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


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.


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

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

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I have a Dell Latitude E7450 with Windows 10. I am unable to get to the login screen as the following error message comes up "A disk read error occurred Pres Ctl+Alt+Del to restart" I do this and get the same error message each time. I did hold F12 so I can get to the boot options. I ran the diagnostics and it completed with no issues found. "All tests passed"
Any ideas of how I can fix this issue?
Boot mode is set to Legacy. Should I change it to Secure Boot?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Latitude E7450 - Error message "A disk read error occurred"

Run the extended - not just quick - diagnostic on the hard drive (F12 at powerup).  
No, you cannot change to UEFI/Secure Boot without a complete reload of the operating system.

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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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When the computer starts right away i get this error message= a disk read occured press ctrl + alt + del to restart. My system is xp pro.

A:A disk read error occurred message when loading xp

System manufacturer and model?


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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.


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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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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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.

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".


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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. . .



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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, 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"

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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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


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 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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Greetings everyone.
Last Tuesday when I turned my computer on, I got the message ďA disk read error occurred, press crtrl+alt+delete to restartĒ. 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, Iíve 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 (thereís more I can do though, I know). I donít think it could be malware, but who knows.

Anyways, Iíve 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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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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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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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.

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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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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!

any solutions guys?

A:"A disk read error occurred" on wd10ears



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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."

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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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I recently (earlier this year) had a PC built for capturing legacy video with a capture device (ATI All-In-Wonder 9000) which simply will not work under Vista or later. I use this PC only as a dedicated standalone unit and it is isolated from all networks.

When I received the PC it worked properly, and did so for a couple of months. Now, however, when I start it up I get the BIOS screen and then, "A Disk Read Error Occurred..."

I have attempted to reinstall or repair Windows XP (Professional, 32 bit) but have not been able to do so; it seems that the PC will not boot from CD-ROM. I can access the BIOS and I have a good real-time clock reading (indicating that the coin battery is OK), but I can't seem to get it to boot from any device.

Since I don't have the unit running under Windows I am unable to install SysInfo. I have attempted to run SeaTools bootable (the primary IDE HDD is a Maxtor, but any port in a storm) both from USB and from CD-ROM without success; all I get is a black screen. Yes, I am setting the boot priority correctly in BIOS.

Among the assets which I have in the junk box is an IDE DVD-ROM drive which was working when it was pulled some time back and a pair of IDE to SATA adapters. But I'd rather not just start changing parts until I find the root cause of my problem. And I'd prefer not to destroy data on the primary IDE hard drive unless I just have to; I'm not sure I can locate all of the drivers and other files that my... Read more

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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


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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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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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, ŅWTF? 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"

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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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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"

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I am running Windows 7 on an ASUS CM5675 desktop pc. The computer was working fine until this morning, I tried to turn it on and I get this message:

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

I tried running windows recovery and it did nothing. The bios setup recognizes the hard drive, and I can get into ASUSTek EZ Flash and can read the files on the hard drive but can get nothing to run no matter what I have tried.

Please help. My girlfriend is having a freakout >.> It's her pc.

A:[SOLVED] A disk read error occurred

Run HDD diagnostics -

Start with SeaTools (for DOS) --> http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD

Burn ISO to CD with ImgBurn --> http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

Boot with SeaTools CD.

If SeaTools comes up OK, run HDD manufacturer's diagnostics --> http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Regards. . .



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That is the message I am getting. I've searched high and low for possible solutions that may have worked for others, but not me.

I'd like to boot to my Windows XP Home Edition SP3 CD so I can load Recovery Console, but result is a blank black screen after the brief message: "The system is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration." (No HDD activity)

The system is a Dell Inspiron B130/1300 laptop, with a hidden Symantec Recovery Disk partition that can be loaded, but none of the so called "recovery points" are found. (Not sure that any were created because that software was not activated) While in that attempted local disk access to the C: (windows install) drive tells me that C:\ is not accessible. The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable.

Instinct tells me that the HDD is finished... but why won't the Windows CD load? I've tried multiple Windows CDs to no avail. Other CD's will boot. Something is fishy to me.

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

Other boot cd's do not inspect your hardware like XP cd does, it is finding a problem it cannot deal with when detecting the hardware configuration.

Here is an article on how to backup your data, I suggest doing it before all is lost.


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Hi everyone,

I hope you guys that reading this had a wonderful time in Christmas.

