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disk read error when attempting to intall windows 7 from bootable USB

Q: disk read error when attempting to intall windows 7 from bootable USB

Hi, I've had my current PC for a few years now and in that time I've done a fresh installation of Win7 several times always via USB. Today I inserted my trusty flash drive, set it as priority device in BIOS and after pressing "any key to boot from USB" I get hit with "A disk read error occurred". This has never happened before and I'm using the same 8GB flash drive I've always used.

I've spent the entire day reading threads on here and other forums and am absolutely stuck. Here's what I have done thus far:

- Tried the flash drive in every available USB port

- Created a new ISO from my original win7 disc and put it on USB using different methods (Rufus, WinToUSB, wintobootic and even just using the classic CMD)

- Tested the flash drive on 2 other computers, both of which were able to boot and load the Windows installer without issue

- Tried several other flash drives, all gave the same error but worked fine on the other computers

- Tested a flash drive with Ubuntu which worked fine so I know I'm not unable to boot from USB full stop

- Looked around BIOS to change things people have suggested but none of the options like disabling secure boot appear for me. This really shouldn't be an issue anyway as it's always worked before.

Now, there have been 2 very odd things happen. Firstly, after trying for hours and hours I unplugged the hard drive I had in there (sata) and replaced it with a brand new one (ssd). When I pressed a key to boot I didn't get an error and windows actually started loading but then I got a BSOD. On the next start up it's the same 'disk read error' message and I never got beyond that again.

Secondly, when I was searching for spare flash drives to try I found a really old one loaded with Vista. The first time I tried that it booted fine and I got to the installation window. However the next time I tried this I got the 'disk read error'. Not that I want to install Vista anyway but I'm really not sure what to make of that.... very strange, no? That made me re-check the Ubuntu USB but that still worked the several times I tried it.

I found a youtube video of someone with the exact same problem and they resolved it by unplugging the mouse and other devices apart from the keyboard but that didn't work for me. If it wasn't for the fact that I am able to boot the Ubuntu USB I probably would have written this off as a hardware problem.

My DVD-R drive died awhile ago but I could replace that and install via the disc but I'm concerned I'd get the same error booting that way too. Am I likely too?

Sorry for the long post.

Is there anything else I can try? I have a asrock n68-s3 ucc mobo if that helps at all.

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Using DVD with Windows 10 provided by Dell I created a bootable USB in order to install windows 10 on my laptop. 
However, after recovering procedure laptops displays message: 
No bootable devices found
press F1 to retry boot 
F2 for setup utility 
F5 to run onboard diagnostics.
Please help!

A:No bootable devices found after attempting to install windows 10 from bootable USB on Dell Precision 3510

Please run the Diagnostic tool to check hardware on the system by following steps below:
1. Power off system
2. Power on system, quickly tap the F12 key continuously until you see Preparing one time boot menu in the top right corner of the screen. In the boot menu, stroll down to Diagnostic and then click it. After quick tests, click on Hard Drive and then Thorough Test Mode. Report back any error code.

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I always get windows boot manager error no matter what i do. Even if i set my microsoft bootable drive it still goes to windows boot manager error. I also tried removing any external devices even changed the flash drive i use for bootable drive but it
still doesn't work. The only time bootable drive works was when i remove the hdd. I can't access F8 no matter what so ican't access safe mode and cmd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance,
Aeqvinox

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

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

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

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I've been trying to clone my Yoga 2 11 500gb HDD drive to a 500gb SSD. I've tried two different cloning software: Acronis True Image 2014 and Macrium Reflect. Both return the same error: error 10: Unused cluster. Both suggested I use chkdsk /r to repair. I was able to find a little more information from Macrium Reflect; that the bad/unused cluster is in the SYSTEM_DRV partition. The rest of the disk/partitions seem to be fine. I ran Windows chkdsk /r several times. Doesn't seem to repair issue. Any word on how I can repair or replace that SYSTEM_DRV partition?


























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Hi.

Last night I reinstalled xp, but did not have all info about the drives in this machine. The internet connection was not working so I went to dell and got what I thought I needed and installed. After that, internet connection was still not working. Now when I start the computer I get a "hard disk read failure no bootable devices" message.
Help please.
Thank you.
 

