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I'm trying to copy data off of an old SATA drive that ran Ubuntu but it erroring out saying Input/Output Error.

What would cause that error and how can I fix it?

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I/O error means that the Hard Drive can't read a certain location. It can be caused by a bad sector.

You can use ddrescue.

ddrescue is a data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying hard to rescue data in case of read errors.1

You can download the latest release Here, or through the Ubuntu Software Center

1Source:Ddrescue

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thanks i'll try this –  iamrandom Apr 19 '13 at 18:53
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