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Hard disk is failing? Error message"File record segment is unreadable"

Q: Hard disk is failing? Error message"File record segment is unreadable"

Yesterday when I switch on my computer, it automatic diskcheck on my E disk. I have 3 HDD, which is C: (My main partition, installed Windows on this HDD), D: is for all my game files (Installed games) and E: is for all my music, movies, game installer, software etc.

So back to the point, when I switch on my computer, and get to the "Windows is Starting", and it stuck right there for about 5-10 minutes. Firstly, I have no patient so I restated the computer, and second or third time also have the same problem. So I choose to wait patiently, after 5-10 minutes, it have a black screen for about 1 to a few minutes, then it started the disk check on my E drive.

Once the process started ( I have total 234240 file record as shown on the disk check ) and continue to file record 800, it started to give me message stated "File record segment 800 is unreadable, File record segment 801 is unreadable" and so on, and sometimes it continue to go smoothly without the message, but not long or sooner it will appear again. Almost the whole process I get these message which worried me, and I wonder if my hard disk is failing badly and unable to recover.
It continues to finish the process and attempt to fix the bad sector. And after that it successfully log onto Windows, so I can use it normally again.

But I notice my E: HDD cannot access and the "My Computer" screen is loading very slow, and sometimes goes unrespond. One thing very weird is that after I few hours I log on to Windows, it pop up a message saying "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Drive". Then I choose to scan and fix it, and it goes the same process which scanning the file record and everything, and it fixes some bad sector.

I done two things with the statement I said on top (Red colour word), first, I did not run the scanning and fixing and continue to use my Windows, the second attempt was I do the scanning and fixing.

When everything is done, I can see that "My Computer" runs is a little bit faster when I double click on "My Computer", but it doesn't remains long. After I few test or trying to access to the E: HDD, everything back to the same problem again. I cannot access the HDD again....

So what should I do about it?
I haven't restarted my PC for now when I posted this post, because I still want to use my computer, so I'm waiting for reply. I hope you guys can help me out.

Here is my computer spec:

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M
BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/05/10 19:13:52 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

If I miss out any information, please inform me, and sorry for the long story, take your time to understand my situation. Thank you

A: Hard disk is failing? Error message"File record segment is unreadable"

The "File record segment xxx is unreadable" error is an indication of failing hard drive. You should backup the data from this drive before it's too late.

Next, run some diagnostic testing on the failing hard drive; most HDD manufacturers have the diagnostic software available from their website. Software from Seagate will work with most brand.

If this drive would be mine, I'd just get a new one, the drive certainly will not get better...

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Hi everybody,

The title says it all. My dad was using the computer to watch some videos online when Mozilla Firefox froze. Then I tried to get into the task manager using Ctrl+Alt+Del and that wouldn't work. Tried right clicking the taskbar and going into task manager and that didn't work either. So I just shoved the power button to turn off the computer, and turned it back on. It hung on the "Starting Windows" screen for a while, then it launched into check disk. It scanned for a bit, then said "File record segment 2xxx is unreadable" and it kept going until about 58%, then it just kept giving "File record segment 3xxxx is unreadable" and kept going up until "File record segment 44139 is unreadable". Then it said something about index errors and the computer reboot. Now it says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". Does anyone have any insight?

A:check disk is giving me "File record segement xxxxx is unreadable"

So I threw in my windows 7 CD to try and repair the startup, but it didn't work. Now the computer rebooted and is going through check disk again. I already switched the SATA ports on the motherboard. Is there anything anyone can suggest?

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Hi guys, my laptop recently started acting extremely slow and I'm not sure what's going on so I'd really appreciate if someone familiar with this can help out.

My laptop suddenly froze and i couldn't get it to even start up in safe mode because it would freeze up beyond the boot up screen, and when I manually booted it up again, it did a CHKDSK on its own but kept freezing and giving me the "File record segment xxx is unreadable" message, and never went beyond 4% of stage 1.

I then ran a diagnostic tool by the manufacturer of the internal harddrive and did an external test, which it failed and it kept giving me "unable to repair bad sectors" message. I've also done error-checking for that specific drive including a scheduled chkdsk and to scan and attempt recovery of bad sectors, and both tests froze up in the earlier stages for hours and never progress.

I don't really know what caused this problem, whether it's a physical problem with the harddrive or a weird virus (I've ran antivirus programs but nothing came up either), but right now the laptop started working at normal speed with occasional lags but still cannot chkdisk. So I'm wondering what I should do at this stage, I've backed up all my data but is this the sign of a failing harddrive that could give out any minute and can anything be done to save it? Or could a full erase of the harddrive help at all? What's the worst that could happen at this stage and would I need to replace any parts? Than... Read more

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Good day! I'm currently helping my uncle with his laptop (Acer Aspire 5742Z) running on Windows 7 with a problem stated at the title. I've tried waiting for it to finish up which took a couple of hours but go a BSOD moments after trying to login through windows so after it restarted I canceled the CHKDSK this time and was able to get through windows but everything was running very slow that I could barely open My Computer. I've also read that it could be a hardware failure but I hoping that's not our case so I was wondering if there's a proper fix for this. I'm not a computer specialist but I do understand some bits and pieces so I apologize in advance if I don't get some terms you might be saying. Hope you guys can help me out thanks in advance!

A:CHKDSK at startup, getting "File recored segment XXXXX is unreadable."

I am afraid your laptop's hard disk is failing hard. The only thing that might help is a complete CHKDSK check ("Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors"), preferably by removing it from the laptop and attaching it to a working PC via a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adaptor or via a good USB disk enclosure.

If the disk is successfully checked then you can clone it immediately on a new 2.5" hard disk and put it in the laptop. If you are lucky, the system files might be intact and you will have saved your Windows installation and your data.

If the disk fails CHKDSK, then you have to give up and make a full Windows install on a new hard disk. If you need data from the old hard disk, you can attach it to the laptop via a USB enclosure and you might get all or part of your data. Good luck!

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I'm not sure if this is the right section but I've been having a serious issue with my pc and I was wondering if anyone can give me some insight into this issue.
I guess to begin I have 64 bit vista professional, I only shut down or restart my computer about once every two weeks or if absolutely necessary so its a bit hard to tell when certain things start or what programs I have installed since last restart. My problems started with this error every time I restarted MSLN NOT FOUND SKIPPING AUTOCHECK it slowed down my start up a bit but it didn't make difference once the computer started up so I ignored it and this has been going on for a month or two I believe. I restarted about two days ago because while trying to access my E: drive my explorer froze. Since then every time I start up it takes over an hour to start up. It does a check disk every time and it also gives me 4 File Record Segment XXX is Unreachable errors. The next time I started it up it my explorer froze up once i tried opening a file on my E: drive. I could just close explorer and navigate around my comp anyway using run command, but the last time I restarted my explorer instantly froze and froze up all my other programs right after I ran a game. This time my programs didn't start up, only kaspersky and aim started up. sorry this description is vague, I really don't know what i'm supposed to include here. If theres any other information you need just ask. On a side note I would prefer ... Read more

A:File Record Segment xxx is Unreadable

I would try booting a CD that allows you to run chkdsk on the hard drives. Perhaps your Windows Install Disc or OEM restore discs. Also try turning off all anti-virus and malware shield type programs and run a scan with malwarebytes anti-malware. See if it cleans up.