A:hard disk read failure no bootable devices

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Hi guys;

I am trying to make (6) bootable disks for Windows XP Professional. I downlaoded the file from "http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=55820EDB-5039-4955-BCB7-4FED408EA73F". However when I click on this file I downloaded, an error screen shows up.........
[B]"16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem"
"C:\DOCUME~1\Johan\LOCALS~1\Temp\IXP000.TMP\makeboot.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\S32EVNT1.DLL.An installable Virtual Device Driver failed Dll initialization. Choose 'close' to terminate the application. [/B]
It is a one error, but very big..... What does this error mean? How to fix it? Also, anybody know where to get "Windows XP automatted System Recovery Disk" or is it the same as other (6) bootable disks?

Please Help.....................
 

A:Error Occurs when making Windows XP bootable Disk(s)

I guess Symantec's antivirus application or similar is preventing raw floppy writes.

You can create an ASR floppy disk with XP's Backup utility.
 

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I'm getting that message from an external DVD burner (pacific digital). The disks giving the error work in my internal cd reader drive. This is a new error. I've been able to use this burner for 5 months with no problem. I've tried reverting my system to before the error started but no good. I tried using a different USB port - no joy.

I plugged the device into my boss's laptop and it worked. On my laptop, I tried going into device manager and deleting the port and rebooting. No good. The device shows up as Toshiba CD/DVDW SD-r5372 USB, not sure why - I've been unable to find a download to update the driver.
 

A:DVD USB RW error: Disk is not formatted - windows cannot read from this disk

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Hello, I've been using my computer (Vista ultimate 64bit) for awhile without problems until a few days ago. I noticed the harddrive was running hard and there were 3 processes that usually arn't running (WMI Provider Host). So I figured it was doing an update or something important so I let it run, a few minutes later we had a blackout and my surge protector didn't work. Booted back up to find it saying the following:

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000F
Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
It also says to use the install disk to use repair but it doesn't work. And on top of that the repair menu says "Operating system: Unknown on unknown local disk."
Is there any way to fix it without having to reinstalling windows?

P.S.- I'm pretty sure it also said something about a corrupt system registry but it's not showing that anymore.
 

A:Error attempting to read boot config Data

Update: I've read other threads about this and nothing they have done seem to work. I've tried running the following commands in the console and they don't work:
BOOTREC /FIXMBR
BOOTREC /FIXBOOT
BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD
And they all are succesful except on rebuildBCD and it says the OS cannot be found even though in the list it shows C:/Windows as the first and only OS.
 

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Error 1316A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\WINDOWs\Installer\UPDATEPrevx2.msiI cannot install Prevx2 on this computer. Microsoft Windows XP HomeWindows XP Personal Service Pack 2Kernel Version 5.1.2600.3093Security 128 bitsBuild Lab 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254Automatic Updates Automatic (Recommended)System Restore DisabledERUNT 1.1j AVG Anti-Rootkit FreeKeyScrambler NOD32 antivirus systemSophos Anti-Rootkit 1.3.1 Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 SpywareBlaster v3.5.1Windows Firewall CCleaner JkDefrag 3.16 Recuva RegSupreme Pro 7-Zip 4.42 CDBurnerXP Pro 3 3.0.116 Foxit Reader Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_15 1.4.2_15 Microsoft Visual C Runtime 8.0.0 Mozilla Firefox (2.0.0.6) (en-US) Mozilla Thunderbird (2.0.0.6) (en-US)Opera 9.23 Windows Internet Explorer 7 NVIDIA Display Driver NVIDIA nForce Drivers No problem installing it on the other: XP Pro with many of the same programs, except paid version of Wordweb, JV16 instead of RegSupreme Pro, WinZip and WinRAR instead of 7-Zip, and the addition of IceSword, Sandboxie, K-ninja, and K-meleon

A:A Network Error Occurred While Attempting To Read From The File:

Error 1316A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\WINDOWs\Installer\UPDATEPrevx2.msiI cannot install Prevx2 on this computer. Microsoft Windows XP HomeWindows XP Personal Service Pack 2Kernel Version 5.1.2600.3093Security 128 bitsBuild Lab 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254Automatic Updates Automatic (Recommended)System Restore DisabledERUNT 1.1j AVG Anti-Rootkit FreeKeyScrambler NOD32 antivirus systemSophos Anti-Rootkit 1.3.1 Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 SpywareBlaster v3.5.1Windows Firewall CCleaner JkDefrag 3.16 Recuva RegSupreme Pro 7-Zip 4.42 CDBurnerXP Pro 3 3.0.116 Foxit Reader Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_15 1.4.2_15 Microsoft Visual C Runtime 8.0.0 Mozilla Firefox (2.0.0.6) (en-US) Mozilla Thunderbird (2.0.0.6) (en-US)Opera 9.23 Windows Internet Explorer 7 NVIDIA Display Driver NVIDIA nForce Drivers No problem installing it on the other: XP Pro with many of the same programs, except paid version of Wordweb, JV16 instead of RegSupreme Pro, WinZip and WinRAR instead of 7-Zip, and the addition of IceSword, Sandboxie, K-ninja, and K-meleonSomeone here practice some sort of magic. The problem has gone, so far. I am in my apt in nyc. i'm attending the infosecurity representing, Subliminal Eclectic Enquiry, the eccentric virtual and real research company that I work for. You have to attend one of these.well my problem gone, mysteriously. Seems some other folk had the same. Any... Read more

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Help I can't get past the booting error and there is no way for me to pass this? I've tried many things and can't get past it

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

OS: Vista x64 Bit

A:Error while attempting to read boot configuration data?

Please see this article. It has some suggestions. https://neosmart.net/wiki/0xc000000f..._48120c000000f

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Hi, I was running Windows 7 on a Dell Vostro 3700 Laptop..After doing a spyware scan and finding and deleting all the entries I found, the next time I turned it on I get the error: oxc000000f "An error occured while attmepting to read the boot configuration data File: \Boot\BCD"

I have looked online for solutions and tried using the Windows 7 disc (a copy) and also tried using 3 recovery disks, these all fail because it just stays completely black with a cursor (left for hours even) or I get a error message something around the lines of "insert correct boot media into the correct boot device" and I have no idea what this means. I cannot do a repair because I can only get the Windows disc to load if I remove the hard drive?? this is the only way I have got it past the green loading bar, so I am stuck and have no idea what to do..it only seems to respond to cds if the hard drive is removed?.. this all happened very suddenly and now I have a very expensive ?800 paperweight.. Any help massively appreciated!

To add to this - I also tried the command prompt typing the bootrec.exe code that I found on the internet..selecting command prompt from the option when the Windows 7 disc was loaded, but basically it came up with an error of some sort and it had a drive letter of X:/ on the command prompt ?? ..Also to get to this the hard drive was removed because like I said I cannot get the discs working with it in.. I'm guessing this means the ha... Read more

A:An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data!

Go to your BIOS and set the CD as the first boot device, your hard drive as second.

If this lets you boot from the Win7 CD with the HDD installed run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

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Hi all, im getting that message upon startup. Im running windows 7.
It requests for the windows recovery CD to be inserted, so when I put the CD in to boot I get a "windows is loading files" then a starting windows with the windows logo then just a black screen with a cursor, I left it like this several times for at least an hour an nothing happened.
I can't press F8 to access safe mode etc, nothing will happen.
Pressing F12 to boot from CD just does the same thing as putting the CD in normally.

Help please!?

A:An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

It seems the CD is damaged.
Burn a new Windows 7 Recovery CD on another computer.
You can download the image or make a copy of a functional Windows 7 Recovery CD.

Boot the new Recovery CD and run automatic StartUp Repair up to three times as sugested in the forum manuals !

Good luck!

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Hi
 
This is the full error message I encountered--> An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data File: \Boot\BCD
 
1) I have an old Dell Vostro 410, Windows Vista, configured to RAID 1 the whole time.
 