So without further ado, I have purchased this computer, well I bought the parts separately and the company that I purchased from put them together (free off charge).

It has been less than 2 months now that I have been experiencing failures, all the classic signs for example, BSOD, Disk Read Error's, Slow, Sometimes it freezes for about 2 + 5 sec.

So let me tell you more about the Disk Read Error problem first, every single time I boot my computer it fails by that I mean Disk Read Error Occurred (CTRL + Alt + Delete) its a good sport and can take multiple tries before booting up. I have open the computer and checked the cables and I noticed the SATA cable is bend fairly badly so I think that's the problem but I don't know (new SATA cable its on its way and need to change the position of the current HDD).

Slow, This is usually during boot up and actually seeing my desktop (but sometimes its super fast).

BSOD well this one is interesting no idea why it happends it just says restart and as I was typing this I got another one details below:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 7a
BCP1: 0000000000000004
BCP2: 0000000000000000
BCP3: FFFFFA800E64A250
BCP4: 000000000226ED08
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
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A:Solved: Disk Read Error Occurred+ BSOD (+ everything else?)

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My computer was working fine last night before I turned it off. I wake up this morning & turn on the computer & instead of starting Windows A Disk Read Error Occurred pops up. I did a diagnostics on my Computer & Hard Drive & DVD Rom Drive seems fine. But its something with the boot that seems to be messed up. Is there any way to fix this ?

A:[SOLVED] A Disk Read Error Occurred - BioHD-4

Shut down the computer Try unpuging the HDD cables and plugging them back. if it is a desktop...

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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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My PC's hard drive failed so I purchased a new Maxtor 80gb PATA HDD today.

I have installed it and ran my Windows XP Home Edition SP2 CD.

In XP installation the hard disk is formatted with no problems and then the files are installed. Then XP says that the computer needs to re-boot to continue setup... so it re-boots and in a black screen it displays:

veryfying DMI Pool Data......Update success
Boot from CD
A disk read error occurred

I have run chkdsk /r in the XP CD and no bad secors were found.

Any ideas??

Kind regards,


A:Solved: A disk read error occurred on XP Home Installation

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I know this problem has come about quite a lot of times here, but most of the solutions are unresolved or require things that I don't have. Wow I just realised how long this post is. Anyway it would be great if anyone can help me. You don't have to read all of it but it contains all the information about what I tried before I came here and I think it'll help A LOT. I thank whoever has the patience to help me.

Anyway, a little backstory of when I got this error, I just got my pc fixed not too long ago and I've been getting a lot of updates for windows XP. When I started up my PC, everything worked normally, there was the extremely long boot times, and it always hangs for a while when windows live messenger and gamespy comrade start up simultaneously. But this time, it blue screened and I had to restart my PC. When i restarted my PC, it went through the same sequence, but didn't blue screen. This time I noticed an anomally, there was a window opened that seemed to be a restart countdown to apply updates, just like the one in windows vista, except it looked different, I supposed it was a new feature in a new update. I hit a button that said something to the extent of restart later and continued with what i wanted to do, play team fortress 2. While i was playing team fortress 2, my pc suddenly blue screened again. I restarted my pc and everything went as per usual, and there was no restart timer. I started up team fortress 2 again, and played with no pro... Read more

A:Solved: A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart. PLEASE HELP!

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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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I bought a HP laptop last year - all was going well until one day it would only boot up to a blue screen - took it to computer guy - he said that I had lost everything. He reloaded all system files and xp and sent me on my way with a warning that the hard drive might be going out. $160.00 dollars and 3 days later I got this message "recovered from serious error, download updates for ATI Radeon 200m, X300, X600, Firegl V3200 video driver and so on. Shut it down because of frustration and let it sit for a couple of months. Just turned on and and getting this message "disk read error occured - hid Ctrl Alt Del to reboot. Doesn't work - just keeps coming up to the same error message.

I am not computer literate - can someone tell me if this sounds like the hard drive has gone out like I was told it might - right before I got the first message I downloaded and update from Avira but it probably has nothing to do with this but worth mentioning.

A:Disk read error occurred

yes it sounds like the harddrive has stopped working. try running http://www.salvationdata.com/data-recovery-freewares/hdd-scan-c.htm. use whichever method you can and scan the hdd. it should tell you if the drive is bad.

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I have a radeon x1000, pentium 4 processor, with 1gb ram computer that is running windows xp home. however it was running well yesterday but when i shut it down today and restarted it, its popping up saying "disk read error occurred and press ctrl, alt & del to restart. can someone help me in how i could fix it or bypass it?