Sounds like you have some file system problems. Do you have a UPS? Do you ever have quick power glitches like 1/4 second brown out? It's easy to scramble the OS these days if you don't have battery backup that at least can handle the power being out for a minute or two so you can shut down.

First thing is to run chkdsk /f on your system disk from a booted CD.
Then tell what happened.

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Been getting a few BSOD's since moving from IDE to ACHI mode - thought it would improve speed on the SSD. Different error messages. Decided to remove the Creative Sound Card and revert back to on-board sound. Booted up fine (so far).

Did a reboot and CHKDSK ran for Drive C with message

File record segment ** is unreadable. Never seen this before with Chkdsk - should I be concerned and look to RMA the SSD to Kingston?

Any input appreciated

A:File record segment ** is unreadable

Hi mart44934,

Please refer to this Thread on how to post BOSD threads.

Regards Sean.

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File Record Segment xxxx is unreadable.

Ok so I am having a huge problem that I'd like fix. If you also know methods for what to do in the future to prevent this from happening again (second time a HD has failed on me) I'd appreciate it.

Anyways so here's my setup:

CPU: P4 2.8GHz c
MOBO: Abit AI7
RAM: 2 512MB Mushkin 3500 Level II (Running at 2-5-2-2)
The hard drive: Maxtor 6Y200PO

My problems first happened after a random bootup (meaning I hadn't changed anything while I was previously using the computer, just had shut it down for the night). Windows took about 10 minutes to load, and I was having some hardware issues. After looking around at different sites and FAQs, one thing lead to another and I decided to flash my BIOS. ABIT recommended using their new and "wonderful" program called Flashmenu. After downloading this program I downloaded the latest BIOS for my MB. I backed up my old BIOS using Flashmenu then flashed to the latest BIOS and rebooted.

Here's where my problems began.

The computer booted up and I got the checksum errors, and since this was the first time I've ever flashed a BIOS I was not accustomed to this error (I'm fairly sure it's normal after flashing, please tell me if I'm wrong). After googling around a bit the first recommendation was to clear the CMOS (I later found out that Flashmenu is supposed to do this anyways). I shut down the computer, unplugged the power, waited 30 seconds, set the ... Read more

A:File Record Segment xxxx is unreadable.

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I have Dell Vostro A860 laptop running XP Sp3 . It has become very slow , and boot up takes around 20 minutes and it often hangs even if i open a browser ! Some times its just blacksout ! during boot up it performed a CHKDSK of C: drive and it displayed around 150 - 200 unreadable file record segments .. i googled about this and found that .. if file record segments are unreadable .. then its time to replace my HDD .

So should i replace my HDD ? please help !


A:Solved: File Record segment unreadable !

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have an issue.

last night when i shut my computer off it kind of restarted by itself. this happened a few nights ago but i didnt think much of it, i just shut it down again.

but last night it shut down, started again but got stuck on the windows screen. this one

that blue bar just kept moving across. after about 5 minutes i switched the power off.

this morning i got that screen about windows not shutting down properly and so tried to boot in safe mode. i came back 5 minutes later and i was on that blue screen (the one you see when you install updates upon shutting down) and it was filled with "file record segment 3631 is unreadable".

there have also been a few lines like "inserting an index entry into index $0 of file [number]" or "deleting an index entry into index $0 of file [number]" as well as "12 percent complete"

its not finishing doing whatever it is doing so i cant do much right now so im just looking for some general help and advice on what to do afterwards. can someone explain whats going on? talk of $0 is worrying me a bit cause this is a register right?

edit: ok, it finished and got stuck on the same loading screen as before (image above) so now i need some active advice on what i should do

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My Laptop (MSI L1300, Intel Atom N450, DDR11 1GB, Sata 160 GB, running Windows XP, has recently been crashing fairly frequently.

On restart windows attempts to run a CheckDisk (Type of file system NFTS). However, this freezes after 31% of it is completed citing that
"File Record Segment 23832 is Unreadable"

Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated. I assume the link between the freezing and the unreadable file segment.
Thank you, for your time.

A:File Record Segment 23832 Unreadable

NOTE: I have severe eye problems. If I do not respond to your postings, please PM another staff member for assistance.

Try these free diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources - Bootable Disks

You'll either need an external USB CD/DVD drive to boot from - or you'll have to read up on how to make a bootable USB Flash Drive to run the diagnostics.

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Weirdly, I can access certain programs and files on all other disks and partitions (Chrome for example runs fine, Firefox doesn't), but whenever I try to download something for example, or access anything on E: drive, it stalls explorer.exe and it takes about 5 minutes to load it again.

I'd like to know what the issue might be, but ideally, I'd like to keep my data on all 5 partitions, as every partition has important files on them (yes, rookie mistake).

Here I'll list my partitions:
C: System (120GB SSD)
D: (part of 1TB HDD)
E: (part of 1TB HDD, lost partition, can't access)
F: (part of 1TB HDD)

I tried the following, in the exact order:
- Disk Management. Does not show any disks, keeps loading.
- chkdsk /r then chkdsk /f, and finally sfc /scannow. The first shows 4 instances of "File record segment is unreadable (11824, 11825, 11826 and 11827)".
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Get a new disk or provide a whole lot more details about what you're trying to do and what program(s) you are trying to do "it" with.

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To try get around these problems I tried using the magnet link option- which worked ONCE, but now even that wont work, as I cant DL the 2nd file- the DL starts (after taking ages to DL meta data- which is odd in itself), then the torrent is shortly terminated & I get the 'Error: File or directory is corrupt & unreadable' file message .

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A:"File directory is corrupted & unreadable" message when DL

Open Command Prompt as an administrator, often referred to as an "elevated" Command Prompt.

sfc /scannow
check your task manager what does it show cpu/system usage being at? If it's at 80-90-100% region a lot it's very likely you have an infected system

Kernel for Windows Data Recovery - Free download and software reviews - CNET

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A:Error message " Widows detected a hard disk problem"

That is not a most welcome message.

I would immediately backup the most important personal data and run the DOS version of Manufacturer's Diagnostic Utility. If it passes without any event reported, fine. But if it finds bad sectors and even if it repairs it, be wary. Not to be taken aback by any catastrophic failure that may occur unannounced, always backup all your personal data and also image your system regularly.

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Please open an elevated command prompt.
When you have the command promt open please enter the following command:
sfc /scannow and press enter.
After the scan is 100% and the scan did repair files please restart your computer.

Please re-open an elevated command prompt and enter the following command:
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The cbs.log file will be posted on the Desktop as the current user, named sfcdetails.txt. Please attach this file in your next post.