2) I wasn't able to boot it up one day, pressing the on button only got an amber light momentarily. From the symptom,  I replaced the CMOS battery as suggested by someone online and the PC was able to be powered up but it got to a blue screen--> https://www.dropbox.com/s/nyeoq0gwz4i3f2b/2013-12-21%2000.44.17.jpg
 
3) I realized that's because all the settings on BIOS has been wiped out after I took out the old battery, the "SATA mode" in BIOS was set to IDE instead of RAID, so I set it back to RAID as shown--> https://www.dropbox.com/s/u6oxdg8m092v0vr/2013-12-23%2000.01.31.jpg
 
4) I tried rebooting the the system again, this time I can see that RAID has been setup accordingly-->  https://www.dropbox.com/s/a708qln2oehrm75/2013-12-23%2000.03.57.jpg   and  https://www.dropbox.com/s/1sfrpfrxtkgke2n/2013-12-22%2023.58.37.jpg
 
5) But the rebooting was terminated with the message "an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/orgkn29qaj0nxsb/2013-12-22%2017.48.20.jpg 
 
6) Following the on screen instruction, I tried booting from "Windows installation" CD to repair it, however after pressing a key on the following screen,... Read more

A:An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

When you removed the CMOS battery it set the BIOS to the default settings.  I suspect you will have to rebuild your RAID configuration.

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Hi All,

I have read most of the messages related to this. Unfortunately ASUS doesn't ship with a Vista disk and the Recovery DVD doesn't boot.

Details shown are

File:†† \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
Info:† "an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data"

Operating medium - Windows Vista

Any suggestions, Pls? I may have to return to Techs who MAY have a Vista disk.

Cheers

A:an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data (Vista)

Hi Wawny,

Thank you for the post.

The error message usually indicates that the boot sector is damaged or missing.

We can try to use the following methods to troubleshoot the issue. However, performing the following steps requires a Windows Vista installation disk. If you do not have a disk, please contact your computer manufacturer or Microsoft Customer Service or to obtain one.

Microsoft Customer Service: (800) 426-9400, available Monday through Friday, from 6:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Pacific Time.

Note: Microsoft Customer Service mainly handles issues regarding replacement manuals, disks, drivers and service packs, product IDs, lost CD keys, product orders, policies related to copying software on additional computers, licensing, and product registration.

Method 1: Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
============================================
1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer.†
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD ?". appears.
3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next.†
4. Click Repair your computer.†
5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next.†
6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on Repair your computer.
7. Click the operating system that you want to repai... Read more

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Have HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
Intel(R)Core(TM)2 Duo CPU
P7450 @ 2.13 GHz
6.0 GB RAM
64-bit OS
No Pen or Touch Input is avail for this display
I have Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1; MS Office 2007

The message I get is:
"You are attempting to open a file that was created in an earlier version of MS Office. This file is blocked from opening in this version by your registry policy settings."

I have tried to run "Fix It," and it failed.
The old Word file from 1994 is before Windows 95; probably Win 3.1 or Win 3.11.

I am hoping someone out there can help me read my really old files! Thank you!

I also have some old database files I need to run (not Access); but are Borland's Visual dBase Pro 5.5 or slightly older (1992 .dbf files). I actually have the CD-ROM for the Borland program. Do I dare install it? (The CD cover says it "supports Windows 95 & Windows 3.1, and the Crystal Info Report Builder program that goes with it). Or, is there a way to convert these to Access, and the old Word files to 2007 (without having to buy the 2010 ver of Word)?
 

A:Attempting to read (1994!) Word file on 3.5" disk using MS Word 2007

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e:\$Mft windows -delayed write failed

error:disk read error - read fails, the system cannot find the file specified.
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these are the error messages that come up when I run my external hdd. What is the possibility that it is caused by a virus called minesweeper. My anti virus can not detect it. Please help.

A:e:\$Mft windows -delayed write failed . error:disk read error

anyone please ?

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Hi,

I have exactly the same issue as the person on this page, however I have already tried the three solutions and neither work, further explanation below.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com.../thread/022386ba-a445-44ba-97f7-d8ba4b6cc54b/

I was watching a DVD on my PC last night when it began to stutter and finally the system completely froze. I would like it 5 min and then the PC would work again for roughly 5 sec before crashing again, I let this go on for about 20mins but the PC never fixed itself so I rebooted. On rebooting I got the above message.