A:Disk Read Error Occurred!!

hello ,

you may need to defragment or

what you need to do is run a scan disk

select (my computer) by left clicking it then right click the icon for your harddrive / in the drop down menu select (properties) then the (tools) tab / then in the (error -checking ) select (check now) then select both boxs / then select (start) you will then be asked to check at next boot /select (yes ) then close out the windows / then reboot

now when your system starts a scan will start / do nothing / it will take about 45 min to an hour

at the end of the scan it will give you all type of info then restart / then it will give you more info telling you if it fixed the error or not

then it will load windows


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Yeah I know, there have been plenty of threads about this subject made in the past, and I have read most of them but none of the solutions listed did not fix my problem so if someone could try to help me that would be appreciated.

So yeah, basically here's the Info:

My laptop was running fine this morning until my sister came in and being pissed at me, she aggresively pressed a lot of keys and shut down the comp (using the On/Off Button).

Then when I tried to turn it on again I get
" A Disk Read Error Occurred
Press CTRL+Alt+Del to restart".

I have tried the following:

1. Put in the recovery disk, and it did not read it, the following Error Came up:

" Windows Boot Manager

Info: Windows encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to
your computer. This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage
device while the device is in use.

Status: 0xc00000e9 "

2. Accessed BIOS and tried to "Load Setup Defaults" and then changed the Boot order to

1. HDD
3. FDD
4. LAN
5. USB Memory

And no difference, still didn't work.

So yeah, none of the above has worked and so I don't really know what to do.
I really need the information on my Hard Drive by tonight/tomorrow morning if Possible.

Thanks so much guys :x

A:Disk Read Error Occurred

Set Bios to read from DVD, then try the disc.
See if you can get into safe mode and system restore.
Repair Vista Options - Preferred Sequence

If that does not work we may have to fix the MBR

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I am running Windows 7 on an Emachines E525 and I just purchased the laptop approx 3 weeks ago. Upon bootup last night I received the following error message:

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

this message is on the black DOS prompt type screen.

After entering Ctrl + Alt + Del it gives me the opportunity to F2 for setup then continues to start windows normally.

Any suggestions?! Sometimes the reboot works sometimes I have to do it a couple times before it will actually boot. I need some help please!

A:A disk read error occurred

If you are still having this problem.Next time windows runs okay, go to COMPUTER, right click your harddrive and choose PROPERTIES click the TOOLS tab where it says ERROR CHECKING click the check now button.It will offer to do this next time it boots, suggestion, don't do it unless your not going to need the computer for a while as it can take several hours to complete.let it run and see if that does not fix your problem.

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Ok i just got a new computer case along with a new harddrive and i hooked everything up and i installed windows on my friends computer because for some odd reason it would work on mine and i put it back in and i keep getting this message when i turn on my computer "a disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" if anyone can help me with this it would be very well appreciated

A:A Disk Read Error Occurred

When abouts in the boot process do you get the error message? Is it just before Windows starts to load or during?

Most likely, you'll need to reinstall Windows.

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when i turn on my computer it begin loading up the window background and it start saying a disk read error occurred press Ctril+ Atl +del to restart when i do this it return back to the same Screen disk read error occurred

A:How to fix a disk read error occurred

That generally means you have a faulty hard drive and it needs to be replaced and the old drive either cloned over to the new one if it's not really faulty or Windows reinstalled from scratch on the new drive.

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Hi, my friend has a computer that was working fine until she went to start it up yesterday. It starts to boot up but then there is a black screen with "A disk read error occurred, Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart." Doing this only brings the same message. This is a computer she bought from Tiger Direct and the only thing I can see inside is: Systemax Dual Core Athlon PC. It is running Windows XP, SP unknown. Looks like it has a Hitachi Deskstar HDO 250 GB SATA hard drive.

I tried doing some research on this but mainly found posts years old and a lot of arguing about what to do on other sites.

Can anyone help?


A:A Disk Read Error Occurred

Hello and welcome to TSG.

Her best bet is to use her XP CD to boot the system and go to the first Repair option. At the Command Prompt she needs to type chkdsk /r (including the space) and that will start a five stage process of checking the disk structure and file system, and that might fix any errors it finds.

That procedure is sometimes enough to fix this problem but there are other suggestions if this one fails.