Note: You can also copy/paste the commands to make it easier.

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A:Windows check disk stopped at "xy file record processed"

Hello and welcome Shark Developer mate can you get into safe mode? If so try the chkdsk again.
Power up and tap F8 and when in safe mode try again using this
Disk Check if the first method doesn't work then try option 2.
Post back what happens.

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Normally, I'd tell you to download a program or two to examine what's using the space or to clean up unnecessary files.

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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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A:"Unknown" and "Unreadable" disk drive

Check BIOS settings for RAID and SATA. It may need to be tweaked.

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I have 80GB Hard drive "Samsung sp0411c" and I am using it since two years with my old desktop system with this S.M.A.R.T error at the startup (BIOS).

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? Always took so long copying files into F
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? Sometimes system restarted when I was copying some random data in the F partition.
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? I also deleted the Partition F: and then recreated the partition but same problems persisted.

** Due to above issues I left the partition F as it was and used others like C,D & E but an year before the partition E started to do things same way F was doing and at that point F was not accessible with error popping (The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?)

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A:HDD error "1720-SMART hard drive detects imminent failure attribute failed: #83" ... failing?

The fundamentals still apply:

for every partition ?X?
chkdsk ?X? /f /r​
The /R will remap bad sectors in an effort to avoid future I/o errors.

a} fix all partitions
b} get the SMART data and save it for reverence (it will not be reset to zero by chkdsk)
c} view the SMART data every day
d} look for increasing statistics

PLAN on getting a new HDD asap

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A:""the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

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Is there any chance the firmware has thrown a "wobbly"? Is it possible to update the firmware?


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Please advise. Thanks!


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(note: I have also attached a copy of this error message, if it will help)

A:"no disk" Error Processing Message upon starting Firefox

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When I go to the Winows XP Media Center I get the error message "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \Device\Harddisk1\DR3.".

When I first set up Media Player about 8 months ago I got this error message and doing a search I was able to find a fix. Then I had a problem about a month ago and reformatted my hard drive and did the same thing and found a fix.

Well, just had to reformat again and now I can't remember where I found the fix. Can someone help me?

Thanks! Oh - and BTW can someone tell me how I can find where the programs that I recored are stored.


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Okay, I'm on Vista. I just got a new external hard drive, and was trying to move some movie folders to it. Trying to move a whole directory of similar files, most of them moved without any problem. However, some files would be unable to move. I get a message that says "Cannot read from the source file or disk" and have to skip the file to continue.

After the move of the whole folder was complete, I would try to do it again to the individual files that were left behind - the move would seem to begin, and it would tell me that the file was being moved, but at a certain point it would stop, and give me the same error message again. I would have to cancel the move.

There is nothing obviously wrong with the files. They seem to play with no obvious problems (I haven't watched any all the way through, but skipping around seems to work). I was also able to delete one of them without any problems, as well as to move them to other folders on my hard drive. I just can't seem to move or copy them to the external hard drive. I ran a check disk which did not seem to solve the problem.

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.

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After formatting I keep getting error message "Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and then press any key"

I use this drive for an old PC that was running Xubuntu but now want to reinstall Win 7 after I went complete Linux on my main machine. I know it works. Every article online says the drive is either dead, infected, or whatever. I'm also booting from a flash drive, another thing I read is it's trying to boot from CD instead of USB and change boot order to fix, obviously that's what I'm already doing.

It's formatted fat32 with MBR. Any ideas what to do?

Thank you.

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I recently burned a couple of CDS (filled with videos and mp3s) and MADE SURE that they worked properly and were burned correctly BEFORE I deleted the videos and mp3s from my computer. Well, I burned about 5 cds. I was checking over some of the CDs and 2 of the burned CDs dont want to work. I get the following error:

"Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with Windows"
Why am I gettin this? Im POSITIVE that the disk was burned correctly but now all of a sudden Im gettin this error. I got Windows XP SP2, Gateway Computer.

A:Error Message: "Windows Cannot Read From This Disk."

Are they in perfect condition?

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First of all, i just want to let everyone know that i am not very good with computers so, please bare with me.

Here is my problem, my wife was trying to download pics from her memory card of her camera (sd card) to my computer so that she could burn the pics to a cd. My computer (Gateway GT5016H) has a slot to insert the memory card into the tower of the computer. She inserted the card, retrieved the pics and proceeded to burn them to a cd. When she was done, she shut down the computer.
Now evertime i start the compuer i get an error message pop up "windows-no disk" "there is no disk in drive. Please insert disk into drive." I also must click cancel multiple time to get rid of the error message. Gateway tech's could not help resolve the problem and told me to contact the manufacture of the sd card because they believe there is a compatability issue. I have windows XP if you need to know.

Can anyone help me.

A:Solved: Error message "windows-no disk" Please help me!

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I receive daily a "Low Disk Space" error message which is incorrect and in my estimation fradulent. It goes on to give an alternative to rectify this situation by offering to "Speed up your computer and remove all viruses that are on your computer." Of course all of this is for a price. If you opt in and then change your mind before you totally commit they offer the same package for half price. I refuse to be "sucked in" by this fraudulent company.

I have gone to the internet to try and find out how I may get rid of this enemy. I have used Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsofts Security fix program all to no avail. I am at my 'wits end' trying to rid my computer of this plague. This is the url that the message comes through as. I cannot find out any source that will identify its origin:

I need help.


Doug. Bell

A:Fake "Low Disk Space" error message

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I get this error message whenever I try to run iTunes or load a music CD. I cannot get it to disappear, and end up having to reboot. I have run A-Spyware & A-V software, and have cleaned my register.

I saw a solution to this in forum threads, which referred to using "Hijack This". But the solution required someone else to look at my log file, and then suggest specific actions.

Can anyone help me through this please?

Many thanks.

A:Solved: Error Message "Windows - No Disk"

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Hi, I'm having some trouble in the GIMP, especially when opening or saving files. Going to the C: drive goes fine, but when I go to a following directory, I get the "No Disk" error message, telling me to insert a disk into "the" drive. Whichever that may be.

If that were all, it wouldn't have been a great deal. But whichever button I press in the error message, it just pops up again. And again, and again, and again... This is seriously bad for one's nerves. Of course, I tried to click very rapidly, and eventually it does stop, if you're lucky enough not to click once too many. Because chances are you click on the save or load dialog, then the message pops up, and you can start all over again! I tell you, it's only a matter of time before I have a mental breakdown.

I was actually uncertain as of in which forum to post, as I suspect this could be a Windows problem as well. You see, whenever I stick a USB stick into my computer, the drive letter assigned to it isn't the next one unused. Instead, it skips one. So perhaps my computer thinks there's one more drive - one without a disk in it - while there really isn't. That's just an idea though.

I'm using Windows XP SP2, GIMP 2.2.10 and GTK 2.8.9. Both are the latest version, and there is no mention of a "No Disk" message in GIMP's Bugzilla.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, of course!