1. My first attempt to fix it was using safemode, this however didn't work and it prompted me to use the repair progam on the Vista installation disk .

2. I booted from the vista disk and tried a start-up repair. This ran, said something was fixed and asked me to reboot. I did this but to no avail therefore I went back to the repair centre.

3. I did not have system restore turned on so this option was not useful to me.

4. I then read something suggesting I use Bootrec. However I tried running bootrec /RebuildBcd but it could not find my OS, instead I used the following commands;

* bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
* c:
* cd boot
* attrib bcd -s -h -r
* ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
* bootrec /RebuildBcd

This however didn't work either.

5. I left the PC overnight and now things seem to be worse. When I try and use repair centre it does not actually detect a HDD with Vista installed, it does however still let me p... Read more

A:Answer an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data (Vista)

If you can take the HD out and put it into another PC as Slave and see if your data is still readable.
 

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Hi there

I am really stumped! I created a backup of some photos onto CD ROM using a program called Picasa2 (produced by Google). The job appeared to complete properly but when I try and access the CD from Explorer or My Computer it reports that "Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with Windows."

I am running Windows XP and have tried the disk in another computer CD drive (and that computer is running XP too!) and this disk reads just fine.

Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing my CD drive to be reporting this error? Or how I go about trouble shooting the drive?

Thanks for any help.
Lottie
 

A:Windows cannot read from this disk ... error

The disk may be corrupt, and the other cd drive you tryed it on may be able to read corrupt cds better. Or..your cd drive may be dirty and need cleaning. Try reburning the cd and see if that helps. Also..did any errors come up when you burnt the cd w/ Picasa? Good luck..just keep in mine some times cds are just bad.
 

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I have one particular user at my workplace who recently had problems with her computer.

Each time she turned on her computer, an error message appears saying that "A disk read error has occured, Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to restart". Her computer is an HP Compaq DC7800 desktop computer and she is running Windows XP Professional.

In order to get rid of that particular problem, she has to restart her computer around 7 or 8 times - just to get that particular problem removed. Based on my further research, I believe that her particular hard drive is about to fail and/or have so many bad sectors on it. I've tried doing a fdisk /mbr command to fix the problem (using a Windows 98SE CD - to be honest), but that didn't make the cut.

Anyways, what type of advice you could give to me if I want to recover data from the old drive into getting data into the new drive?

A:disk read error in Windows XP

sorry if I mistakenly post this in the Windows Server 2003/2008/etc. forum, but if there are any moderators who come to see this thread, please move this into the "Windows XP Support" Forum.

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Hi guys,

I have an MSI-16G5 from the beginning i ha Win7 but eventually i upgraded it to win10.
My laptop was running smoothly with win10 for about a year.
One day before work i used it and it was perfectly fine, but when i came home and started it it says something like "Disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to solve the problem" but all it does is to restart and get back to the same thing.

Now, i have read about this a bit and i knoow that this can be solved by format the hard drive, unfortunately i cannot even get in to BIOS, also know that its possible to make a pen-drive bootable and then re-install Win.
But i want to know, is there any other way that is in particular easy?
What do i need to do to so i wont loose everything on my hard drive?

Thanks in advance

A nervous dude
 

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Hi, I installed windows 7 recently and had no problems, then I started adding external hard drives, only to find windows 7 would hold with a flashing curser, when i disconected the hard drives wand rebooted win7 it would start normaly, so for a couple of weeks if I needed to reboot I would disconect the hdd`s, but for the last week new errors are occurring, if my comp reboots itself I get an error message saying disk read error press alt delete etc to restart, then I sometimes get another error message saying boot image corrupt, if i restart again it sometimes go`s into win 7 repair after the attempted repair i get a message saying win7 has a problem communicating with a device like a hdd, it also says status: OxcOOOOOe9 info: an unexpected I/O error has occurred.
could this mean the Hdd drive is on its way out, any help guys, I am pannicking a little, I have some very important docs on the hard drive. thanks
 

A:windows 7 disk read error

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Hi i'm having problems reinstalling windows 7. I'm trying to reformat my OS. Anyways when i start the installation from the disk i choose install updates automatically or whatever, and then i go to custom installation i think it said, when i get there it says i don't have any device driver or something. It doesn't show my default OS drive © or (D). It says i need to select the drive or something like that. I can't remember exactly.

