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Q: "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" Error Then "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl..."

Hello,

I need help with this Diskette issue please. "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure"
I've had this problem a few times in a couple of years and I have been able to fix the error by pressing F2 and going to the SETUP. And I've done this with no issues. But this time I thought I fixed it but now I get this new error: "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". After I press Ctrl+Alt+Del it takes me back to the same error massage "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". Need help please. This is a Dell Desktop, Windows XP.
Thank you.

Sue

A: "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" Error Then "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl..."

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I have a home built machine with an Gigabyte Mother board, 4 GB of RAM, Pentium D 3.4 GHz proc, Zalman 650 watt power supply running Winoidws 7 32 bit with all the latest updates, however, BIOS is unconfirmed. OS drive is a 650 GB SATA with plenty of space (at least 400 GB free) and the CD/DVD Rom is IDE.

My GPU card needed cleaning, so I removed it by disconnecting the Mobo power cable, the GPU powe cable (to the card) and the ATX 12v cable (this was necessary to remove the GPU card).

After cleaning and replacing the card, and assuring all the connectors were securly fastened, I received the above error.

Windows will occassionally get past the start up logo and the screen will go black with only the mouse present (slow start up?) OR the drive light will just be lit solid with the occasional access flicker.

What I have tried:
Ran the OS System Recovery Utility from the Boot disc. Took a while, said it fixed somethings, but still get above error.
Reverted Mobo BIOS settings to default.
Tried to run CMD.exe in the syetm recover tools in the Win 7 boot disc for dskchk and run "FIXMBR" or "FIXBOOT", but since I know nothing about DOS, couldn't figure out how to get it to check my SATA drive or past X:\services.
Tired booting without external HDs and CD's in USB or Rom drives.
I have been planning on wiping my drive anyway to get 64 bit Win 7 on the machine, but would like one more boot from my C:\ for a quick back up (luckily I back up every othe... Read more

A:"A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."

Using another system - one that that one cannot touch (no offense), download Killdisk and use ImgBurn to burn the CD-R or DVD-R ISO (or other - I always use -R).

Then boot your system up with KillDisk and you'll see the menu - 1 of the options (apologies, don't recall which off hand) will allow you to view partitions to see what's on them.

If you can boot from that, then use non-MS OS (Linux ?) to copy files out. I am unfamiliar with Linux and procedures, but I will be glad to request help if you can view the drive with KillDisk and find files you wish to try & save.

That was some "bickering thread", BTW - I guess some need HUGE fonts like that either to emphasize their point (like some YELLING) - or maybe they lost their glasses!

One thing I can tell you - the error message that you are receiving is IMHO purely related to the DVD/CD drive - CTRL-ALT-DELETE will not re-boot the hard drive. It is from the days of DOS and floppy drives. You are probably receiving that message b/c the system cannot find what it needs on the hard drive to boot - i.e., it is not recognizing it a MS Windows installation. It also could be the media - the DVD/ CD.

KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

For info - KillDisk WILL NOT automatically start deleting files when you boot with it - you'll see the menu.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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My computer has recently started giving me an error message that says "A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart." during startup.

The first time this came up I took it into the repair shop the morning after. They turned the computer on, it started normally, and after keeping it overnight they returned it to me saying that they could find nothing wrong with it.

It worked normally for about 2 days after that and then when I was using it the system suddenly became unresponsive. I was forced to turn it off via the button on the front of my tower, and when I turned it back on the disk read error message came back up.
The next morning when I turned it on it was fine.

This process of it becoming unresponsive, giving me the error, and being fine by the next morning continued for a couple of days until now when it only shows me the error.

Help?

System Specs
Model: Gateway E4300 6-Bay Desktop
OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz (2CPUs)
Memory: 3GB RAM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
Drives: C:/,D:/(backup),E:/(external)
 

A:"A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart."

Do you have backups? First thing I would suspect is the hard drive is dying, or at the very least, some important boot sector info is going bad. Try a utility boot disk of any variety like Parted Magic Live CD or make a UBCD4Win CD if you have access to a windows XP disc or image, or use a Linux LiveCD, to see if you can get access to the contents of the drive if need be. Or alternately, pull the drive and attach it as a secondary data drive to another system and see if its readable.

Based on the results of your attempts at access, further advice can be given as to what to do about the drive if that indeed turns out to be the problem.
 

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Hi,

I tried to install windows 7 on my computer and it caused an error and would not load. So i tried to install a fresh copy of windows XP SP3. When the computer performed it's normal reboot during the installation the computer hangs during the BIOS and gives the following error message "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart".

Any suggestions on how to fix this.

A:"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

It sounds like the HDD is failing. Restart with a Windows disc again and do a Full Format, not a Quick Format. The full format will identify any bad sectors and mark them as such and not copy data to them. If there are too many bad sectors, then it will not format. You will need to buy a new HDD.

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Hello,
well the title pretty much says it all.
I had been getting BSODs always, but I knew how to 'control' them (since I newly installed 7, I just had to start my PC, and once Windows ran and I could login, I restarted it.. and everything worked fine.. no BSOD). However, this time, I just felt like giving it a try the first time (login in without the restart), and well, I shouldn't have.

I got a BSOD, which by then I thought was normal, but then when the PC restarted, at the black controllers-screen I get the message "A disk read error occurred - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".

This I couldn't avoid: if I restarted I got to the very same screen and so on; I've searched for help in other places (some mention changing the slave/master functions of the hard drive and so on.., but none work), so I come to you.

Please, I urgently need your help. Thank you in advance.
Chris

A:"A disk read error occurred - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Your hard drive has failed. Replace it.
Disk read error refers to the "hard disk".

Sorry.

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Hello
I have a Toshiba windows Xp professional 2001 Laptop

Before I got this error my computer was doing a shut down update. I forgot to plug the charger before I left to work and the screen said "please do not unplug or shut off computer" so I'm guessing my computer died before it could finish updating. I went home turned it on and got "a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart" restarted it and just keeps looping to that screen.

Spent hours searching the internet for a solution and nothing. So the only answer I could think of is factory reset it. Is there another way? Will it work? Please help

Thanks in advance

A:Will Factory Reset Fix "a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart"

If you have a Windows XP CD you can boot off of the that and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter this will try to repair any problems.
If you don't have an XP CD, you can download the ISO image for the Recovery Console: DOWNLOAD: Windows Recovery Console Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD in the troubled computer, and follow the above instructions.

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Wow,

So I did some work on this machine not too long ago. It had basically lost one hard drive in a raid 0 setup during a power surge, and this poor fellow lost all his data. I tried to talk him into upgrading to a third drive for future situations like this, but now not even two weeks later, when he boots, we get to a screen that says

a disk read error occurred
press ctrl alt del to restart

A browse through these wonderful forums is telling me that his hard drive, or at least the partition on 1 of the drives is toast, which would be disastrous at this point. So I am truly hoping for another solution. Yes the machine is running Raid 0. When I boot the machine I get to the intel boot agent screen with the option to enter the setup menu (this is not the bios, just a boot agent something or other where you can tell the machine to boot according to the bios ect) Following that, the screen goes blank, the super micro graphic screen comes up just briefly and then bam, this good old message appears, so there does not even appear to be a way to get into the bios.

I am desreate for advice... If I must resinstall windows, then so be it, but we are talking thousands of dollars worth of data, that would be lost. Please please help!
 

A:Raid 0, Boot prob, "A disk read error occurred" press ctrl alt del to restart

Try hitting del continuously when booting to see if you can get into the bios, then see what drives in the raid array are recognized.
 

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This is kinda long and I've fixed it, but could use your input.

So after waking up, my parents informed me that the computer was shutting down randomly. I turned it on and "a disk error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart " appeared. It's a Sata hard drive so I checked the cables to make sure they were plugged in correctly and they were, and then I tried connecting it to another computer with that computers cables and that didn't work either.

My parents not wanting to buy one online, decided to just go to bestbuy and buy one there, since we already had the Windows 7 Disk at home. I formatted it, partitioned it, and installed Windows 7 Home Premium on it and everything worked. I decided to connect the Hard drive that didn't work while the computer was still on, and it immediately started downloading the drivers it needed and up popped all the hard drive. I'm going to start transferring all the important things like music,videos and games, and after, all I can see are the following 3 things;

after getting all the data we want off it, should I reinstall windows to see if my other computer will recognize it (Even though it couldn't before), format it and just use it as extra data (though since it already couldn't boot up, the ability to keep data on it may fail in a couple of days/weeks) or just put it away and not use it at all.

What would you guys reccomend I do?

A:Hard Drive, "a disk error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart "

First get the data you need off it.

Then go to the mfr and get their HD testing utility and run it.

If it were me I wouldnt trust it. I have been burned before.

You certainly could use it for storage of, say one set of backups, for the chances of losing your OS HD, and that backup at the same time are nil.

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I'm lost. Honestly. I thought that there was nothing I couldn't do with the internet at hand, but this has completely stumped me. So, yeah...that's the message I get when I boot up. I've practically disassembled my PC to see what's up...visually speaking nothing looks wrong, it's all clean, everything's plugged into the right place, so that shouldn't be the problem. I can't access safe mode, it just won't let me, nor can I reinstall XP (it says "system is analysing your hardware" and then the screen goes blank and nothing happens). I've done diagnostics five times and apparently nothing's wrong. I don't care what happens to my files, there's nothing on there which I'm desperate to save, I just don't want to have wasted all of my money. Any help? I'm sure I can give hardware information if necessary.
 

A:"A Disc Read Error has Occurred. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to Restart"

You may have to Format your hrd drive and clear off the old installation of windows first.

You cant get to the area of installation that would allow you to do that. See if you can download from the hard drive manufacturer, who-ever that may be, thier hard disc maintenance tools. Such as Seatools for Seagate, or MaxBlast for Maxtor. Creating a bootable disc of which ever one youneed to use you should be able to partition and refomat the hard drive as these will boot with out attempting to boot from your hard drive. Also you can run a HDD test from the same disc telling you if you have a gone bad hard drive.
 