A:Solved: "No Disk" error message in GIMP


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Afternoon all.
Something strange happened yesterday, which i cannot figure out.

I have 3 disk drives, 2 150 gb drives and a 75 gb drive, and they all show up on the start > computer window. Until yesterday.

The 3rd (smaller) drive suddenly showed up as "corrupt or unreadable" and would not let me access it. as if that wasnt bad enough, my DVD drive then went and done exactly the same thing, for no reason whatsoever.

First things first then: The DVD drive. I went to google and found a technique where you go into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and changed the registrys. This bit has been sorted.

Back to the 75 gb disk drive: it now wont show up on the start > computer window at all. Even on the F8 boot menu it wont show up. The only way it will show up is if I insert my Vista disc in, and then it will show up on the first screen or two of the installation process.

This has meant that the GetDataBack program cant even find the faulty drive in order to carry these unreadable files over to, say, hard disk no.2.
Only the Vista installation agknowledges it as being connected.

Assuming that the DVD drive bit should be quite straightforward at this point, it leaves me with just the problem of the disk drive.

How can I access these files, and drag them over to another drive with the view of reformatting the thing afterwards?

And will this happen again? is this 75 gb drive reliable enough?

Hope you can help. Thanks.

A:"corrupt or unreadable" disk drive

this post is no longer applicable. look below

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(I love this forum).

Hey guys, I'm having a bit of problems with my USB thumb-drive. Whenever I try to format it (via Windows) it says "The disk is write protected." and on accessing, it gives the following error,

"The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable".

I decided to look-up on internet to get this solved but didn't find any solution.

It shows up under Disk Management as "RAW". There is no data in the drive (even if it is some, it's not worthy). Any fixes?

I'm using Windows 7 32-bit. I tried a lot of stuff but failed to get this up and running.

A:"The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable."

Any help?

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Hi guys. A few day ago, when I tried to started my laptop (hp probook 4534s), i got disk check. After that when I try to download something i get this error ("The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable") and I cant download it.
And when i try to install mozilla firefox i get new 7-zip error ("can not create temp folder archive")... Please somebody help me

A:"The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable"

Perhaps the disk check was just a simple scan, or was interupted.

Run a Full scan with Repair:
Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right click on Command Prompt > choose Run As Administrator
Type: chkdsk /r and then hit enter (This is providing there is only one disk and it is the one with the OS on it)
You will get a warning and you will be asked to run diskcheck at the next startup > say yes.
Restart the computer
Do not interrupt the process.

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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.


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

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My computer persistantly displays this error message saying "Windows - No Disk: There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive." When I look at the My Computer screen It shows my floppy drive, my C drive, the unknown Removable Disk Drive (D:), CD drives E and F, my other internal drive (G:), my external (H:), the second partition on my internal drive (I:), a DVD drive (J:), and then finally the second unknown Removable Disk Drive (K:). I have no idea what these Removable disk drives are or how they got here but I think they are causing the problem. Windows thinks there is a disk mounted but there isnt. If it helps the applications I was using at the time of when the incident first began was Azureus, my DVD drive, Divx Player, iTunes, and maybe some more random stuff. This error message pops up whenever I open multiple programs such as iTunes and Azureus. I could REALLY use some help with this as it is starting to become very annoying!

A:Keep getting error message saying "There is no disk in the drive"

right click on my computer then manage. click on disk management and see what it specifies K:\ as. you can right click and goto properties to get a list of drives attached and maybe it'll give you more specs on this removable drive.

is is possible you installed some software from a removable disk (like a usb key) and the software you are running is looking for the source media? it's possible this new drive has nothing to do with the windows error

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I can not open my photoshop program in Windows XP professional, it says No Disk and the exact error message is Parameters 75b6bfc 4 75b6b7c 75b6b7c ? Anyone know how to fix this ? Thank you

A:Windows "No Disk " error message

Hi do you have any p2p software on the machine,what av do you have

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I can not open my photoshop prom in Windows XP professional, it says No Disk and the exact error message is Parameters 75b6bfc 4 75b6b7c 75b6b7c ? Anyone know how to fix this ? Thank you

A:Windows "No Disk " error message

No need to Post twice, we heard you.
In Photoshop go to File\Preferences\Memory & Image Cache, and set the value of used by Photoshop to 50%. Restart Photoshop. Or if you have another drive, set the Scratch Disk to be on another drive.

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has anyone ever received this message??

"windows no disk"

how did you fix it??

A:"windows no disk" error message.

Hard drive error.,more than likely. Go to hdds makers website,
download the diagnostic utility and run it.

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im not completely sure if this has to do with windows but i keep having an error message pop up randomly and i have no idea what it is talking about it says:

"Exception Processing Message 0xc0000013 Parameters 0x75EF92A0 0x00000004 0x75EF92A0 0x75EF92A0"

and it only lets me cancel, try again, or continue, but whatever i do it usually pops up a few more times. can some1 please tell me what the hell it means or just how to fix it?

A:"Windows- No Disk" error message???

hi and welcome maybe this will be useful a lot of options

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For whatever reason I have been getting the message "Windows - No Disk" when I log on to my user name. This is really annoying and would like to stop it. If anyone has any suggestion's for solving this problem it would be greatly appreciated!
I have run "hijackthis" and posted the log for review.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:11:43 AM, on 3/26/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
D:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
D:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe
D:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindService.exe
C:\P... Read more

A:"Windows - No Disk" error message

has to do with hp media zone

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On one system I am getting this error message once every day or two. The hard drive has over 300GB available. The verbatim error message shows nothing in Google.

It reads:
"The space on the hard drive is running low. Currently only xMB is free. Please free space by deleting unused files."

Now it shows 71MB free. Any thoughts?

A:Error Message "The space on the hard drive is running low" isn't true

so do you have 300 gb? or only 71 mb? because if its 71 mb, u have got some major cleaning to do. I doubt that though, some viruses clutter the hard drive. If you have plenty of room, and your still getting the message then you can follow these instructions to remove the annoying message.

Low Disk Space Warning in Vista - Vista Forums

1. open regedit
2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
3. Right click explorer and then select new then DWORD (32 bit value)
4. name it NoLowDiskSpaceChecks
5. right click it and press modify
6. change its value to 1 in hexadecimal form then press ok
7. log out and back in and message should be gone.

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I do not know what I did. When I opened a message it open it "Message"; now it opens in "File". How can I get it back to open in "Message"?

A:Outlook 2016 - Message opens in "File", not "Message"

If you minimized the Ribbon, this caused it. Open a message and maximize the ribbon.

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I have had my vista pc and my windows 7 (basic) net book setup to let me share files (through an Netgear DG834PN Route) for around 18 months with no problems.

However as of 3 days ago I can no longer do this and non of the network tools can fined or solve the problem. I can uses the internet though my rooter, see my vista pc on the network as well as the media streaming (windows one) thing.