A:Windows 7 intall error

What is the original reason for reinstalling Windows?
Did the computer come with Windows 7 preinstalled?
Is it still under warranty?
What type of disks do you use for reinstallation?

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Recently, I was messing around with my HDD's partitions in GParted. I resized my Windows 7 partition and made a new NTFS for Windows XP, and a new ext2 for Puppy Linux. I installed the GRUB Bootloader and all my partitions booted fine off of it except for Windows 7. I later found out this has something to do with the Master Boot Record and that I should install GRUB and then install Windows 7. I was okay with this for a while, but Windows XP couldnt boot many applications from the Windows 7 partition because I have it's x64. I eventually realized that I hadn't made my Windows XP partition large enough (only 3 gig) for anything I wanted to do with it. After a few days, I just deleted the Windows XP and Puppy Linux partitions and was back to having just my Windows 7 partition. I was hoping everything would be magically better, but when I restarted my computer, the BIOS told me a "disk read error" had occurred and "press any key to restart".

I put in a Puppy Linux Live CD and opened up GParted again. GParted showed me that my HDD was now just one big block of Unallocated space. Then I looked in the lower-left corner of the screen and saw that I still had 4 partitions (sda1, sda2, sda3, sda4). sda1 is now my Windows 7 partition, sda2 is now my Windows XP partition, and for some reason sda3 and sda4 are both HP Recovery partitions.

I tried everything I could think of to save myself. I popped in the Windows 7 Upgrade Disk (I had been running Vista before) and... Read more

A:Windows 7 not booting (Disk read error)

Unfortunately, I would bite the bullet and format and reinstall... You have messed around with the partitions so much that recovery looks almost impossible... Good Luck..

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I have recently put together a new computer, everything is brand new. After putting it together, I installed Windows XP Home from cd onto a new seagate 160gig UATA HD. Everything goes well, the windows xp installation is completed and I am asked to restart the computer. However, once I restart, as it is booting up the HD, I am confronted with a disk read error, that I must restart the computer (with same results each time). I tried reformatting the HD several times and used the utilities on the seagate disc and installing windows xp over again but I get the same msg regardless of what I do. Please help!!
Asus K8VSE mobo
1 gig corsair
BFG tech 6800gt
430W
 

A:Windows XP- disk read error after installation

Welcome to TSG.

Did you run the Diagnostic Software?
 

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I bought two new SSDs to be used in a RAID 0 configuration with a Dell 9020 under Windows 10.

Before the drives I arrived I configured two old HDDs in RAID 0 and installed Windows 10 as a clean install. This worked perfectly.

Once the new SSDs arrived I configured these in RAID 0 and started a clean install. Windows correctly identified the disk and the capacity and the install completed without issue.

When the computer restarts I got a "A disk read error occurred" error.

If I boot from the installation media to a command prompt I can see that the Windows files have been correctly installed to the C drive of the RAID 0 array.

I try fixing the MBR but this does not solve the issue.

I also tried loading the RAID drive during Windows install but this made no difference, and if it was the driver causing the issue it would not have worked with my old HDDs.

If I open diskpart I see that the drive is not marked as boot, which it is when I check these details on the old HDDs in RAID0.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

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Okay, so i am at a total loss as to what to do. I have a backup Dell Inspirion laptop running Windows XP Pro. The battery is dead, so when i was rearranging my office i forgot about that and unplugged it (which then shut it down improperly). When I started it back up, it says "disk read error ... press ctl alt del". I then restarted it and tried to get into safe mode or some recovery/repair options but none of the F keys work (except F2, which just takes me to BIOS). Next I set BIOS to boot from CD and tried to restart with the Windows XP CD. It proceeded as normal, and said press enter to boot from disk ... then i can hear the disk working, but only a black screen shows, it won't boot up. I let it run like that for a while hoping it would start but it didn't.