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After my Gateway LT280u loads the F2 and F12 screen a black screen Follows saying:
"A Disk Read Error Occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"
I have tried and tried again to get it to start.
Will take any advice to try to fix Computer problem
(It seems F8 doesn't work when pressed either)

A:"A Disk Read Error Occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Have a look at Option 2 in this tutorial, which explains how to run a disk check from a command prompt.

Disk Check

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Ok, a while ago, my PC worked fine until one day I booted and it was extremely slow loading all startup programs. Eventually it froze up completely and I was forced to restart. Every time I rebooted it would restart itself whilst the loading screen for windows came up, or get through to the login screen but have mouse disabled, OR actually select my login but only ever load my desktop picture after hours and nothing more.

I tried to use my windows disk but to no avail. There was a file error. Anyway somehow through the cmd I got it to check the disks etc and it worked fine after a blue screen which checked files in 3 steps (I forget how I got this).

Then once again after a couple of weeks I am on my computer when it suddenly lags badly, grinds to a halt and everything freezes. I am shortly after forced to restart it. This time however just before the windows loading screen bit it says

"A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".

Now once again I cannot run the windows disk due to the same error, (I will get the name if necessary.) Furthermore beforehand I was able to boot in safe mode (i.e press F8, select the boot device, then press F8 some more and then get the list of CMD, last known config, safe mode etc etc), whereas now, I get the error prior to this. As far as I can tell, all I can do is play with the BIOS on the computer, which I know a bit about but not enough to know a blatant error. Needless to say I have tried resetting to... Read more

A:"A disk read error occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Sounds like your Hard Drive might have died. Try making a Hard Drive diagnostic Boot Disc for your brand of HDD and try that. http://www.techsupportforum.com/f234...es-302602.html

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I have a problem that I was wondering whether anyone could help me with. : D

Here's the deal, I am a semi noob when it comes to computing in this sense and this is my situation:

My computer became seriously screwed yesterday and so I restarted it a couple of times by holding the power button - this then did something bad to fundamental parts of the computer. On boot up, my computer would hang at the POST screen just before detecting drives.

I read on the internet to unplug the CMOS battery and replace it. That worked, and the computer now recognizes that I have two 160GB HITACHI Deskstar Sata 2 hard drives, the computer also recognizes that they are in raid 0 configuration.

But when it comes down to booting from these HDDs it gives me the "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." error. It just tries to boot from CD, then if there are no CDs it tries the Hard disks and I get this error.

I also cannot boot from the XP install CD, it just says "Press any key to boot CD" and when I do it just gives me the disk read error again.

I have absolutely nothing on this computer so I don't have any data to lose, I can do whatever this end so even the most drastic things don't matter.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have to offer. : )



My system config is:
Motherboard : ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI
CPU : AMD Athlon X2 5000+ Dual Core
Graphics : Gainward Bliss 8800gtx
RAM : 2GB Corsair something or... Read more

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Dell Dimension E520. This is obviously a hardware problem as this error comes up as soon as the POST hands off to the hard disk.

On a cold boot, I get "Disk Read Error, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart your computer". Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del restarts the system and it always starts up and runs without incident after this point. Performance and everytng else is plenty acceptable and error free.

I have run Seatools on the Seagate hard disk and it passes all tests.

What is causing this error?

How can it be prevented?
 

A:"Disk Read Error, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart your computer"

The E5xx series has had numerous BIOS updates to fix things. Go here( http://support.dell.com/support/top...t_central?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=04&l=en&lnki=0&s=bsd ) type in your service tag number and add it to your favorites. In Downloads, see if there is a newer BIOS.
 

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I have a problem that I was wondering whether anyone could help me with. : D

Here's the deal, I am a semi noob when it comes to computing in this sense and this is my situation:

My computer became seriously screwed yesterday and so I restarted it a couple of times by holding the power button - this then did something bad to fundamental parts of the computer. On boot up, my computer would hang at the POST screen just before detecting drives.

I read on the internet to unplug the CMOS battery and replace it. That worked, and the computer now recognizes that I have two 160GB HITACHI Deskstar Sata 2 hard drives, the computer also recognizes that they are in raid 0 configuration.

But when it comes down to booting from these HDDs it gives me the "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." error. It just tries to boot from CD, then if there are no CDs it tries the Hard disks and I get this error.

I also cannot boot from the XP install CD, it just says "Press any key to boot CD" and when I do it just gives me the disk read error again.

I have absolutely nothing on this computer so I don't have any data to lose, I can do whatever this end so even the most drastic things don't matter.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have to offer. : )

My system config is:
Motherboard : ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI
CPU : AMD Athlon X2 5000+ Dual Core
Graphics : Gainward Bliss 8800gtx
RAM : 2GB Corsair something or other.
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I recently built a new PC, however I'm having a problem installing Windows XP onto my SATA drive. It works perfectly if I use an IDE, but this is what happens with SATA:
-Goes to the setup screen and puts on the necessary files.
-Asks me to format.
-Starts the 15 second restart timer, then restarts.
-I change the boot order to HDD first.
-It tells me "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" when it's supposed to continue with the installation.

I've tried the drivers that came with the motherboard and no-go. I've also tried with no drivers and it still gives me this error. One time, I believe it said something about "Boot", but it flashed on the screen too fast and restarted to see what it said.

EDIT: If I made a direct copy from an IDE drive onto this SATA one, is there a chance that might help? If there's a driver issue, it would have all the drivers needed on the Hard-Drive wouldn't it?

Motherboard: Asus A8N-VM CSM
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700 1MB L2 Cache
Case + Power: Antec Sonata II 450w PSU
RAM: Crucial Rendition 1GB PC3200 x 2
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATAII
GPU: Radeon 9600 XT AGP
 

A:Solved: SATA installation in XP = "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart"

Fixed it simply by making a clone of my IDE drive on my SATA drive :-].
 

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My currently using WD 80gb SATA HDD... I buy near half year d...
My pc recently always occur the error when booting...
"Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del to restart"
is it my HDD problem? or...

plz help... ty^^
 

A:Boot error "Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del"

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I have an Acer desktop purchased in 2011 and it has been working fine up until now. First it started freezing on its own, then i would get an error blue screen with a bunch of stuff written on it. Then I started getting disk error that with tell me to restart by pressing ctrl alt del but it would never work. So I decided to do complete system restore which stopped midway saying there was an I/O error. So I kept pressing ctrl alt delete when that messGe appeared and suddenly it started working fine. But after couple of days it started freezing Again and the ctrl alt del message has appeared up. I m totally lost!! Plse help

[email protected]
 

A:Acer Desktop "Disk error occurred please press crrl+alt+del to restart"

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So yesterday, my computer was in sleep mode, working fine. I was vacuuming my room and I blew a circuit, no biggie, happens all the time, so I turn off the vacuum and lights, went down to the fuse box, and flipped the switch back. I haven't tried to use my computer until I finished vacuuming. Once I finished, I sat down at my computer and turn it on.
Now normally, when I turn the computer on, it shows the motherboard screen, then goes to a black screen with white text which says "Verifying DMI Pool Data ............" at the bottom and then it goes to the windows start up screen. This time, after being stuck on the black and white screen for a while, under the "Verifying DMI Pool Data ............" It says "A disk read error occurred", "Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart". I though that was strange, so I did what it said, Ctrl+Alt+Delete and it restarted. Same message. I tried repeating this several times, nothing new is happening. I use the power button on my computer and shut it off, then turn it back on again. A different black and white screen showed up with an error message and said to press enter to continue. I pressed enter, nothing happens, so I shut off the computer and turn it back on.
Now it shows me the normal windows crash screen, where you can choose to start windows in safe mode or start it normally. I, not knowing what safe mode even meant, picked safe mode. Safe mode loads up, no issues that I could see, but I noticed t... Read more

A:"A disk read error occurred" and Safe Mode Issues

Ok, so it seems I have solved my own problem, but I'll leave the solution for anyone else who has this issue. I opened the start menu, typed MSCONFIG, pressed enter, and changed from "selective startup" to "normal startup." I restarted my computer and everything ran fine, and everything appears to be back to normal!

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Hi guys,

The IDE controller on my old motherboard kicked the bucket last week, so I've built a new computer. I have replaced my mobo, RAM, CPU, and graphics card, and have purchased a new OS. I've retained my old case, wireless card, hard disk and DVD writer.

The problem I'm having is that my system won't boot. It POSTs fine, recognises both the hard disk and the DVD writer, and Windows 7 64bit installation runs and completes without fault. However once Windows setup is complete, the system reboots, and when it tries to bood from the hard disk it give me:

a disk read error occurred. press ctrl+alt+delete to restart.Click to expand...

Ctrl+Alt+Del reboots but throws up the same error.

I've since tried the following...
Another IDE cable. No change.
Another brand new, packet-never-opened IDE cable. Still no change.
Thinking it might be my removable drive bay (I run my HDD in a removable bay so I can swap it out and setup a different OS without messing with my primary OS) I took the drive out and connected it directly. No change.
Tried it on 2 spare HDDs. Same error. I know all 3 drives were working fine last Monday. One of them was my primary drive in my old system, running Win7 RC1 until Tuesday when I formatted to go back to XP, as Win7 RC had commenced its 2hr shutdown cycle.
Tested the original Samsung drive with Samsung utilities, which report that there are no problems with the drive. Before I left for work this morning, started a low-leve... Read more

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I left my Dell Inspirion 600 laptop on over night and it died. Once I charged it and turned it back on the next day, I received this error upon starting windows...

Loading PBR for descriptior 2...done.

A disk read error occurred
Press CTRL+ALT+Del to restart

Is it possible my hard drive just crashed??

*Currently using my Dell Desktop PC to research info on this error

Thanks

A:Loading PBR for descriptor 2... done "A disk read error occurred"

hi, do you have a diagnostics partition on your inspiron, on mine I press F12 as the computer boots. If you do, run the extended test on the hard drive. At this point I should ask if your important files/pics etc are backed up as any test on a failing hard drive is intensive. You ask if your hard drive "just crashed", have you tried restarting to see if you have access.

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Hi, I hope someone here can help me. I have HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop that I've had for close to 4 years. These past 4-6 months I have been getting issues such as getting BSOD (usually unmountable_boot_volume) and excessive lagging/hanging while working. I was able to fix these with chkdsk and sfc since no virus was detected.