I can also access my net book hard drive from my pc no problem and transfer/delete files as well?

When I do try to connect the following error message is given:
"Error code: 0x80070035
The network path was not found"

How can I fix this?
P.s. I know windows 7 basic has not create home group ability, but it worked with the one I made on vista. I can not afford to upgrade my copy of windows 7 so that is totally out of the question.

P.p.s I am a dummy at this stuff.

I have tried Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, no joy!!

A:network error message: "Error code: 0x80070035". No file shareing help

Welcome to SF,

Firewall might be the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone".
On some Firewalls or Security Software you might need to completely uninstall them.

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Just got back from vacation, turned on my Dell Dimension with XP Home Edition. ot the dreaded blue screen. Talked about something being "dirty" and then goes to File segment ##### unreadable. Every once in a while it updates on percentage of completion but takes hours. Help!

A:FIle Segment XXXX unreadable

Howdy EFC, And Welcome to TSF..

I hate to be the baeror of bad news, but it seems that your hard drive is dying..

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(My query's title is probably complete gibberish, so please excuse it.)

Hey there--my memory card had a HUGE folder in it which appeared to be quite corrupted. I took advice that I read in another forum and went and ran a chkdsk where I converted the files and now I have a "Found" folder with 49 fragments that were found from that messed up folder. What do I do with these?

Is there some way to finally access that information? Thanks in advance for checking this out. I really appreciate it.

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I was working on Microsoft Word 7 and had multiple documents open; the computer froze (from being overworked, I guess) and I turned it off doing the "hold the power button for five seconds" thing. When I started up my computer again and opened up Word 7, I was able to recover most of the documents I was working on, except one. That one will not open (the message that appears says that the file can't be found), nor am I able to delete it (the message is that the file can't be deleted because it's corrupted or unreadable).

What can I do to fix this? I want to delete it; how may I do that? Please and thanks for the help. I don't speack tech, so the official support help from Microsoft Office confused me a little.

A:Microsoft Word 7: "This file is corrupted or unreadable."

I have never tried it, but you might try Pocket KillBox
There are other similar programs out there.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite P300-160 with Windows Vista operating sytem,
my problem is when i try to open documents a pop up window appears

"Location is not valiable"

"C:\Users\Toshiba\Documents is not accessible"
"the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

This is the message in the window,

on the guest account on the computer the documents opens fine without a problem,

Im not sure what is wrong i followed instructions i got from microsoft support, i used a programme called "Command Prompt"

I think it could be the hard drive failing but im not sure,


A:Documents "the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"


Not sure what you have done!

Do you have a "Toshiba" user on the PC?

Look here for some possible answers: -

Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder

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One of my friend's, her F: and K: hard drives both, after a reboot, have gone "corrupt and unreadable". She didn't do anything, she had been importing some pictures from a SD flash and then she left and came back, the monitor had weird stuff on it, so she rebooted and the drives then couldn't open.
I'm thinking of shutting down the computer and moving these HDs to another computer in hopes that it might be the computer. What should I do? Thanks.

Any help is appreciated thanks.

A:Hard Drives "corrupt and unreadable"

1 Remove the flash drive
2 Do a system restore to a point before the problem.

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

A:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"


First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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Yet from the same partition i'm able to boot into a "dual boot type install" of LUbuntu which im using just fine right now
On my other hard drive with a windows 10 install. check disk reports NO errors

Trying to boot from the windows 7 install dual boot begins booting but almost instantly kicks to an old style loading bar then goes to startup repair
and it fails with the problem being "bad hard drive"

but somehow it LUbuntu has no problem booting when i select to boot from it instead of windows 7
all of my data MUST be intact because otherwise i wouldn't be able to boot at all. and i can see all the files on my drive just fine

When I tried to boot in safe mode. it stopped after a few system files were loaded then went to startup repair. I dont remember the file it stopped at.

I have no idea how to solve this??
Is there some way to do a full repair of windows 7? not just the silly startup repair?

This is a very urgent frustrating and serious problem

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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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I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on to a dell xps and having a lot of problems.
The Computer has 3 harddisks
C:\ - Vista (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
D:\ Vista Recovery 10GB thing (Came preloaded With the Pc when i bought it)
F:\ Empty drive i want to install windows 7 on
J:\ Harddrive for everything else

The problem is when i boot from the disk i can start the installer but when it allows me to choose where to install to the harddrive always comes up as "Can not install blah blah, Windows can NOT boot from this Disk"

I have tried all sorts of ways to get around this like unplugging everything apart from the cd drive and harddrive i want to install it on, im getting really fed up with this. Is the problem that im trying to do a dual boot?
I also read somewhere about getting sata drivers for my motherboard but after hours of searching the web gave up.

All i can tell that my motherboard is is a FOXCONN LS36 but i can't find sata drivers for this anywhere!
On the dell website i tried all of the Sata downloads but if i locate the downloaded file whilst in win7 setup it doesn't like the file.
Am i doing some majorly wrong and stupid here?
Please help me!!!


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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

A:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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All of a sudden I could not find my sent mails in the Sent Items Folder. I looked for help from the forums and got a suggestion to create another profile to test whether I can see my sent mails there. I followed the instructions but there was not enough to lead me through so I don't think I completed creating a profile. Then I got another suggestion to purchase the Registry Booster to clean up my registry. After I did that I was able to see my sent mails again.

However I still continue to see the Outlook Data File Popup with the message "This data file has not been configured. Select an existing file to configure or try the name of a new file to create". After I clicked "OK" then I got another pop up to prompting me to choose a file from the Libraries.Documents directory. I clicked "Cancel" then I got another pop up with "Properities for this data file must be defined prior to use". I clicked "OK" and then I got the Outlook Data File Popup and the same subsequent popups again. After clicking through I was able to start my Outlook but when use the registry Booster to scan I got more error messages. So apparently these errors from Outlook is mucking up my registry. Anyone has any idea about this problem? Please help. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Helen.

A:Outlook 2010 Error message "This data file has not been configured"

Hi Helen,

Firstly, you certainly do not need any registry boosters to solve Outlook data file issues - was this a recommendation made by someone, or was this suggested to you by an automated pop-up? If its the latter, is there any chance you could be infected by some sort of malware?

To solve the Outlook issue, do you know where your Outlook data file is being stored? Can you do a search on your computer for all files with this extension:


Post back here with your findings. Also, can you tell us about your current system : what anti-virus software are you using. I'm a bit concerned about this Registry Booster : generally speaking, in most cases you really do not need/want to be mucking with the registry at all.


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I've seen posts (e.g., this one) about getting the error message "This file is not in a recognizable format" when trying to open files in Excel. Apparently this can occur for various reasons, but an online search didn't turn up an answer for my own situation, so I'm posting the solution I came up with.

