I recently obtained a Seagate Expansion 3TB external harddrive. I'm trying to copy over all of my stuff to prepare for reformatting and installing a new OS. A handful of my mp3s did not transfer when I was doing my music folder. I checked them after the fact and the ORIGINAL files became corrupted somehow. I am certain of at least a few that were not corrupted in anyway before doing this. Every now and then during my transfer I got

There was an error copying the file into /media/***/Seagate Expansion Drive.
Error splicing file: Input/output error

Each of these files that I check after are corrupted at some point in the duration and will not play. Why did this happen and what can I do to fix it?

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    This error indicates a problem with the storage media. Either a bad drive, or a filesystem problem. Are you sure that corrupted MP3's was work fine bedore copying? Also you can try to use gnome-disk utility to check your drive – c0rp Dec 26 '13 at 6:23
  • One of my mp3's was corrupted for sure and in a very strange way. I loaded it into the movies media player and it froze around 12 seconds. So next time I loaded it I skipped to around 15 seconds and it somehow had fused with another song in my library, then after a few seconds went back to normal. I know that the song was not corrupted because I copied it to my phone some time ago and it's totally fine on there. – alreadytaken4536 Dec 26 '13 at 19:04
  • Ubuntu says for my main harddrive on the laptop "DISK IS LIKELY TO FAIL SOON (32° C / 90° F)". That's a relief that I got my external recently then. I wonder if installing a different OS will solve anything or is this disk pretty much screwed no matter what? – alreadytaken4536 Dec 26 '13 at 19:06

Got this error too when copying data from my new dashcam. Reason: I had accidentally connected the device to the USB 3.0 port. After I connected the device to the USB 2.0 port, copying went well.

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    Why doesn't it work with USB 3.0? – dspacejs Jul 9 '16 at 9:43
  • Yeah there needs to be an explanation on this highly voted answer. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so why didn't the USB 3.0 port work? – pacoverflow Nov 6 '16 at 7:59
  • I too have an external hard drive that works on a USB 2.0 port but not on a USB 3.0, which seems to be underpowered. – Tony Martin Feb 5 '17 at 17:15

This normally means that your drive is failing or near-failing state. You should consider backup all your data and replace the drive. It could also happen with a corrupted file system, in which case a fsck while unmounted may be helpful. If after you repair the file system the drive continues failing then it's an imminent hardware failure.


If you have more storage, or external devices connected you can try unplugging a few and try again. There seem to be some bugs with multiple hardware devices connected and when copying big files from one to the other. It can also indicate a bad drive or corrupt file though.


I had this issue when moving an encrypted external disk (Veracrypt/NTFS) between Windows and Ubuntu, I had initially checked it working and then got this error the next day.

For me it was due to not properly unmounting the disk, I was able to resolve by returning to the windows machine and properly unmounting and then coming back to my Ubuntu box.

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