I also tried one of the Ultimate Boot Disks, which it did boot into, but it didn't give me any chkdsk options. Tried XP CD again but still would not work. Also, i noticed that the up arrow, and a lot of the keys on the top row did not work (i.e. r, i, etc). I guess my next attempt will be to boot into a Knoppix/Linux live CD and 1) transfer my data out, if hopefully it's still there. 2) see if i can get to a command prompt to run chkdsk or scandisk etc. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to fix this. I just installed a new hard drive (250 GB) a couple months ago, and formatted it as NTFS. Please Help ...

A:disk read error, won't boot into Windows XP CD

IMO, worth reading: Disk Read Error.Louis

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Hi,

My build is as follows
Gigabyte 970A-DS3P Motherboard
AMD FX6300 CPU
8gb HYPER X FURY RAM
Gigabyte geforce gtx 750ti graphics card
320gb hitachi sata hdd
evga 500w white power supply

Heres my problem.
Its a new build and everything was going perfectly fine until after i installed the motherboard drivers and graphics card drivers. It would restart and work fine until next time it was shut down and started again. I would then get the start up repair loop where anything you chose took you to start up repair, safe mode, vga mode, start windows normally etc all went to start up repair.

So i let it repair and it restored me back to before the drivers were installed. So i then tried installing the drivers through windows instead of from the manufacturers website. Same again all worked fine for a while then a day later it froze on me and i had to restart - led me back to start up repair. Except this time it can't repair, it said restart to fix the errors or something but then goes straight back to start up repair over and over again.

So i turned the computer off and was going to try to access cmd to fix any boot errors and so on. But now when it starts up I get drive read error press ctrl alt delete to restart. I thought id try to do a clean install of windows from the usb i originally installed from. But i still get a drive read error from that when i start up, even if i disconnect the hard drive and select the usb from boot options. So i messed around with ... Read more

A:Drive read error - hdd and bootable usb not booting.

Is your Windows 7 Copy a retail or a preinstalled one?

If it is retail,insert the DVD,set the boot priority in BIOS to DVD drive,select Repair your computer and select Startup Repair.

I can see that your motherboard drivers are causing this issue.Leave them uninstalled and then you will see what to do next.

If that didn't fix the issue,select Command Prompt and type:

sfc /scannow

Please post the results.

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Computer was working fine last night, was on it about 10:30 pm left it on as I always do and when I got up the error messsage was on the screen.

Disk Read Error press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart but it just keeps going back to that error page. I tried tapping F8 to see if it would go to safe mode but it will not. It will go to system recovery I tried to get to system restore that way it asked to do that instead of a recovery but just back to the error page. Can anyone tell me whats wrong? or what to try? or if it is the hard drive?
 

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Whats this mean A Disk Read Error Occured Press CTRL+ALT+DEL To Restart , on the start the windows and needs to restart .

Is this not good hard disk ,harddisk error or what ?
 

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TLDR: I get the "A disk read error occurred" error but the system disk is readable and checks OK in the recovery USB.

So, I have two hard drives--a terabyte drive with some data on it and a smaller drive with the win7 installation on it--and a USB drive. I made the USB drive into a recovery USB using the instructions here Installing Windows 7 System Recovery into USB Flash Drive | Raymond.CC Blog with the addendum found in the comments. I made a system image of the smaller drive via the control panel and then put the image in the terabyte drive. I then replaced my smaller hard drive with a new drive of a comparable size.

In order to restore the drive, I booted into the recovery USB, formatted the new hard drive with ntfs, made it active, and ran
wbadmin start recovery -version:xxx -items:C: -itemtype:Volume -backupTarget:C: -recoveryTarget:

where C was the terabyte drive and D is the new drive. I may have the drives mixed up here, but I assure you I had them correct when I actually ran the command

After a reset, I got some generic error so I went back into the bios, and set the new drive to be at the top of all boot lists, and then rebooted. It was at this time I got the above error. I feared that my drive was actually DOA, so I booted back into the recovery. I did a D:;dir and saw that all of my old files did indeed exist, so I figure it was a boot issue. I ran the boot repair utility in the recovery menu and it said there were no errors and I should... Read more

A:A disk read error has occurred but disk can be read

If you have the Repair CD on USB flash, then boot into it and select Recover Using an Image, browse to the WindowsImageBackup file on 1tb, reimage it to the new HD.