In my case, the error message appeared when I installed Excel 2007 on the same machine as Excel 2000 and tried to open 2000. To eliminate the problem:
Close Excel.
Go to Documents and Settings > Application Data > Microsoft > Excel > XLSTART. The folder contains a PERSONAL.XLS and PERSONAL.XLSB file.
Assuming Office 2000 and Office 2007 have been installed in separate directories in Program Files:
- Move the PERSONAL.XLS file to Program Files > Microsoft Office > Office > XLStart
- Move the PERSONAL.XLSB file to Program Files > Microsoft Office 2007 (or however it's named) > Office 12 > XLSTART.
Don't just copy the files--move them. The original folder should be empty.
Restart Excel 2000.


A:Solved: Excel error message: "This file is not in a recognizable format"

Thanks for that, but Microsoft recommends you do not have two versions of Office installed on the same computer - then the error would not occur.

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i had a iso file of windows 7 ultimate.
i want to format my i thought of creating a bootable dvd.

but when i was selecting the iso file of windows 7 is giving an error message as "invalid iso file"

can any one help me how to fix this??

A:"invalid iso file" error message in windows 7usb/dvd tool


When are you getting this error message, have you tried to burn the ISO to a DVD?


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I am trying to install a C++ Redistributable package and am encountering the following error dialog:

I am also encountering a similar dialog when I try to install the latest Silverlight plugin for IE9.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit.

Can anyone please assist.


A:"Unable to find a volume for file extraction" Error Message

I found one fix:

Update: I was able to figure out a hack to get through. If I enable the UAC, and then explicitly run each program with admin rights, it asks for permission, then the programs run without a hitch.

So... Since I hate UAC, how do I fix this?

Found here: Installers failing... - Tech Support Forum

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I have a Dell Pentium 4 (1.7MH) running Windows XP SP-2. When I trie and save a file from the command prompt using an application such as a text editor, or word processor (dos based) I received the above message. There is a box (from MS Edit) with buttons "retry" "cancel" "help". I clicked on help and this information was displayed:

Edit is unable to create or access the specified file, which might be due to the following reasons:

» You may be trying to create or write to a file on a drive that is read-only, such as a CD-ROM or a read-only network drive.
» You may be trying to overwrite a file that is read-only.
» You may be trying to access a file that is locked by another user or program.
» You may be trying to read or write to a directory name.

The situation is this: I can only save a file if I rename that file (using save as.) I've made sure that this happens with or without long file names. I've have 3 hard drive installed and the same thing happens on all the drives and in root and sub directories. I've used different DOS based programs in CMD.EXE console including MS Edit; Wordperfect 5.1; and PEDIT (among others) all showing the same behavior.

There is no problem in Windows based programs. I have not changed my environment variables, etc. The behavior was sudden and it's still continuing.

I must rename the file in order for it to be saved, then copy it at the prompt to the file name that I really want. I'... Read more

A:CMD.EXE ERROR MESSAGE "Edit is unable to create or access the specified file"

You need to enclose the entire path and file name in quotes if there are any spaces in the path or file name.

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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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My Windows 7 configuration is relatively bullet proof (ha ha, nervous laughter).

My OS and programs are on C, which I image using RDriveImage every month after Patch Tuesday.

My data is on software-mirrored D/F drives.

So as long as I don't have a catastrophic event affecting my computer, a routine "drive failure" should be recoverable, with the worst-case being I'd be out a month of updates, but with a good recent image of the OS drive.

Anyway, I was recently looking at my event viewer and I have "Disk errors" that occur whenever I run a full image of C.

The complete error text is:

Log Name: System
Source: Disk
Date: 7/13/2012 3:38:44 PM
Event ID: 11
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: xxxxxx
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="Disk" />
<EventID Qualifiers="49156">11</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-07-13T19:38:44.199218700Z" />
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A:"Disk error" invisible except to event viewer, when imaging hard drive

Try going into your BIOS to see what it has to say about the drive. Some BIOS's can read the drive's SMART status and can run tests on it. You could also download the disk manufacturer's drive diagnostics to check it out. Or see what Seatools (from Seagate) has to say about it:

SeaTools | Seagate

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I am still using Excel 97 on Windows XP. I have been keeping a daily log in Excel for two years now. Yesterday I tried to open the file to make an entry and I received this message; "2006-07 Log book.xls: file format is not valid." Any idea what could have happened and how to retrieve the file. I checked all the forums I could find on the subject, but none helped. I have a lot of valuable info in that file and would sure hate to lose it. Thanks for any help.


A:Solved: "file format is not valid" error message

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When I try to move a folder into another folder (sub-folders into the main "MY DOCS" folder, I get the error message: "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open. Close the file and try again."

NO, no other folders are open; went to task manager and made sure. No backup running. I've tried a web search others have had this issue. The suggestion was to empty the temp folder, but this didn't help.

Any advice? This happens for ANY folder I try to dump into the main one.

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I'm trying to repair Windows XP on my laptop (because I got the blue screen of death and a bunch of my drivers don't work) by booting it from the original Reinstall Service Pack 1 disk that came with my laptop. I click setup, and then repair, get partway through and get the "files asms needed" message.

I tried this fix, which was posted on one of these forums previously:
"The machine is not communicating with the CD-ROM.
When the message appears, type: Shift+F10 to enter a command session.
Type: regedit.exe at the prompt.
Highlight the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE entry.
Go to the File menu and choose Load Hive.
Then, load %Windir%\System32\Config\System.sav
Give it a short name that you will remember, like "Test".
Then, find this key:
Do the same for ControlSet2 and any other numbered ControlSet keys you see.
Exit regedit."
I do the first five steps, no problem. My problem is that when i look for the key, under ControlSet001, there is no such key -- no control or class folders, just a services folder. I make the changes under controlset002 and 006, then exit regedit. The error message remains. I click Ok and nothing happens. I click "cancel" and it gives the setup a fatal error. I've also tried changing the drive to d:/ or e:/, with no luck.

Help! How do I get past this?

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My laptop isn't starting, I get the blue screen with the following error message:

Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate its is corrupt, absent, non writable

I've had a look through some related posts here and tried:
-starting using the last working configuration settings - No Effect
-starting in safe mode - No Effect
-booting from the original Windows XP CD and in the recovery console running the chkdsk /r command - currently 3hrs in and at 65% complete

Hopefully this will work, however if not I am going to try the manual steps guide written by poolboynatur (

My questions are:
1)I don't know if my Windows XP Home edition is OEM Installed, if it is will this stop me being able to perform the manual steps in the guide?
2)Will following the manual steps to recover route delete any of my personal files/folders/pics?
3)I'm concerned about all my personal files/folders/pics etc being deleted or overwritten, obviously I can't start my laptop to access them now to perform a backup to external hard drive, is there a way of performing a back up before I do any of the manual steps to recover?

Thanks in advance

A:Error Message "STOP: C0000218 (Reg File Failure)....."
A necessary Registry hive file couldn’t be loaded. The file may be corrupt or missing (requiring either an Emergency Repair Disk or a Windows reinstallation). The Registry files may have been corrupted because of hard disk corruption or some other hardware problem. A driver may have corrupted the Registry data while loading into memory, or the memory where the Registry is loading may have a parity error (turn off the external cache and check the physical RAM).

