This article covers how to fix "can't read from the source file or disk" error.
Basically, this error triggers when trying to copy certain files to or from an external hard disk.
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.
To fix Error Message: Can't read from the source file or disk:
1. Restart the PC
If you can't read from the source file or disk while copying in Windows 10, and this happens for the first time, try restarting the computer (do not turn off and on, just restart).
Rebooting helps the computer deal with such errors on its own and returns it to an adequate working state.
2. Check the file name
Changing the file name is justified when the file was created in one OS, and its use occurs in another. You may not be able to read from the source file or disk while deleting after using this file on the command line. If this is your situation, be sure to rename the file properly and restart the computer after that.
3. Try to open the file on another PC
Try to do the same as in method 2, but on another PC. Better yet, if it will be a completely different OS (for example, you have Windows installed, then look for a computer with a Mac, etc.).
This will help get rid of any conflicts between the file and the computer, which can happen quite often.
4. Use chkdsk to fix bad sectors
The free chkdsk utility usually handles such errors with ease.