I was playing a video stored on my workstations internal 3TB WD Green hard-drive. This is how the problem started. The video playback froze about a minute into it. I tried playing several other media files stored on the same disk and all the videos consistently stopped playing after about a minute. I then tried a media file stored on a different 2TB hard-drive. It played without issue. I tried several other videos stored on the 2TB hard-drive and I had no problems with them at all.
I then tried copying a large 7GB file from the 3TB hard-drive to my desktop. It worked fine, then I tried copying a random folder full of videos containing about 13GB of media. As soon as I started I got the following error:
An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file. If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem.
Error 0x8007045D: The requested could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
I tried coping several different folders on the 3TB hard-drive and they all gave me the same error trying to copy them.
I've temporarily disconnected the hard-drive in question, sealed it in a protective anti-static bag and put it in a safe place away from any heat sources. I just got back from the store and I purchased a new 3TB WD green hard-drive, same make and model within reason.
I've googled the problem and found some suggestions, possible causes, and trouble-shooting suggestions. Some people think this error has something to do with the File and Folder permissions getting screwed up or corrupted. To test this theory they recommended booting into safe-mode and attempting to copy some files from the hard-drive.
I tried copying files in safe mode but I received the same error message. Then just for good measure I booted into a ubuntu live cd to test. I got a similar error trying to copying files under Linux.
As far as I understand, Linux doesn't use the same file permissions as Windows does. Therefore, if the possible cause of the disrupted file permissions were the culprit then copying the files using Linux would have bypassed that altogether. Then when copying files that were created by Windows; Linux would ignore the permissions managed by Windows, just copy everything, if I'm correct about how it works.
I was helping a friend of mine, a while back, to update his MacBook to OSX 10.8 from 10.4 so he could use the Time Machine he bought for backups. So I needed to backup his files to a third hard-drive first and not the Time Machine from this MacBook’s internal hard-drive. There were problems copying some files because there was corruption. A lot of insignificant files, some random pictures, of nothing important but when the error appeared it would stop copying. So eventually I was able to copy all the files in the home folder at once with a terminal command I found online. It worked like a charm. Then I was able to re-install the newest OSX and copy his files back and configure his automatic backups through Time Machine instead.
I was wondering if there is something similar I can do in my situation. To keep copying the files, a little at a time, if need be; as the errors happen to get every file copied to the replacement hard-drive that I've purchased.