But last night I had to force it to shut down due to hanging again and restarted it up to get "A disk read error occurred. Press ctrl + alt +delete to restart" only to receive the same message again. It doesn't go far enough to do a chkdsk or sfc. I tried to see if I can run ubuntu off my flashdrive and even went to make it bootable but it just gets it own set of error that I don't really want to deal with. It would be great if I can just get into my HDD one last time. I've already know that its on its way to dying but had no idea how long. I've already saved most of my files except a few and just need get it to work once more to save them. Would really appreciate any help!

A:Need help saving HDD. BSOD and "A disk read error occurred"

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Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Greetings everyone.
Last Tuesday when I turned my computer on, I got the message “A disk read error occurred, press crtrl+alt+delete to restart”. Since then I have been searching online for a way to get my computer back up & running.
The specs of my computer:

Dell Inspiron 9100 Notebook
Windows XP Pro SP3
P4 @ 3.2 Ghz w/ Hyper Threading
1 gb Memory
160 gb Western Digital PATA/IDE HD
(Replaced original 80 gb HD in May 08 b/c too small)
Removable internal DVD/CD-RW drive (& a removable internal floppy disk)
Purchased in Oct. 04.

When I installed the new HD back in May, I used Apricorn EZ Gig II & the included HD enclosure to copy the contents of the old HD onto the new one.

I first ran the onboard Dell diagnostics; it did a full system scan (from the processor to the memory to the HD) it told me everything was fine.
I then ran the WD hard drive utility from a floppy disk. I ran both the quick & full tests and it told me there were no problems.

Since the HD seems to be alright, I’ve been wondering if something has corrupted the Master Boot Record. I do my best to keep my system in check; security-wise I run Norton 360 2.0 & Ad-Aware 2008 (there’s more I can do though, I know). I don’t think it could be malware, but who knows.

Anyways, I’ve tried booting from my Windows CD to get to the Recovery Console or do a repair installation, but things hit a snag. The drive spins up & I get a message telling me setup is preparing files, but then the scr... Read more

A:Windows XP "Disk Read Error Occurred" Problem, difficulty in resolving...

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So I was finally able to reinstall Windows 7 Pro x64 on my uMBP. Don't know what I did to the previous install, but it was extremely slow at booting which was unacceptable. I was able to reinstall it today and get everything installed. It performed like a champ. Was very satisfied with everything. UNTIL...

There were some files on my desktop that I couldn't delete. It said it was corrupt and unreadable or something like that. I don't remember how the files got there. Multiple reboots wouldn't help allow me to delete them. I also couldn't remove the files in Snow Leopard or Ubuntu, which was really annoying.

SO, I did some searching which led me to do a chkdsk (upon startup). It seemed to have deleted some files and whatnot while it was checking the index of files. It eventually got to 70% of stage 2 when it seemed to have just stopped. CPU usage was as high as possible (fans were out of control) and it was just sitting there on like file 260000 of 280000 (almost done...) for about 10 minutes.

I then did a hard reboot, and was prompted with this:
Yeah, not a pretty site. Did some more searching in Snow Leopard, and didn't find anything that would help (did startup repairs from the DVD, did various bootrec.exe commands, etc). People say that their drive may be failing, which isn't my case, because Ubuntu and SL work just fine.

So, are there ANY POSSIBLE IDEAS on how I could get this fixed? It's weird how a freaking chkdsk would cause this.

I can't even mount my W7 parti... Read more

A:[URGENT!] "Disk read error occurred"

Who moved this thread? I don't think it belongs here, since this problem happens right when the boot of Windows 7 begins... If this thread is moved, then a bunch of others should be moved as well.

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Hello

I have had this problem for few days, i tried everything i could think of.
I suddenly got the message:
"A disk read error occurred,
press Alt+ctr+Del To restart"

First, i restored the BIOS settings to default, didn't work.
then i changed the HDD's cable, didn't work either.
Then i connected the HDD to another PC, I seem to see my partitions but without the sizes, the system stops when i try to open on of them!
I also tried bad-sector scanning, but it stops half way through!

at last, i tried booting from Ubuntu CD while my HDD is connected, but it took some time booting. So i tried booting without connecting the HDD and after it booted i connected it, but i didn't see my partitions!

it's a 1 TB, wd10ears. with less than 50 GB free space!
I NEED the DATA ON IT! IT"S VERY IMPORTANT!

any solutions guys?

A:"A disk read error occurred" on wd10ears

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Hello

About 3 hours ago I installed Windows XP x86 on an empty partition. Before the install my partitions were like this:

C: Windows7
D: Empty NTFS Partition
E: Backups Partition

I've installed XP many times before and I've never had this happen, but when the install finished, suddenly my Backups was C and my Windows 7 partition was E, making Windows 7 refuse to start. I tried to go into XP and switch them back to their original letters using "Computer Management" or something similar under "Administrative Tools", and to do that I had to make the Windows 7 one "active" and switch the letters, but it still wouldn't start.
The Windows 7 install disk will sometimes detect something is wrong, but it's tried to repair it 3 or 4 times now and still the same thing: "A disk read error occurred, press Ctrl Alt Del to restart".

Would anyone be able to help me out?

A:"A disk read error occurred" After installing XP

But have you ever installed XP on a drive with W7 already installed ?
Did you make a disk image of W7 on your backup drive ?

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I have a Toshiba laptop that's about 3 years old with Windows XP. It has a weird, faulty lithium battery that would only hold a charge for a few minutes, but afterwards would start up with a message acknowledging that it was a faulty battery (hit F1 to continue). It was my mom's and she barely ever touched it because she couldn't get the touch-screen mouse to work with her nails.

I started using it about a month ago, for notes, music and a video game. It would be fine for hours, when suddenly everything would freeze up except the mouse, and I'd hear a whirring, chugging noise for a while. If I left it alone for maybe 30 minutes, everything would go back to normal. Today, I burned a music CD on it, and a few minutes later, everything froze except the mouse again. I left it alone for well over 3 HOURS and nothing changed, so I shut it down manually.

I turned it on again after it had cooled down, and it got stuck on the second screen (the one with the OS logo and the moving blue bar) for another hour, chugging and whirring all the while. I thought if I let it cool down further, I'd be ok, so I shut it down again, waited and rebooted. And now it won't start.

It flashes a screen with Toshiba Touchsmart briefly, then goes to a black screen with a blinking line for about five minutes, before announcing "A disk read error has occurred. Hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete to reboot."

I've got notes on there I need for a final on Friday! Please, someone... Read more

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Hello,

I encountered a problem and found a solution and just wanted to put it on the internet for posterity.

So I have a Samsung SSD 850 EVO. I'm actually running Vista 64 Ultimate but ran across a relevant thread about this seemingly hardware issue here, so....

I started with a fresh OS install on my new SSD, everything updated and working normally. I was formatting a seperate HDD using disk manager.

The computer was frozen (or maybe not and I was impatient and wanted to do something else) so I casually pressed the "reset" button

When the computer reboots, I get the "A disk read error occured Press ctl+alt+del to restart" message.

Pressing ctl+alt+del just reboots computer and the same screen comes up again.

I run the Vista repair utility on the install disk - no help. Importantly, however, the repair utility saw the Vista installation just fine (and after I ran it repeatedly it told me there were no errors). I tried doing a system restore, which it says ran successfully, but that did nothing to solve this problem.

I mess with bios settings, change disk settings from RAID (when I installed it was with an older raid drive in same SATA ports) to IDE, to ACHI - no help.

So before trying a fresh Vista install on the SSD out of desperation (before deciding SSD had gone bad), I decided to install vista on a different HD in a dual boot configuration with the intent to then attempt to view my SSD from within the second Vista installation and see... Read more

A:Samsung SSD - "A disk read error occured Press ctl alt del - SOLVED"

Did you run the RebuildBCD command including exporting the BCD to create a new one, from Step 5 of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start? That tutorial contains everything known to start the OS.

Rescue installs are interesting because of the access you get to the stranded OS and how in many cases they will configure a Dual Boot or allow you to do so with EasyBCD. Once you had your dual boot, what commands did you run exactly to remove the rescue install from it? It is likely the rescue install restored your SSD install's boot and if it was able configure a Dual Boot then I'd think RebuildBCD could have done the same.

The only reason we don't use it more as a troubleshooting method here is because it's a gambit that only sometimes works and since one has to reinstall the OS anyway, why not focus on doing a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 that 95% of users don't have anyway?

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Hey,
I should start by saying I am a total beginner with computers but anyway, yesterday my computer kept crashing at startup and I stupidly tried fixing it myself by restoring my computer to factory settings. However, now upon booting up im given the message "a disk read error occurred, press ctrl alt del to restart". I have tried restarting it ibviously many times with no success. Any help would be appreciated.

A:"A disk read error occurred"

Test your disk by booting from Partition Wizard bootable CD and perform a surface check.
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Hi To All,

I was given a Toshiba lap top that has "A Disk Read Error Occcured" when starting up the computer. It has a windows XP program. It came with a Product Recovery disc, but still reads the same error when using the disc during start up. Can anyone give me any info on how to solve this problem, or what steps I should take to repair this problem.

Thanks In Advance

Ed

A:"A Disk Read Error Occurred"

You will need a XP disk to boot from (not the recovery disk). When you have one boot from the CD and select "R" at the first prompt. This will take you to the recovery console. You will be asked which XP installation you want to log in to (usually 1) and for the password (press enter if you don't have one). At the prompt type (without quotes) "chkdsk c: /r" and press enter. Check disk will now start and examine the drive for errors (fixing any it finds). Once done remove the disk from the CD drive and reboot. If the error on the hard drive was not critical then Windows should start up. If not then use your Recovery CD to reinstall the system.

Remember - when you use the Recovery Disk everything on the hard drive (partition) will be erased!

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Hi, i post this because i didn't read anything similar to what is happening to me.

Days ago i notice Windows was working bad, programs like Photoshop "stop working" corrupted files, the folder "Program Files x64 disappeared, Windows get to much time to start. So i decide formatting the disk.