0xC0000218: UNKNOWN_HARD_ERROR {KB 156640} Win NT, Win 2000

How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting {KB 307545} Win XP (includes error messages that \WINDOWS \ SYSTEM32 \ CONFIG \ SYSTEM or \WINDOWS \ SYSTEM32 \ CONFIG \ SOFTWARE is missing)
How to Troubleshoot Registry Corruption Issues {KB 822705} WinNT 4.0, Win 2000, Win XP Pro, Server 2003 (computer will not restart due to corrupt Registry hive)

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Dear Fellow Members,

It has been some time since I have been able to get back on line, even briefly. Let me begin with a description of the circumstances which prompted this post.

I received a series of 32 .rar downloads (made using a good, high speed connection and under optimal conditions), which contain what I believe is a full DVD (sent as an .iso file) of a cultural event from the person who made the recording, of an event in which he was a participant, and for which he owns the rights. This does not relate to any sort of illegal file sharing.

When I tried to extract the .iso file, the file extracts fully and (apparently) completely (the counter goes up to 100%), but at the end (only after the file has extracted 100%) I consistently received the following WinRAR error message:

"CRC failed in the encrypted file xxx.iso (wrong password?)."

The password was correct (I have had experience that when the password is actually incorrect, the opening sequence will not initiate in the first place); the resulting .iso file (saved because I asked WinRAR to "keep corrupted files") is the full size of the file which was sent. According to what I have been able to read on line (and, again, from past experience), WinRAR should be able to indicate which of the files is corrupt during the extraction process (I have subsequently tested the archives several times in an attempt to find what is wrong), but no problem with any of the files has been i... Read more

A:WinRAR Error Message "CRC failed in the encrypted file"

CRC error means that the file is unreadable and or corrupted, probably just the last tidbit. You can try to open the ISO file with MagicISO but if Alcohol didn't open it, this probably won't either.

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I'm using version 2004. A friend sent me two files (generated by someone other than him).
When I tried to open the files in version 04 (which is what I use)... I've got the same error message (drawing file is not valid).

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Solved: Error message: "drawing file is not valid"

Hi LesageJo, and welcome to TSG.

There is no guarantee I will have an answer, but it would help if you told us exactly what software you are using. A version number, without a name doesn't help us much.

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Hello Toshiba support

I have a Toshiba Satellite SA60 - 122 MODEL NO. PSA60E - 09505XPT and I need to upgrade its BIOS

I went to and choose "Archive" (see screenshots attached for all options), and it returns 2 results... both give

500 - Internal server error.

There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.

Direct link for

Is there a problem with your server? Can you fix it so I can download the file?

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I am using Excel 2007 on Windows XP. I have been keeping a daily log in Excel. Yesterday I tried to open the file to make an entry and I received this message; "Expense.xls:: file format is not valid." Any idea what could have happened and how to retrieve the file. I checked all the forums I could find on the subject, but none helped. I have a lot of valuable info in that file and would sure hate to lose it. Thanks for any help.

For ur Refernce, am attaching the file.

A:Solved: "file format is not valid" error message in excel 2007

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Every time I download a winamp skin from their site it comes up with the error message stated in the subject after it has downloaded 99% of the file!

When downloading, the file is temporarily placed in here:

"C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\6j8XMZO1\filename"

Is it just because I am not logged in as an administrator, or is it something else???

How can I overcome this problem???

Cheers )


A:Error message "Access to the specified device, path, or file is denied" when download

It is indeed probably because you are not logged in as the Admin. When you download skins for Winamp, they self extract and install to the proper directory. Sounds like the skin is coming down OK but when it goes to extract and install, it stops as you don't have access.

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I have a Windows XP '98 Desktop with 256 MB.
Could not open a PDF document (3446KB) which had error message: "There was an error opening this document. A file I/O error has occured" Please advise how to repair this PDF document, Thanking you!

A:How to repair PDF document that has an error message " A file I/O error has occured"

Does your version of Acrobat reader or pdf reader support the document's format?
Can you attach the pdf file to see or does it contain sensitive data.
Have you googled for this error?

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"pri master hard disk: s.m.a.r.t. command failed
Press f1 to continue"

I get the above error when I turn on my computer, but when I load windows after pressing f1 everything seems to be fine, do I need to worry about this? It started occuring after I installed my q6600 cpu last night.

A:"pri master hard disk: s.m.a.r.t. cmd failed" error

If your drive or PC is still under warranty, I would have the drive replaced. The SMART diagnostics are used to tell you if the drive is running outside of the specs designed by the manufacturer. If the drive goes outside the specs, then there is usually a 72-hour timeframe before the drive fails completely.

But with the error you are getting, it sounds like it's an error with the SMART diags themselves - which should be replaced anyway.

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Hi guys, i need some help here.
So, 2 days ago ive noticed that my laptop performance has become slower compared to before, and I was lagging when playing my games so I decided to run CCleaner and restart my laptop. Unfortunately, it become worse after I restarted it. It took me about 45 mins to take to the dekstop after booting my laptop, and whenever i do some action(left click, right click), it takes about 5-10 mins till the system respond again. I checked the task manager's performance tab and nothing unusual there, no signs of overheating and the fan is working just fine.

So, i turned it off and boot into safe mode. Surprisingly, the performance is still normal in safe mode. Then, I tried to run chkdsk( the laptop asked me to restart). After running chkdsk it said "file record segment ### is unreadable), after it finish, I tried to boot to windows normally only to find out that the problem is still there. I tried to boot to safe mode but I was stuck After it loads classpnp.sys

I tried to backup my data using a win 7 installer from this link, and i get error 0x8007045D instead and the system asked me to run chkdsk again.

Im using win 7 ultimate x64 and my laptop is sager np 8150.
My specs:
- processor i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz
- nVidia GeForce GTX 485M 2GB GDDR5 DX11
- 2x4 GB DDR3 RAM
- 500GB HDD, partitioned to C and D. C mainly for programs, windows and data, D is for my games and vids

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A:Laptop becomes slow, file segment is unreadable

I ran chkdsk c: /r and now it get to stage 2, start correcting some errors, then the last 2 lines were

332368 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.

It just stuck there and do nothing. It doesnt go to stage 3.
My question is, how do you know if chkdsk is still running or if its frozen? Should I wait until it finishes or restart my laptop now? Any ideas?


Chkdsk is finished now and it says "chkdsk error failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50". Whats that means?

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I have 3 HD's running. Two (NTFS) internal and one (FAT32) external.

A 300GB (NTFS) with about 14GB of free space.
A 60GB (NTFS) with 9GB of free space.
A 160GB (FAT32) with 149GB of free space.

I am getting this error message while trying to transfer a 4GB Movie from the 300GB HD to the 160GB HD saying "Error copying file or folder, There is not enough free disk space". Obviously there is enough disk space on the target drive for the movie but for some reason or another it doesn't think so. Windows also recognizes that there is the correct amount of space available, it only says there isn't when I try to transfer.

