I'm having an issue with a input/output error on an external drive that is formatted ExFAT. I was trying to delete some files off my external drive and it was giving me the input/output error.

I ran fsck.exfat and it returns me the following;

exfatfsck 1.2.3
WARN: volume was not unmounted cleanly.
Checking file system on /dev/sdc5.
File system version           1.0
Sector size                 512 bytes
Cluster size                128 KB
Volume size                1210 GB
Used space                 1196 GB
Available space              14 GB
ERROR: expected 1 continuations.
Totally 27000 directories and 240173 files.
File system checking finished. ERRORS FOUND: 1.

This one directory which I use for storing Steam games in was having issues of letting me run the game, so I tried to delete the game contents, but it won't delete this one directly because it complains about a nonexistent file that's usually contained inside this directory. This Steam game in particular is Rocket League, and the folder is;


if I run ls against the directory I get this;

$ ls -la
ls: reading directory '.': Input/output error
total 0

$ sudo rm -rvf *
rm: cannot remove 'CookedLinux': Input/output error

I think I've dealt with a similar issue to this once before, but I do not know how to fix this. I think this is similar to a broken inode issue where it thinks a certain file exists, but doesn't exist.


Try this:

sudo apt install testdisk
sudo testdisk /dev/sdc

PS. I would predict that your HDD will fail permanently in max few weeks. Would consider backup.

  • The likeliness of my external hard drive failing in a few weeks from a broken inode seems very unlikely. – user91679 Dec 11 '16 at 16:18
  • inodes don't just brake by theirselves... if you consider it unlikely, don't backup... but don't cry after losing ALL data :) – Flash Thunder Dec 11 '16 at 16:20
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    This conversation has been moved to chat. – terdon Dec 12 '16 at 11:25

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