"A disk read error occurred"

Was the first that appears before restart to a fail try of install windows, because the installer doesn't recognized my HDD

"A disk read error ocurred, press CTRL+ALT+SUPR to restart."

Also appears, sometimes the BIOS or the Boot Menu doesn't recognized the HDD too, sometines the BIOS yes but doesn't the Boot Menu, żWTF? and sometimes i could and pass to windows but very slow; finally i could formatting and install windows.

It works fine for a few days, i could reset windows (installed drivers) without see any problems also enter really fast to windows, but then... files disappeared again, Firefox (one of the first program i installed) stop working... and when reset

"A disk read error occurred"

Appears every time, so its clear for my at that point whats happens, the HDD is dying, normally considering it 6 years old. and have 6 times formatted. a friend lent me his HDD older than mine (it work fine he said) so i plugged it, and turn on the pc but.

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device"

Appears, (it has installed already Windows... Read more

A:"A disk read error occurred"

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Hi, all -- I have Windows XP SP3 on an ancient 866 P2, 250GB master drive, 40GB slave...

Yesterday I suddenly got a "disk read error occurred" halfway through the boot sequence (right after the list of disks flashes on the screen).

There have been no prior signs of any imminent disk failure at all, nothing until this.

I can get into the recovery console with a bootable XP CD I made, and I can draw up the directory of disk C -- and it appears to be all there but something's amiss.

I've reseated all my cables and power supply cords to no avail. I cannot get into safe mode, the boot sequence doesn't get that far.

If I go into the BIOS setup and read the event log, I get the following:

Pre-Boot Error:
Memory Size Decrease
Single-bit ECC Error
Pre-Boot Error:
Floppy Drive 0 Error
Pre-Boot Error:
Floppy Drive 0 Error
Pre-Boot Error:
Floppy Drive 0 Error
Pre-Boot Error:
Floppy Drive 0 Error
Pre-Boot Error:
Keyboard Not Functional
Pre-Boot Error:
Floppy Drive 0 Error
Pre-Boot Error:
Floppy Drive 0 Error

This list goes on a bit with these two errors

Any idea what's wrong? What do I do next?
 

A:"A disk read error occurred..."

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Hello all,

My computer has been misbehaving and freezing for anywhere from 3 seconds to a couple minutes at random times lately, and earlier today it locked up to the point that it wouldn't respond to any input at all, so I forced it to shut down with the power button, and when I booted it back up it took 15 minutes to get past the splash screen, and when it did it was just a black screen with the words "A disk read error occurred" in the top left corner.

I searched the interwebs and found out that this usually doesn't mean my data has been lost, which filled me with hope. But after putting in my windows 7 disk and getting into command prompt through the repair options, to run chkdsk as my first attempt at a solution, I could not figure out a way to get it to scan the disk. It seemed to be running the chkdsk on my windows 7 cd. After rebooting the system and checking the bios, I found that my HDD was no longer being picked up, although if I do further system reboots, it will occasionally pick the HDD up again, but after restarting again to try and boot from the windows 7 disk to attempt some kind of repair, it no longer picks up the HDD.

Any ideas my friends? If there is any other information that you need, just ask and i'll find whatever I can.

A:"A disk read error occurred"

Hi I would suspect the HHD; if you can't run a chkdsk from command prompt. You could give seagate dos a try???
SeaTools for DOS | Seagate
http://knowledge.seagate.com/article...language=en_US

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Yeah... Well, I came to my computer and the screensaver was on, so I pressed the spacebar to make it go away and it just froze. After that I unplugged the thing and turned it back on. The sony Viao logo comes up, then the screen goes black and says "A disk read error occurred" and "Press ctrl+alt+del to restart. I press it and it restarts. Same thing, over and over. So now I'm on Ubuntu posting this... does anyone know what's wrong with my computer or how to fix it (I really don't want to reformat )?
 

A:"A disk read error occurred"

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

A:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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This is the error message but control alt delete doesn't restart it.
I hit F11 and it starts in Windows Vista(recovered). It will open up and I can do anything from there, but very very slow. I do not know how to get it to boot up properly.

I have run all hardware checks, everything passes,
Virus program is secure.
I can get into the Performance information and Tools and it shows critical status for Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance - Boot performance Monitoring. It also shows Error for Shutdown Performance.
If you could walk me thru the fix it would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:windows vista "a disk read error has occurred...press control alt delete to restart..

1)Disk read error could mean HDD beginning to fail (need to check the SMART data).

2) You're info on the errors isn't enough to go on - need more details on critical status & errors.

3) Can you do a system restore or have a BU image of the HDD that you can restore, from before the prob began?

I've seen that "type" error - maybe not verbatim, but for either when HDD is failing, or even a loose / bad HDD cable. Could check those are snug. Can unseat the cables & reseat them. If don't know what you're doing w/ the cables, either leave alone, or read up on how to BE CAREFUL working w/ the cables.

I've seen cables go bad for NO reason - no one touched them; just one day were "flaky."

You could break sockets on the mobo if get rough. Cables themselves are cheap.
 

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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.
 

A:Error message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter" on first build

The first thing to do would be to get a new data cable for the herd drive and see if that fixes it, they are nice and cheap nowadays.
 

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I was preparing my Dell Dimension 8400 for a clean installation of Windows XP Home Edition; I checked the Dell site for BIOS upgrades (as recommended) and downloaded an available upgrade. Problems began when I tried to change the boot sequence in order to boot from the cd.

PHP:




On bootup, the Dell logo screen appears and goes to a 'dos-like' screen advising: Floppy diskette seek failure, strike F1 key to continue or F2 to run Setup Utility'.
Neither of these keys have any effect and the computer does not respond. I have the required disks and have tried every combination I can think of.

Can any one offer some help?

Tevbev
 

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as described in the title when i boot my laptop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834117780R
i get the "disk read error -> press cntrl alt del to restart" message. I then tried to access the backup partition through f10 only to run into this error "status : 0xc00000e9 Info : an unexpected I/O error has occurred" it seems that it cant communicate with my hard drive.

I read a few other forum posts but didnt see anyone have the 0xc00000e9 error also. Bios boot priorities are in order if that matters.

Is there a fix without having to replace the entire HD and buy a new vista installation(preinstalled w/ no disc in the box).

Im very reluctant to take it to a service center as i can very likely fix it myself (with the help of the friendly people here of course), only problem is im having a little trouble..finding.. my HD in this damn notebook.. heh, ill figure that part out. new to notebook repair.

Thanks in advance. Danny

edit: found the HD, doesnt look like it even uses a cable, just plugs right into what i assume is the mb. dont know if that helps just supplying what i can.
 

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Heya! First time posting and I did look to see if there was anything on here to help before posting so be gentle.

I can fix just about anything on a computer software related. Hardware is another thing. Here’s my issue with my home PC…

My roommate gave me a couple sticks of 512 DDR to add to my 1gig I already had in there (also 2 sticks). The configuration I had was 1, 2blank, 3, 4blank. I added his to 2 and 4 and when I booted up it said I had a bad configuration so I took them out and booted normally with just mine and it said

Floppy diskette seek failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

I don’t have a floppy disk and I’ve disabled it from trying to startup in my Bios. It checks my SATA drive first, CD second and USB third when starting up now. Safemode is a no-go. When I boot normally it gets to the XP load screen and then blue screens out and jumps back to the “Floppy….” Error.

If any further information is needed please let me know and I'll be happy to supply. I did check all connections to make sure they were fastened even though I don't have a floppy. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance for any help!
 

A:"Floppy diskette seek failure" after changing RAM. Please help.

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Its me again........
I had my second laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

My problem occurs when I try to downgarde [clean installation] to Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit (using CD / DVD installation). This is what I do: -

1. Select "Custom (Advanced)"
2. Select "Particion 2 (Primary)"
3. Then it erorr at "expanding the Windows files". (I forget what the erorr) & told me to restart.

Then, Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart error appear.

Then what I do after that is, try to install the with my other version of Windows, the Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (this one using USB for Installation), I repeat the same way as above, and really surprised me everything went smoothly, no error.

If is the DVD ( Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit ) is main problem, but it when okay on my dad & bro pc & I just bought it 3 months ago.

This problem is not a new problem for me, but already this already thousands times this problem occurs when I try to make a "clean installation" on my first & second pc.

Plus, both are still consider a new laptop [1st laptop - 2009 & 2nd laptop 2011 ]

If you want to say that my DVD Player is the problem,it very strange to me because I've tried to install other programs like Avira and everything went smoothly except for a Windows installation DVD.

Usually , the installation went good on USB but always problem with DVD , although the DVD is a new one.....

If possible, I want to use ... Read more

A:"Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart" error and Clean installation Erorr

What do the drives look like when you try to start the install? I always prefer to have blank hard drives, and then use diskpart to partition the drive the way I want before letting Window's installer to continue.

On an unrelated note, what programs do you have that aren't compatible?

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When I searched this, Google came up with zero results. I have no idea what "EBIPO" is, and neither does the internet, apparently.

Two days ago, I was in the process of verifying Windows 7 (because I got the "windows 7 is not genuine" message) and then when I restarted as I was asked, that message came up and I haven't been able to get into the computer since.

I have tried booting directly from a Windows 7 disk, and the computer skips past it and returns to the message. I've tried putting a recovery .iso on a flashdrive and booting from that, and still, nothing. It will not boot from anything whatsoever, no matter what I put first, disable, enable, etc in the setup thing.

I have no idea what to do at this point, because I can't get into the computer for the life of me, and I can't lose the files I have on there. Not again. This computer was a gift from my grandparents, and not even three months later, I've somehow effed it up.

Please, if you could offer any advice or solutions to this, it'd be greatly appreciated. If there's any buttons I can press to manually start from the CD or flashdrive, that'd be helpful, too, considering it refuses to follow the boot sequence I've set up (CD/DVD > USB Flashdrive > Internal HDD... I previously only had CD/DVD on, and then I switched it to USB Flashdrive, and later Internal HDD, and neither one works).

Dell Latitude D530
Windows 7 Ultimate x32

I can't tell you any more than that, I'm sorry.

