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Microsoft KB Archive/250069

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Error Message: A Hardware I/O Error Was Reported While Accessing <Filename>

Article ID: 250069

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95

This article was previously published under Q250069


When you are using Paint (Mspaint.exe) and you attempt to browse to a file by specifying the path to an empty drive, you may receive the following error message: A hardware I/O error was reported while accessing Filename


This error message occurs when you attempt to browse a drive that is empty. This message does not indicate a problem.


Verify that there is a disk in the selected drive.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

Keywords: kberrmsg kbprb KB250069