I tested transferring with other files and it works fine, its just that file. I also tried transferring it to the 60GB HD and it worked without any problems.

My questions are:

Is there something wrong with the file?

Is it that there isn't enough room in a temporary folder for it to transfer a file that big?

Is it the fact that they are different file systems?

Is there something wrong with my HD?

Or is it something that i'm not thinking of?

Thanks for your help. Sorry if this post is in the wrong section, I thought it was the most appropriate.

A:XP "Error copying file or folder" message

Thankfully you didn't try "moving" it, sometimes from doing this it vanishes from the source (as wanted) and never gets to the destination (due to out of memory error)

I've seen this myself, it's to do with system resource on your PageFile amount of Ram being used and the CPU coming in trying to process it all.

In most cases I have run CCleaner first then copied the large file(s) across without fuss.
It's just all the temp files together and Windows thinking that memory is low when it's just the processing of this memory in a temporary location (being %temp% usually)

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mugels, thank you

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Whenever I try to open one of my "Quark" files, I get the following error message: "Bad File Format [-70]". Does anyone know any tricks on how to recover this file, or is all hope lost in this case? I've done a little research, and the concensus is that this is possibly a serious error message, with little to no hope of recovery. I just wanted to know if anyone else has come across this, and if so, what you did to fix it, if anything. Thanks guys!

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I am experiencing a problem that only recently started occurring. While connected to the internet, it works fine for the first 2.5 hours. After that time my internet connection dies, and when I click on my wireless adaptor utility to check the status I get the following message: "The IPHLPAPI.DLL file cannot start - Check the file to determine the problem." - and can no longer connect to the internet unless I reboot. Each time I do reboot, however, it is fine for another 2.5 hours and once again the internet connection dies.

I have tried removing and reinstalling my network adapter and software (Syntax USB-400), renamed and reinstalled IPHLPAPI.DLL, scanned my system using SpyBot, Ad-Aware and Norton Antivirus (which are all up to date) and found nothing wrong. I have also followed the suggestion in the MS support link article 823256 which pertains to this issue (although the 'symptoms' in this article refers to 'installation of MS broadband networking hardware') but this has not helped either. It reacts as if there is a set timer causing it to crash every 2.5 hours. Otherwise the system functions perfectly. Is there a resolution anyone can think of that I may be overlooking?

Please advise as this issue is becoming very frustrating.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
My system specs are as follows:

Host Name : DELL
Domain : MSHOME

Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) II
Speed : 333MHz
Performance Rating : PR400 (estimated)
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A:"Iphlpapi.dll File Cannot Start" error message

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Quark 5.0 "Bad File Format [-70]" error message. Whenever I try to open one of my "Quark" files, I get the following error message: "Bad File Format [-70]". Does anyone know any tricks on how to recover this file?
Please help

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Had a sudden inability to go much further than a third or forth-level download on ANY given webpage and then PC would seize-up, requiring "cont+alt+del" in order to get freed-up. Thought perhaps I picked-up a bug of some sort during a recent google search, and went immediately to Panda and Trendmicro to perform both virus as well as malware scans. While the Panda scan was loading-up, I received the following error message....

... " DoPatch....dll reports error....Error "C:\WINNT\patch.utp"....unreadable or not a patch file..."

Was able to complete both scans. Nothing found other than tracking cookies.

I then did a file serch for the above and located it. It was installed TODAY apparently, and not by me, within minutes of the problem starting.

I'm guessing someone/thing slipped this patch into my WINNT file or modified it while I was doing the google search, so I have included a HJT scan below.

Hope this all makes sense and ties-out to something. Any help would be genuinely appreciated-

__________________HIJACK SCAN BELOW__________________________
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:42:23 PM, on 5/11/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\syste... Read more

A:"DoPatch" error message - "dll reports error" causing pc to seize-up (HJT attached)

Bump for HJT expert

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I have a small set of Word files (perhaps 100 out of several thousand) that open properly but when I try to back them up / transfer them, I get the error message: "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" .

This seems different than similar postings I found (usually people who get this message have an entire drive problem... and cannot open the files contained in the drive).

Any solutions? Should I be worried that this is the sign of a potentially bigger problem?
I'm working off a dell inspiron 1150, windows xp, word 2003, maxtor one touch external hard drive


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Need a bits/bolts expert recommendation.
I do pc/net/cad tech work.
Revisiting this problem...

A user upgraded Windows OS, removed an old HP printer, some time ago... still has a recurring problem with a .lnk file (in an "HP Deskjet D1300 series" folder) which can't be deleted even in safe mode command prompt... can't delete the folder\*.* ...can't rd the folder (not empty). Any touch to the file brings a 'Corrupt file' dialog... "The file or directory uninstall.lnk is corrupted and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility."
Chkdsk runs often to no effect. I believe we've previously set the fsutil dirty bit. At one point, I think I got my SpinRite CD out and booted it, but for some odd reason it wouldn't see the hard drive in that computer, so it couldn't analyze it. The user is otherwise using his computer... somewhat ok, for a non-computer tech user ... there doesn't appear to be any other problems, virus, etc. This 'corrupted' file problem lingers but he's not been disposed to attack it aggressively... however, perhaps now I can convince him otherwise, since it continues to linger.

Tempted to try the SpinRite disk again, but... my idea was to remove the drive, slave it off another computer and try to work on it that way... or, just backup an image, format the thing (letting it deal with any physical abnormality) and restore the image... see if the file remained untouchable (is that likely?)... Read more

A:File "corrupted and unreadable". Can't delete.

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Whenever I try to open my 48Gig partition on my slave hard drive, I get this message:

F:\is not accessible
The File or directory is corrupted and unreadable

this is very strange because I just used it earlier today and opened it to look in it with no problem.

It was formated NTFS yesterday to only be used by my W2K operating system on the extended partition of my dual boot setup....but it is still visible in my Win98 My Computer list(I didn't think NTFS partitions could be seen by Win98).

AND everytime I boot to Win98, my computer runs a scan disk on it, both standard and surface scan which takes Hours!

What can have caused all this?

AND more importantly,...How can I fix it, Please?

A:Why do I get: "The File or directory is corrupted and unreadable"?

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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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Hi all

I'm having problems with the above error which pops up everytime I restart and periodically. I have ran AVG anti virus successfully and also SpyBot SD which removed all found problems (had to run it in safe mode to remove one issue). My HijackThis log is below:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:34:51, on 14/05/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\SchSvr\SchSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinRemote.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
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A:Need Help with "Windows - No Disk" error, log file included

Run HijackThis and click on "Config" and then on the "Misc Tools" button.
If you're viewing HijackThis from the Main Menu then click on "Open the Misc Tools Section".
Click on the "Open Uninstall Manager" button.
Click the "Save List" button.
Copy and paste that list here.

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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"


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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