EDIT: I for... Read more

A:"EBIPOS is compressed, press ctrl+alt+del to restart" - Startup Error

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Vyce


When I searched this, Google came up with zero results. I have no idea what "EBIPO" is, and neither does the internet, apparently.

Two days ago, I was in the process of verifying Windows 7 (because I got the "windows 7 is not genuine" message) and then when I restarted as I was asked, that message came up and I haven't been able to get into the computer since.

I have tried booting directly from a Windows 7 disk, and the computer skips past it and returns to the message. I've tried putting a recovery .iso on a flashdrive and booting from that, and still, nothing. It will not boot from anything whatsoever, no matter what I put first, disable, enable, etc in the setup thing.

I have no idea what to do at this point, because I can't get into the computer for the life of me, and I can't lose the files I have on there. Not again. This computer was a gift from my grandparents, and not even three months later, I've somehow effed it up.

Please, if you could offer any advice or solutions to this, it'd be greatly appreciated. If there's any buttons I can press to manually start from the CD or flashdrive, that'd be helpful, too, considering it refuses to follow the boot sequence I've set up (CD/DVD > USB Flashdrive > Internal HDD... I previously only had CD/DVD on, and then I switched it to USB Flashdrive, and later Internal HDD, and neither one works).

Dell Latitude D530
Win... Read more

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

Here's what I found ou... Read more

A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.

Thanks!

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Hello, TSG!

Just yesterday I was using the computer normally until I got a Blue Screen. Getting a blue screen is usually something normal that occurs to my every so often, so I didn't mind it and rebooted the computer normally. However, I got two more blue screens within the next hour. The 3rd time rebooting, my computer starts to act strange as if it had a virus. Upon powering up the monitor would just display a black screen with two lines about something --- which I don't remember, sorry --- and stayed like that unless I plugged out the power cord or held on the power button to shut down. Then when after a few tries it boots and displays a message "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" (and the same message for Drives 2 and 3) show up. Also it asks me to continue loading by pressing the F1 Key.

When Windows loads the first time, it displays a message saying a bunch of hardware has just been installed and ready for use. Also, my internal clock resetted itself back to Monday, November 07, 2005 (Which, if I recall, is the date when I got the computer) and my speakers do not work.

TL;DR Version
3 blue screens within a short time
Floppy disk fail
Drivers 1-3 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1-3

Anyway, I browsed through Google but I haven't seen anyone with both problems. I disabled my Floppy Disk Drive and that message doesn't show up anymore, but the others do and my computer still isn't fixed. I ran a vir... Read more

A:Solved: "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found" problem

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Hello,
I just built this new computer (everything new) but when I start it up it gives me this message, and I cannot open my disc (probably not recognised?). Please help resolve this.
Btw. no operation system installed or so.

my computer:
CPU: intel i7 920
Motherboard: gigabyte GA-ex58-ud5
Sata-II hdd
+ cd writer is SATA as well

Could it be that I need to update my bios somehow? I highly doubt it's the hardware as it's all new
 

A:"disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" But CD-drive won't open

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Hello,
I really need your help. I have exams coming up soon so need to get back on my computer as soon as possible. I have a notebook with windows XP. The model is Compaq mini CQ10-400.

When I switch the notebook on it displays the "BOOTMGR IS MISSING"... message. I cannot get on my computer passed that screen, apart from when I press escape after pressing Ctrl, Alt, Del. It gives me 4 options ... " F1 system information, F2 system diagnostics, F9 boot device options, F10 BIOS setup."

There is no disc drive so what should I do, and what is the easiest way to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:"BOOTMGR IS MISSING""PRESS Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

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Hello,
I really need your help. I have exams coming up soon so need to get back on my computer as soon as possible. I have a notebook with windows XP. The model is Compaq mini CQ10-400.

When I switch the notebook on it displays the "BOOTMGR IS MISSING"... message. I cannot get on my computer passed that screen, apart from when I press escape after pressing Ctrl, Alt, Del. It gives me 4 options ... " F1 system information, F2 system diagnostics, F9 boot device options, F10 BIOS setup."

There is no disc drive so what should I do, and what is the easiest way to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:"BOOTMGR IS MISSING""PRESS Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

The only way to fix this is to use startup repair from the Windows XP CD.

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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.
 

A:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.
 

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Long story short, I had XP installed on a SATA drive that did (and still does) boot from a SATA port in "IDE Mode". I removed the drive and put it in a USB enclosure. I can access the drive & files just fine but can't boot XP. Instead, I get the following error:


Code:
"A disk read error has occurred.
Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart."
Is there a way to boot an existing installation of XP from a USB enclosure without reinstalling XP?

Long version: I upgraded to a SSD drive with Win7, but had to switch to "AHCI mode" to use it. I have six SATA-II ports, but can only set two to "IDE Mode". I have my old installation of Win7 on one and my BD optical drive on the other (allowing me to boot either). XP will NOT boot when plugged into an AHCI port, but will if I plug it into one of the two Sata/IDE ports.

For some inexplicable reason, connecting BOTH my XP and Win7 HDD's at the same time I'm using Win7 on my SSD causes the computer to bog-down every 30-60 seconds for two minutes at a time making the computer unusable (I never had this problem before the SSD). If I unplug EITHER HDD (Win7 or XP), the problem goes away. But my Win7-hdd drive is larger and I'm still migrating to the SSD, so I need that drive plugged into one of the SATA/IDE ports.

I removed the XP drive and put it into a USB enclosure. Problem solved (kinda). I can access all my files, but I can't boot XP (and I must switch off the driv... Read more

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I dont know if this is the right thread, but here goes.

I try to start my Dell Inspiron 5010 laptop and I get "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl Alt Del to recover"

Every page I've Googled about this error tells me my hard drive is shot and needs to be replaced. I'm in total denial so, can this really be? Have I lost all my data?

Does the hard drive need to be gutted and replaced?

Thanks.

A:"A Disc Read Error Has occurred" during Startup - Dell laptop

Hello there and welcome to the forums Doomdaddy!

If you want to be absolutely sure whether your drive is gutted/or still recoverable, try and pull it out of the laptop and place it into an external USB caddy/enclosure, and plug it into a working system to see whether the system can detect it or not...

You can also try to reseat the the drive in the laptop by taking it out and putting it back in again after a cold shutdown..

Hope that helps!

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So a couple days ago my PC began making a high pitch buzz. I turned the computer off and when I came home and tried to start it up the next day it wouldn't start. I decided that the power supply must have died and that perhaps it was the power supply fan that was making the noise (I recently replaced the case fan).

I bought a new power supply and installed it. But now when I try to boot up the computer I get an error message "Disk Read Error". It instructs me to press ctrl alt delete to try again. When I do that, it gives me a new error message "Error Loading OS".

The hard drive is only a couple of months old. My previous one died and I was able to clone the contents on to the brand new one and it has worked great ever since.

I am concerned that somehow the hard drive became corrupted or damaged when the power supply failed although I'm not quite sure how, but its the best explanation I can figure.

Any thoughts on next steps. Is there a process I can run that may repair the situation, assuming its not physical?

If not then I guess I need to figure out trying to get the content off and on to a new hard drive if possible.
 

A:"Disk Read Error" / "Error Loading OS"

What verison of Windows are you using? It sounds like you have a corrupt BOOT file for your Windows installation. This could very much be caused by the power supply dying. If it happened to be writing or using something with that file or near it, it could have corrupted it. If you have Windows 7, use the Windows 7 DVD and do the option for checking for problems. If you have a corrupt boot file, it will repair it (hopefully). You can download Windows 7 DVDs free online. The main thing that matters is your registration key for Windows. Do the Windows 7 repair option and see if that helps. If not then you might have to reinstall Windows 7. Don't format as you will lose all of your files. You can install a new Windows and it will keep all your old files. The bad thing is you will lose all your Windows settings and programs you installed will not work, you will have to resinstall them. But all of your files will be saved. Hopefully the repair option works first.....
 

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"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause:

1. Insert your windows installation disc... Blah blah blah"

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
Info:An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

Anyways this is giving me alot of stress..

My laptop came with windows 7 x64 on it but now this is happening, I have no windows 7 installation disc, I only have a copy of windows 7 that I had access to while a member of MSDNAA. Legal, but not a disc.

I do have a windows XP disc, yes, freaking old, but I need a solution, preferably free...

My hopes (I really don't know much so pardon my complete ignorance) were to load xp on my laptop with the disc, and upgrade using my windows 7 disc image (.iso) that is downloaded on a disc (not burnt to the disc). Maybe this is an extremely stupid idea. Anyways, I tried to load XP using the disc, which resulted in a blue screen....

Again. Any help will be so much appreciated...

I guess I should add that I do have a disc that I was pretty positive I did BURN the windows 7 .ISO to, but nothing at all happens to my laptop upon entering that disc.

A:"An error occurred while attempting to read the BCD."

Well, long story short, your boot manager is toast, and this could possibly indicate that the HDD is also toast, but one issue at a time. So what you really need is a Windows 7 install disc that you can use to run a recovery operation on.

You should be able to download the ISO for Windows 7 online, put it on a flash drive or DVD, and use it for what you need here. While strictly speaking it's a little in the legal gray area, given you have a legit Windows license, and you're just using this for a repair operation, I'd say you're pretty safe from having anyone coming after you.

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I am infected with this crap and have used the following tools to try to get rid of it:
Windows Defender, Unible PowerSuite (SpeedUpMyPC, Registry Booster & Spyware Protector) and Norton's One Button Checkup and WinDoctor.

Not sure if it's related, but my DISPLAY is locked at 640 X 480.

Atempted the 5 Step Process before posting and Panda ActiveScan froze and crashed after scanning 59253 files, but not before identifying 28 spyware files.

Here's my extra.txt log from Deckard's:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.
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-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 36%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 1277.95 MiB / 810.39 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 1516.89 MiB / 1165.44 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1930.88 MiB

A: is Removable (No Media)
C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 37.21 GiB total, 18.7 GiB free.
D: is CDROM (CDFS)

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - ST340014A - 37.25 GiB - 1 partition
\PARTITION0 - Unknown - 39.19 MiB
\PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 37.21 GiB - C:



-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------

AUOptions is scheduled... Read more

A:Netsky Worm-Popups-The Three Icons - "Error Cleaner" "Privacy Protector" "Spyware..."

