can get rid of bad sectors on your hard drive with Remo Recover software. The recovery tool creates a disk image of your hard drive, bypassing all the bad sectors and then recovers data from this image.

If you had done a factory reset on your drive to get rid of the error, do not worry. The software can also recover files after factory reset on Windows 10.

If you just re-installed your Operating system in order to get rid of this error for good, but lost important data in the process, do not panic.

You can recover files after reinstalling Windows 10 as well.

  1. Recover all your data with Remo Recover

If you are still getting the same error, it is advised to first recover all the data from the drive and then format it.

Just download and install Remo Recover software. Follow simple steps mentioned on-screen to restore all the data.

  1. Format your hard drive
  • Click on Start
  • Type Control Panel in a search bar.
  • Now select System and Security.
  • In System and Security window, click on Administrative Tools.
  • In Administrative tools window, double-click on Computer Management
  • Now click on Disk Management on the left side of the window.
  • Select the drive that you want to format.
  • Right click on the drive and choose Format.
  • For the file system, choose NTFS unless you want to specifically choose another file system.
  • You can set Allocation unit size by default.
  • Uncheck Perform a quick format option to do a Full format.

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