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I've been having this issue with my Asus laptop for a year now and no technicial seems to be able to resolve it. Nor are they able to tell me what seems to be the problem.
It all started when I was using my computer normally. I was on Vista (even though I'm not 100% sure, I might have already changed to Win 7 64 bit by then). The computer had already been working fine for a year since the purchase. Then, once in a while it would start freezing. In less than a week it would freeze so often that it was becoming impossible to work. In about a week the freezing became permanent - the lamp that indicated the HD in process would light up and stay on while the computer would freeze and stop responding almost immediately all commands. Then it would rebbot, but fail to load windows. I would get the "a disk read error occurred - press ctr + alt + del to restart". Restarting usually lead to the same error screen, however manually switching it off and on would usually load the windows but very soon it would freeze again. Sometimes it freezes while using windows, sometimes before even loading it, on the bl ack"Asus" screen, or while loading the Windows logo.
I have tried reinstalling windows several times, sometimes even during the installation it would randomly freeze or loose the HD when it came to selecting partition... Sometimes it actually went to the end, but the new installation never lasted long.. A couple of dayss and then all over again.
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A:Disk read error occurred

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I get the "A disk read error occurred" message in Window 7 boot up.
In some weird fashion when I hit F9 to use my motherboard's recovery disk and it asks me to install the disk and then I reset my computer without doing anything, it works.
When I restart my PC, the problem returns.
Help anybody?

A:A disk read error occurred

Do you have any USB sticks, USB drives, media/SD Cards, or printers with card readers built in? If so disconnect them and reboot.

Or you could have a failing hard drive. What is the make and model of the hard drive in the computer?

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Hello guys, I need help.

Just last week, I noticed my pc suddenly freezes in the middle of a movie or while playing a game, at first I thought it was just lag or something, till I realized it was my hard drive somehow failing.

I have two harddrives on my pc, main is 320G and a slave drive of 2tb. most of my files were saved on the slave drive (I only have the system files on the master drive), and upon checking with a hard drive tool I noticed that my 2tb drive had some bad sectors in them (that's where the game and the movies were located, so.. figures)

I did a checkdisk utility and also reinstalled the game to the masterdrive just to be sure, was planning to back up the slave drive *but 2tb is hard to back up huhu*

anyway, just a couple of hours ago, my pc suddenly restarted showing the "disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart" message, and goes on a loop, never entering the windows page.

most of the sites I have visited says that usually this is caused by a failing hard disk. I am appalled to hear that both of my hard drives have failed at almost the same time. Upon checking with the hdd utility my master drive seemed to be in a healthy state and didn't have any warning signs of a failing hard drive.

What are the ways I could remedy this? and what caused this issue? is this coincidence that both drives failed at the same time, or something else is making the drives fail?

Please help???

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Dear BleepingComputer:Okay, on HP Desktop Pavillion a1000y, running Windows XP SP3.This just started happening this morning; Computer was working fine earlier today; I have made no HW or SW changes lately.When booting, i see the HP-Invent Splashscreen, then I get the following error message:A Disk Read Error Occurred Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to Restart. If I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, I see the HP Splashscreen then get the same error.I can get into the BIOS [F11], but don't know what to do in there that would be helpful.If I try to get into the Recovery Console [F10], I get the following error message (BSOD?):STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}The windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc0000034 (0x00000000 0x00000000).The system has been shut down.Any thoughts? Thanks!

A:A Disk Read Error Occurred

What kind of hard drive do you have installed?

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My computer (while running a few days ago) starting making a funny clicking sound. When I heard the sound, I restarted the machine, thinking there was a malfunction. Turns out there was - I got a "Disk Read Error Has Occurred" message and I could not even get to the Windows XP loading screen. I even tried to start the laptop in safe mode, but that did not work either. I got the same error. My computer is a 1.5 year old Dell Inspiron 700m and I have never had any hardware problems until now. My guess is that the HD is damaged (but from what I have not idea).

Question #1: Is is repairable?
Question #2: If the HD needs to be replaced is there anyway to recover at least a portion of what is on the current HD? I have some fairly vital files (financials, etc) that haven't been backed up in a while.

A:Disk Read Error has Occurred

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I have an HP workstation running windows xp. Both the 80gb drives are being recognized by BIOS. When booting the computer I get the error, A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del. I think ive had this problem before I really dont know where to start. Some assistance please?

A:A disk read error occurred

??? Anyone ???

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