Bump.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"

Hi,

Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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I had a fresh install of 7 and everything was working fine.
All of a sudden it starts randomly freezing and programs start responding.
I got KERNAL_PAGING_ERROR BSODs etc. and got a new disk, thinking it was that.
After cloning the new disk which didn't work, and produced loads of errors on chkdsk, I decided to do a clean install of 7.

I still keep getting "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter", and when it does boot, it freezes all the time and every time I click the start button, it basically crashed and is messed up.

Tried new SATA cable and ports. Any ideas?
 

A:Windows 7 freezing, "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter"

BIOS settings or Motherboard issues?

Have you checked with the manufacturer website for the Motherboard that you have the Windows 7 drivers?

Is your Windows 7 DVD a retail copy...or the pre release BETA....or dodgy(in which case problems might lie there)
 

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I tried formatting my hard drive using the provided software from the company I bought the computer from, but it did not install correctly. Now there is no Windows or any files of Windows showing up on my hard drive whatsoever.

Whenever I pop in the Windows CD to try and repair or re-install, I get an error that states "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue, any key to abort" and once I do, it seems like the Windows options are about to come up, but then it just shuts down my computer. Any thoughts or possible fixes? I'm not sure of the correct location for this thread so I put it here. Thanks in advance!

A:ERROR: "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue" then crash?

I'd try a bootable hard drive diagnostic that's available from the support website of the manufacturer of your hard drive. That'll let you know if the hard drive is failing and we can move on from there.

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just like the title says my HD crashed and i could not boot on the computer i put in a new HD and tried to boot it would not work. i would see the HP screen but then i would get the error. it is a 810a model and help would be extremely appreciated. and if you really know you can email me at <email removed>
 

A:Installed new HD now getting "disk boot error inset system disk & press enter"

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Hi! Thanks for helping!

Computer: AcerAcros 486 DX, 540MB HDD, 36MB ram, Win95, IE 4.0, Floppy Disk only, 56k modem.

I have had this computer - unused for 3 years - for 9 years. I want to give it to a boy who needs a computer but can't afford one. I got it out yesterday, set it up, did the maintenance on it, and it checked out great. No problems except it was losing time, so I just installed a new CMOS battery. Now it is keeping the correct time.

PROBLEM: Now when I boot up, after the RAM count, I get the following errors:

Diskette Drive Error
Diskette Drive Type Mismatch
Equipment Configuration Error

"Press F1 to continue or Ctrl-Alt-Esc to enter setup"

When I press F1, it loads Windows and everything works great but I will really appreciate your helping me fix this so that the computer will work properly.

Please tell me what to do!!

Thank you,

spaceman
 

A:[SOLVED] "Diskette Drive Error"

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When I try to access local drives in an RDP session from one Windows 7 Professional machine to another Windows 7 Professional machine the "net use u: \\tsclient\c" command receives:
"System error 87 has occurred."
"The parameter is incorrect."

When I try to access the same local drives in a RDP session with an Amazon cloud machine running Windows Server 2008 there is no problem, the net use succeeds. So I know the client machine is configured correctly. I am believe this was working on these same machines in Nov 2013. Coincidentally the Win 7 machines will no longer rdp if the server machine is on a Wifi network, only a cabled one. On Wifi, the RDP session fails to fully connect (it establishes a partial connection.) I can live without Wifi connections. It is probably irrelevant to the problem I'm trying to solve.

I have scoured the internet unsuccessfully for a solution.

Any suggestions?

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Greetings,

I am in desperate need for some assistance. My laptop recently has been giving this message before reaching the desktop: "A disk read error occurred. Press ctrl+alt+del to restart. I have tried restarting multiple times (including manually restarting), but I ended up receiving the same error. My operating system is Windows XP.

What can I do to approach this problem? I would be very grateful for any assistance.

~Trav.~
 

A:Solved: Desperate need for assistance for error message: "A disk read error occurred.

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I am working on a Dell (yuk) Dimension 2400. Here is some info.
BIOS, as best I can tell from the chip and Setup. SST 49LF004B (from chip) Ver. A05 (from setup.)
MOBO Intel D865gbf, or Foxconn LS-36, can't get part number from Dell (imagine that)
Chipset 845GV
CPU Celeron 2.4 Ghz

Basically, all I did was put the HDD and CD/DVD recorders from a Dimension 4600 in place of the existing hardware.
It took a few tries with the BIOS to get it to boot, but it booted and was working well.

Then my sis decided she wanted XP PRO instead of the XP Media Center. So I wiped the HDD with killdisk. And from there it all went South.

When I try to install XP PRO I get
Diskette drive 0 seek failureClick to expand...

I assumed it was looking for a non-existant floppy, so I went into BIOS and made sure that the floppy option was disabled and that CD/DVD was my first boot choice.

All my drives show up in setup. Bios also says "Floppy Drive(Not nstalled), and the Floppy is unchecked. Unfortunately I can't completely remove the Floppy from the boot list.

No beeps on startup, and all diagnostic lights are green. If I let it sit awhile I get
=======TRAP 0000000D - General Protection Fault=======Click to expand...

Among the several other things it says on the same screen are
errcode=2BD0 NoCy NoZr IntDis Down TrapDis.Click to expand...

This seems as if it should be easy, but I cant figure it out. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Not your typical "drive seek failure" issue

Well...DUH. Looked in BIOS again and checked Drive Config. Found Floppy, and changed it to "not installed"
 

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Yesterday, I recieved a new 80GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) for my Dell Optiplex GX280 SD. As soon as I recieved it I shutdown my computer and replaced my 40GB HDD with it; however, once I turned on my PC I got a black screen with a message that said: "Disk Error Press any key to restart". Everytime I hit Eneter (or any other button) I get the same message right underneath it. In order to restart my computer I have to press Ctrl/Alt/Delete.

Why am I getting this message? Is the Hard Drive damaged? Should I return it? Or am I doing something wrong? I tried to install a clean version of Windows XP but can't because my computer doesn't boot up.

Any suggestions?
 

A:"Disk Error Press any key to restart"

Have you made sure that the computer is not trying to boot off the hard drive?
Check in the BIOS to make sure its set to booting off the CD.

I'm assuming that you haven't managed to install XP on it however, as it will be a blank disk and have nothing to read.

Hope this helps
 

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This error happens every time I try to boot my PC.

First sign of something going wrong was the wireless internet not connecting to any network, after rigorously scanning fr viruses there was a trojan my anti-virus software could not get rid of. Occasionally, my system starts up if I'm lucky, but having this problem I have left my PC off for quite some time, came back to it today and it turned on fine although being very slow. Also, when the computer starts it makes a little beep noise but being on the desktop it kept repeating the noise over and over as if it was stuck in a loop, then after around 5 minutes the blue screen error message came up, after this it just keeps displaying the disc boot failure message.

I have no idea how to fix this as I am no computer boffin, any help would be highly appreciated!

Thanks, Sam.

p.s im using a different computer to the one im trying to fix if this isnt already obvious
 

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disc and press Enter"

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Hello everyone, been lurking for a while, but first time posting because I could use some help. I tried looking through other threads, but nothing seemed to help. I was downloading a game off of Steam, and my family computer just crashed. It apparently restarted itself, and presented that disk boot error message. Tried restarting again using ctrl+alt+del, and same situation occurs. I go into the BIOS screen, and try to use the auto detect to identify the drive, but it is not identified. All of the cables are working correctly, as I plugged a different drive into them and that drive booted fine. Btw, the hard drive is a western digital 5000AAKS.

I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 2412 MHz, 2 gb of ram, Windows Vista Home Basic. Its a Compaq SR5110NX. I'm not overclocking it or anything, just downloading a game, and then this happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Another "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" thread

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Hello,

1) At boot up, my computer will prompt with the "Windows - No Disk" error message. I try to cancel each time and usually by the the third cancel it finally goes away.

2) Internet Explorer 6 will freeze with the "hungapp" error message. I have to do a CTRL+ ALT+ DEL to close. This happens quite frequently and just about makes IE 6 unusable.

Any ideas as to what can be causing this? Below is my HijackThis log:
=====================================
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 22:11:43, on 1/20/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\ISafe.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin Bulldog Plus\upsd.exe
C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4\WinVNC4.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\VetMsg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\Dit.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X1100 Series\lxbkbmgr.exe
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A:Windows "No Disk" error at boot and "hungapp" error with IE 6

Click Run, type in msconfig, click OK, click Startup tab find dit.exe and uncheck it, click apply and reboot system. This worked for me with "No Disk" problem
 

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Pretty much what happened is that my powersupply got messed up one day and just turned off my computer and I couldn't boot it back up. I ordered a new PSU and I installed it but now when I boot my computer I'm getting "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". I've tried putting in the installation disc and using the recovery options but my OS isn't listed/found and if I click load drivers I can clearly see both of my hard drives. I have already checked boot options as well. I was also using GRUB before this all happened as well because I installed ubuntu as a dualboot. Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Boot the free PW bootable disc - ( make sure NUM LOCK is on when it asks about screen resolution, then press 1, then Enter)

See what it says.

Free Download Partition Wizard

I assume both HD's are recognized by BIOS?

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New build computer, spec is as follows;

Biostar GF 7050-M2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 4400 Processor
4 GB RAM
1 IDE 250GB Maxtor HD
1 IDE 200GB Maxtor HD
1 SATA Samsung 20x Dual Layer DVD-RW

Now I have assembled everything to the best of my knowledge correctly, I can boot the computer to BIOS without any problm whatsoever.

The problem is when I either try to load the motherboard driver disc, or my Windows XP disc I get this message;

"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter",
I have tried setting my disc drive to first boot device, I have even unplugged my two HDs as well, but to no avail.

My last hope is my USB flash drive, onto which I have copied the software from my motherboard driver disc.

Dores anyone have any suggestions as to how I fix this?, I will be very grateful to anyon that can give me some form of help,

thanks.
 

A:"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter"

Is there an OS already installed on the drive you are trying to boot from?
 

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Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

Hi i have a self built Quad Phenom 9850 XP Home ed PC that wont boot, i will say now i am very much a newbie to this so sorry in advance.

