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I've recently backed up some files on an external hard drive in order to install Ubuntu 12.04.

But when I wanted to copy the backed up files (ex. music files) back to home folder, I'm prompted with this:

error splicing file: input/output error

I need help because I'm unable to have my files back on my computer.

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What is the formatting of device you copy from and of the location you want to copy it to? Also have a look at the end of dmesg and see if it has any extra information. –  Rinzwind Apr 29 '12 at 18:54
    
I have some music files I want to move in the music folder. Device format is FAT32. Also, please be more explicit about dmesg, is it a command line..? or..have no idea what it is. I used Disk Utility to find device formatting. hope this helps... –  iulian Apr 29 '12 at 18:58
    
yes, check the files on the external media for weird characters (or characters that might be special like \, /) that might screw up your copy. Oh and also try to tar the directory and see if you can untar it at the location you want it (that one helped me a few times) –  Rinzwind Apr 29 '12 at 19:00
    
Never thinked about archiving, I'll try that! –  iulian Apr 29 '12 at 19:02
    
error while adding files to archive. no other details. Also, all characters are normal. I wonder if there's anything else to do... –  iulian Apr 29 '12 at 19:52

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