When i turn it on there is a very long wait at the set-up screen (an s-series gigabyte M750SLI-DS4 board ) and when it gets to boot screen it builds the DMI pool, tell me there is a data change and to update new data to DMI! and then goes to boot, only giving me this instead "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

I have not yet managed to get the computer working, the thing that gets to me the most is that less than 12 hours ago i was sat on the computer with it working fine and no errors..

AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHZ
Gigabyte S-series M750SLI-DS4 board
4 GB RAM
Seagate 1TB HARD DRIVE.

There is alot to loose on this computer so i am very much hoping this wont be the case, Thank you in advance.

James
 

A:Disk Boot Failure. "Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

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Hi,

I'm currently running on a m2n32-SLI Deluxe WIFI edition with a 320GB maxtor harddrive. Previously, I had my set up like this: One SATA from maxtor to the mobo, one IDE cable with my cd drive, as master, and my old HD(30 GB w/ my documents) as slave. It was running fine with Vista on the maxtor. However, I wanted to remove the old HD and place a new CD-drive in. I did so, and I received the above error message.

I took out the the new CD-drive and switched back to my old connection, and it worked great.

Then, I had the 320 GB connected, and the old cd-drive to the IDE. I get the error message. I've tried every single possible combination of jumper settings and replaced the IDE cables.

What do I need to do to get this to work, before I throw my computer out the window?
 

A:"Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

Windows has detected the change as an attempt at piracy. You will now have to reinstall Windows in repair mode, then talk to Microsoft over the phone to get it re-established.
This is common with OEM versions of Windows. Windows will detect any change in the hardware, other than memory, as a possible attempt to bypass the Windows Install parameters... it thinks the computer has been changed.
You might want to do a thorough search of the www.microsoft.com knowlege base.
 

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System disk needed to access IBM 486 SLC2-V1/387;
66 mhz cpu clock; 640k base memory;7296k extended
memory; 5.25 & 3.5 disk system.
 

A:"Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter."

Welcome to TSG

Which version of Windows are you using (win95)? Always make sure there is no floppy accidently left in the drive. Did this message just start one day or did it begin after some problem you had?
 

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Hi,

My cousin recently made me a computer and he sent it all the way here from the United States. I was eager to try it out and hooked it up to my monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc. I did not plug in any additional USB devices.

When I boot up the computer it gives me "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".

I couldn't get past this (I don't have the Windows XP disk), and so I restarted the computer and pressed 'Del' to get into the (I think it's called BIOS menu? Not sure, the blue screen thing), I looked at the boot up priorities and moved Hard Disk to one priority level above Disk boot, however this made no difference.

I am good with the computers but not when it comes to hardware and things like this. So PLEASE if you use a term I may be unfamiliar with please explain what it is. I am very frustrated and disappointed that this does not work.

Thank you very much,

Hato
 

A:"Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Welcome to TSG!!

I'm guessing that, perhaps, a cable has come loose during shipping. Open the computer's case and look around. Usually the hard drive is mounted toward the front of the system. It's a device about 3.5" wide by 5" long and about an inch thick. There should be two cables plugged into the back end, one of which comes from the power supply, the other should be plugged into the motherboard.
 

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When I attempt to copy my OEM release of Windows XP Pro, I get "There has been a read error" and goes on to say that iot may affect the new CD. When I tell it not to continue, it gives me an error that the CD is copyrighted.

I can copy the CD just fine with Easy CD Creator.

Anyone have any enlightening comments about this?
 

A:Nero: "There has been a read error" also "The CD is Copyrighted"

I see the copyrighted message occasionally with Nero, though it doesn't affect the copy. I've copied XP disks before with no issues. I'd suspect that it's something about your installation of Nero, or it just doesn't like your CD-RW drive.
 

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When setting up a win2k pro system, I accidentally swapped the mouse and the keyboard. Seems harmless enough. When it booted up everything seemed fine, I was in win2k desktop. I realized that the mouse and keyboard were switched. I tapped a key on the keyboard, and win2k crashed into a black screen with a blinking cursor. I switched the cables, rebooted and now I get the following error "disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart" and I am unable to get any further. The bios seems to be autosensing the drive just fine. This is an NTFS drive. Any thoughts?
 

A:"disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart

Try booting the system to the "Recovery Console" and run chkdsk!

the full syntax you want to type is "chkdsk /r" (without quotes)

When chkdsk completes, you should be good to go!
 

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I had blue screen error ( kernal data in page) whic i try sorted by running chkdsk n memory device test and result was both HDD and RAM are fine and has no errors and faults. after few days i am now receiving this error right after dell bios loaded " error disk reading press alt ctrl del to restart" but on restarting it doesnot respond back. what to do ? I am using inspiron dell core i3 with windows 8.1. please help
 

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Okay so after recording my podcast the other day I left my track in Audacity open... yesterday I went to export it and Audacity crashed, over and over again!

So I rebooted and as my laptop was starting up again I got an error message saying "A disk read error occured, press alt+ctrl+del to restart." Unfortunately, this just takes me on an endless loop.

I can format the HDD and start afresh but there is so much stuff I need to get off the HDD that I CANNOT format, yet.

I have an Internal HDD enclosure to use with USB 2.0, but it says that I need to format the hard disk before opening it in My Computer on my Dad's laptop.

I need to get EVERYTHING off it, including Holiday photo's, Steam Games, and movies!

I have found 2 programs; Recuva (http://www.piriform.com/recuva ) and TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk ). Would either of these programs be able to recover any lost data should I choose to go through the re-partition/restore process?

My laptop is an Asus N55SF.

Please help me ASAP!

I probably should mention that I cannot boot into Safe Mode... I just get a black screen
 

A:Laptop has a "Disk Read Error" Urgent help needed ASAP!

Depends on exactly what has happened with the drive. In any case, it can't hurt to try the software and see if it works.
 

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Would greatly appreciate some help trying to create a bootable system on my 16GB USB stick. Here's what I did:

In Diskpart:
clean to wipe the USB stick clean
create partition primary offset=32 align=32 to create a fresh partition starting at sector 64 (rather than 63)
active to make it bootable
Next, I formatted it as NTFS with a 32KB cluster size. I then used
bootsect /nt60 U: /mbr
(where U: is my USB stick) to write boot code compatible with Vista/7's bootmgr.

I extracted the contents of a known working WinPE .iso image to the USB stick which placed a bootmgr and Boot\BCD in its root.

After restarting my computer, USB stick (which is set to #1 in BIOS boot order) is briefly accessed but almost immediately the message Disk read error. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to reboot appears.

Did I miss a step, or what did I do wrong? Could the partition offset or cluster size be the reason?

Please note, I want to do the process manually and don't want to use tools like the HP USB format tool or anything like that, because they'll invariably place the partition at sector 63 which I'm trying to avoid for performance reasons.

Thanks in advance!

A:Made bootable USB but getting "Disk read error" at boot time, why?

Try method two in this tutorial:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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I was copying (cut and paste) data from one external hard drive (a 250 GB IDE Maxtor in a Adaptec USB enclosure) to another external (a 400 GB IDE Samsung in a Roswill USB enclosure). During the move. During this move, my Thinkpad T43p encountered a NMI Parity error, to which I'm still unsure what caused it, though I think it may have been my Dock II screwing stuff up. I did memtest 10 times over and my memory passed, so I am assuming its my Dock II. ANYWAYS...

So the NMI Parity error was a blue screen, and I restarted the computer. After the restart I noticed the Maxtor external hard drive was missing from my drive list, and in disk management it show as an uninitialized disk.

Okay, no biggie, I've dealt with this before. I tried using GetDataBack for NTFS, that failed to recover. Also failed were Active Partition recovery, Data Doctor Recovery, File Recovery, Restorer 2000, TestDisk, and ZAR.

I'm guessing my Master File Table is trashed and I can't recover it.

Does anyone have any ideas?
 

A:"Hard Drive Catastrophic Failure" or "The night is darkest before dawn"

Zar should have recovered it (if the data is recoverable)
Also (you may already realize this now) in future Copy and paste

More recovery tools here
 

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My laptop needed a reformat so I inserted the disc and began the reformat like always. After the drive was formatted and then rebooted windows prompted me with a message "disk read error" ctrl+alt+delete to restart. I also tried this with 2 other OS discs i had for other computers. I checked making sure it was booting from hdd rather than the cd and still same error occurred. What would cause this error? Thanks in advance for your help.

A:after reformat computer displays "disk read error"

please help

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Hi, I have a very frustrating problem. One day I was playing a game and then my cp BSOD (it?s OC?d so I wasn?t too alarmed). Then I went to boot back up and all I got was a blinking cursor. No msg, no text, NOTHING! Well I looked around on the internet and though a combination of windows startup repair and bootrec, bootsec, diskpart and chkdsk I was able to get it to where now all it will say is ?Disk Read Error, press ctrl+alt+del to restart?. Of course pressing that does nothing. The weird thing is that I know the drive is good, I can read all the data off of it just fine. I don?t think it?s going out as it?s an 80gb intel ssd in a desktop with very good airflow, no issues there. Then when I try to go through windows startup repair it says no problems, clearly lying. Another weird thing is that when I first go to recovery options it will detect my os just fine, but then I run bootrec /scanos and it comes up with a BIG, FAT NOTHING!! I?ve been at this for about 8 hours on and off and I?m at my wits end. Any suggestions or tips are greatly appreciated! I really, really want to avoid formatting and re-installing because I very much want to not have to go through the huge hassle of re-installing EVERYTHING!! And even more so because I know the drive and data are good!
Thanks in advance guys J

A:Repeated "Disk Read Error" messages for no reason!

Anyone?

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Ok.. So i know i should not have tried it but i did.

Basically i was trying to install a version of windows xp on a vista computer. I first partitioned my drive using the computer management tool on vista and loaded up the xp cd to install on that partition. After installing it tried to reboot and now my computer wont boot up at all i get a "disk reads error" press ctrl alt delete.

I have tried recovering it from the recovery cd, but i cant seem to get it working, i really dont want to reset it to the original condition because i have things on there that i would really like to keep.

Anyway.. if you could help me it would GREATLY be appreciated.

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Hello,

I am a new member. I've made a post in the Introductions thread--feel free to read.

I am attempting to fix a Lenovo laptop with a "disk read error, please restart" message.
I attempted to boot from USB to reformat/re-install Windows 7 Ultimate, but after the "windows is loading files" message and logo appears, a black screen displays with a white mouse arrow indefinitely. The laptop specs are as follows (do excuse any unnecessary information listed, I just copied down what information BIOS told me):

Product name: Lenovo 3000 G530
Serial Number: EB17892070
CPU type: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU t4400
CPU speed: 2.20 GHz
BIOS version: 0CCN58WW (V1.24)
Total memory: 2048MB

I'd appreciate any help. Feel free to instant message me. I am eager to learn about computers and work on this first project.

-Revy

A:"Disk Read Error, Please Restart" on Lenovo Laptop

Seems you might have a failing hard drive. From another PC.
Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The make and model of your hard drive, Seagate, Maxtor, Drive Fitness which is Hitachi, Or Western Digital. Perform a short and long test. Could also be called "Standard" and "Extended" test or also "Comprehensive" test. The Seagate hard drive test will work on most drives.
The forum rules does not let any one use private messages for troubleshooting purposes. The reason for this is because people whom visit the forum may have similar problems as you do. They can not find similar solutions if they are in private messages.

Forum Rules.

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My laptop needed a reformat so I inserted the disc and began the reformat like always. After the drive was formatted and then rebooted windows prompted me with a message "disk read error" ctrl+alt+delete to restart. I also tried this with 2 other OS discs i had for other computers. I checked making sure it was booting from hdd rather than the cd and still same error occurred. What would cause this error? Thanks in advance for your help.
 

A:After reformat computer displays "disk read error"

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So something happened to my Windows 7 partition this morning, I got a random BSOD while working and now Windows won't post. Instead I'm greeting with this:





Quote:
A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart


If I boot from my Windows 7 DVD and attempt a startup repair, it does not recognize any windows installation so it doesn't really do anything when I attempt the startup repair. All it says is:





Quote:
Root cause found: System volume on disk is corrupt.
Repair action: File system repair (chkdsk)
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0


When I go to command prompt, I cannot access my C:\ partition at all. I can however access my D:\ partition from the same hard drive which has all my data.

I've tried some bootrec commands, but it didn't seem to fix it. I've used Diskpart to make the C:\ partition active. Diskpart can still see the C:\ partition, but I can't seem to get access to the partition.

Worst case scenario, I could format the C:\ partition and make a clean install. I may have to because previously my windows install wasn't running so well. However I'd really like to be able to access the C:\ partition first to backup my settings and programs. Really hoping someone here could offer some helpful suggestions. Thanks very much!

A:"Disk read error", cannot boot Win7 partition

Here's some more info. When I go to command prompt from the Windows DVD and run the command bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force, for the C:\ drive it says:





Quote:
Could not open the volume root directory:
The parameter is incorrect


When I try to access the C:\ drive from the command prompt, it says "The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable"

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I'm trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium on an old underpowered Dell Dimension XPS T700r with a P3 chip running at 700 MHz, 768 Mb Ram, and an old ATI Rage Pro 128 display adapter. It runs XP Pro just fine.

All seems to be going well as Setup copies and expands files until the first reboot, when I receive "Disk Read Error, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart". This occurs using several different hard drives of sufficient capacity. It also occurs when I try the installation from a flash drive after mounting the Windows 7 ISO on Virtual Clone Drive from within XP. I've tried to install Windows 7 Starter but it, too, chokes at precisely the same point. I've tried all this on an similar machine with comparable but different components. Same result with all these attempts.

I know I'm try to push the envelope in a downward direction here; Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor issues the standard warnings on processor speed, ram, and display adapter, advising that any installation will be sluggish and that the graphics adapter will not support Aero. But I'd like to see how sluggish.

Any ideas out there as to why this install is choking where it does?

Thanks.

A:Installation's first reboot elicits "Disk Read Error"

Swap out the optical drive.

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Hi guys,

A computer at work has given us a "read disk error" when booted up.

I was not at the computer at the time, but have come in the day after to fix the issue.

Now....

I boot it up and it works fine. I restarted multiple times, and shut it down and booted it up again and works fine.

What could be the issue here?

Also, if I where to back it up, how would I go about copy everything to a new hdd, and have everything exactly the same.

Thanks in Advance

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Hello, registered to get some help with setting up a desktop PC, seven forums seems like good place to start ;]

I've made a bootable USB Win7 x86 installation stick using Rufus, following the instructions to the letter and the PC gave me "A disk read error occured" on boot. I formatted it in NTFS, 4096 bytes allocation unit size, and i'm having doubts if this is the correct way to do it. I've repeated the process with Yumi USB Creator, and the speed at which it was copying the files was rather slow - around 3000 KB/s.

Now i've successfuly booted the USB, but when i start the installation, te Windows Boot Manager gives me this: imgur: the simple image sharer

My main question is, am i doing something wrong with how i prepare the USB (do i need to format it again in a different way?), or is it something with how the PC is set up in BIOS (it does see the stick, just doesn't want to boot)? It's a relatively old machine i built for the household from parts i scrounged up from my attic, specs are in my profile.

Thanks in advance,
Aeqvinox

A:Win7 bootable USB "A Disk Read Error Ocurred"

If it's not UEFI BIOS then I'd use the latest official ISO and download tool in Clean Reinstall Windows 7
then stick with those steps to get and keep a perfect install.

For any further problem Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have a Maxtor HDD which has recently given me "disk read error" whenever i boot up. It then tells me to press ctrl+alt+del but repeats the cycle. Recently i plugged in an old quantum HDD (running on win98) which had some problems as a slave with my Maxtor as the master. I got into WinXP and used the Admin tools to reformat the old quantum HDD. Now the quantum HDD is running but my Maxtor isnt! Before formating the Quantum i had some issues figuring out which jumpers settings were master, slave and cs so i turned the power off quite a few times w/out shutting down properly. i only did this when the Quantum was in master setting tho.
I tried setting up the Maxtor as a slave on another computer but i still get "disk read error".
Whats happened to my Maxtor HD? Is it a windows version problem cos of the 2 HDs having diffrent OS's? Is there a way to get all my data back from the Maxtor like a recovery program. I heard of one called GetDataBack but im not too confident it will help.
Does anybody have any suggestions for recovery programs or has anybody had this problem before?
Thanks
 

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So, I was reinstalling Vista, from a folder on my PC. The folder is on Z:\, and I'm installing to C:\. I installed previously from XP to Vista the same way. This time, I got a disk read error on reboot. chkdsk found a problem, I used /r and let it work. Still got the error. Booted to my Ubuntu drive and opened GParted, where it shows a warning saying it's unable to detect file system, etc.

I'd just like to get some of my files off my C:\ drive, but I am unable to see it from Computer, though I can see the other partition on the same drive. Any tips?

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I have reinstalled win XP pro 4 times going into the fifth because of the above error. It is such a pain to install then update windows from scratch, etc. The problem comes from display adapters. The freshly installed windows has the vga adapter with a exclamation mark ( ! ):

1. If I right click on it, it says that the device does not work. Uninstalling then reinstalling it doesn't fix it; If I update its driver, it changes to radeon HD 4870 X2 adapter. And if I reboot the computer, I get the error " disk read error occurred, press ctrl+alt+delete to reboot ". This error cannot be fixed as far as I know.

2. If I tried to install the driver for the radeon adapter, either through windows update or the installer from AMD, windows will turn black during installation. This also cause the same error.

So any advice from more experienced windows users is much appreciated.
 

A:a disk read error occurred, press ctrl+alt+del

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Less than one month after I made a fresh installation of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, I got this "looping" situation:

1. The boot process starts and goes normally until...
2. There comes this black screen that reads: A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

Then it goes ad infinitum...

What can be wrong?

A:A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del...

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Paultx


Less than one month after I made a fresh installation of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, I got this "looping" situation:

1. The boot process starts and goes normally until...
2. There comes this black screen that reads: A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

Then it goes ad infinitum...

What can be wrong?


Hi Paul

Sounds like your HD has f ailed. You can go to the mfr of your HD and download their diagnostic tool

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Hi.
I sometimes get the "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press Enter" error message when booting, but if I unplug my Logitech PS2 keyboard it boots up as if nothing was ever wrong. I can then usually plug the keyboard in as I reboot the PC and it works fine.
But there is obviously something wrong here! It's as if the fact that the keyboard is attached to the PC makes the PC think that there is no hard disk in the PC.
There are no flags in Device Manager and everything is identified correctly, as far as I can tell.
Anyone have any idea what the cause of this strange error message is?

I'm running XP SP2, and it's a Seagate 320 gig HD.

Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks for reading this, and if you need more info, just ask.
 

A:"Disk boot failure" error cured by unplugging keyboard!

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Hi!
I got a new PC tonight, custom-built (from eBay) and I've been attempting to install Vista Home Premium x64 for the last 4 hours!

It supposedly had Vista pre-installed and was "ready to run" but the seller was obviously a liar. Because when I turn it on, this is what happens:

- a 'Biostar T-series' visual appears on the screen for a second (I don't know what that is)
- it then goes to a command screen with 'Hardware Monitor' and lots of CPU details

it then says:

Verifying DMI Pool Data ........
Boot from CD:
Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.....
A disk read error occurred
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

If I do press a key before the disk read error message appears it does bring me to the Vista installation screen. It then does install Vista, but when it gets to the point where the system needs to reboot, it just brings me back to the same command screen again.

I've tried to format the hard drive, and even attempted the system repair method (it found no problems with the system startup apparently). After I do the system repair process, instead of "A disk read error occurred", I get "BOOTMGR missing" instead, whatever that means.

At present, the computer is unusable, and I'm kinda pissed off cause I've wasted a whole night on this and will probably do the same tomorrow.

Any help would seriously be appreciated - thanks.
 

A:x64 Installation problem - "disk read error"

Remove the DVD so the machine boots from the hard drive on the first reboot during installation. Or set the BIOS to boot from CD first and hard drive second.
 

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