Or if you have WD or Seagate on either end, use their excellent free Acronis cloning app on the Downloads webpage for your model. Then just clone the old HD over to the new one without the 1tb plugged in.

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Hey,
I'm getting error message on reboot saying "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". After 2 or 3 times the laptop starts normally. I also get occasional blue screens of death with error message "Stop 0:0x0000000F4". I have re-installed windows, checked my drivers. Hard drive and RAM is working fine.
Is there anything I can do software wise? I'm using windows 7, 64 bit, 4th Gen OS. My laptop model is Lenovo IdeaPad G510.
Any sort of help would be highly appreciated.
 

A:Disk read error and BSODs on Lenovo G510 (Windows 7, 64bit OS)

The next time you're able to boot into your system I would recommend running CrystalDiskInfo to check your hard drive's health. It's a nifty little freeware application that I find pretty helpful. It has yet to fail me. Just google the name and you should be able to find the download site, it's usually the first result.
 

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After using Norton speed disk (from Nortion systemworks 2003) on the 2nd of 2 drives on my Dell Lattitude CPi laptop, windows xp won't start up. I keep getting the message disk write error. won't you please, please help me...

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

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

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

Anyways this is giving me alot of stress..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi, I have a toshiba satellite C650 that has recently come up with a disk read error. I want to access the command prompt to try some potential solutions that I have read about on the internet. I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop which also has Windows 7 installed. When I use the recovery disk and it has loaded the files etc it just brings up a black screen and the cursor. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening? I tried booting my acer laptop from the recovery disk and it worked fine. Also does anyone have any suggestions as to why I am getting the 'disk read error - hit ctrl, alt and delete to restart' message? Any help would be much appretiated, thanks.

A:Disk read error and recovery disk not working?

Hi -- First go in and fill out your system specs completely. == Are both of the PC's using the same Win 7, Home Premium or whatever the case may be? Are they both OEM or Retail?

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I tried to recover my Acer Aspire V5 using the recovery disk I just paid $44.95 for.  When I got to the point where it says remove recovery disk and press ok to continue, I thought I was in the home stretch.  But instead, I received a "no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key error".  Can't figure out what to do.  I have no other disk for this computer.  Thought this receovery disk was supposed to be a one stop fix to restore my computer to its condition when I bought it.  Any help greatly appreciated.











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A:Recovery disk error Aspire V5 - no bootable device...

Go to bios and change boot mode to legacy or uefi. Whichever it's not.

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So I started up my computer today and I got this smart hard disk error message which normally I just skip and then I get no bootable device insert boot disk and press any key it usually passes after like a minute or so but this time my computer won't start up at all and I looked online and alot of solutions are saying like either replace the computer or the hard drive and I don't have that kind of money to be replacing it or taking it to the repair shop and having them charge me for something I could have fixed myself and I tried opening the boot menu but it doesn't work to complicated and even if I do manage to get the boot menu open it won't let me use any of the options it's not highlighting over anything I have an HP pavilion dv7 and I run windows 7 on it I tried running start up and hard disk tests in system diagnostics but it says failed what do I do I just wanna be able to start up the computer and play my games it was working fine yesterday.
 

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I tried to recover my Acer Aspire V5 using the recovery disk I just paid $44.95 for.  When I got to the point where it says remove recovery disk and press ok to continue, I thought I was in the home stretch.  But instead, I received a "no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key error".  Can't figure out what to do.  I have no other disk for this computer.  Thought this receovery disk was supposed to be a one stop fix to restore my computer to its condition when I bought it.  Any help greatly appreciated.












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A:Recovery disk error Aspire V5 - no bootable device...

Go to bios and change boot mode to legacy or uefi. Whichever it's not.

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I have this dell Optiplex GX520 that will give me the no bootable error unless I have the vista install disk in a external dvd drive . The Bios sees the Hard Drive but can't boot it up. With the DVD it just ask if you would like to boot from the CD/DVD and when that screen times out it goes right into Vista no problem. Secondly it wont see the internal DVD drive but the drive works in another computer. Any help would be nice. Oh and I updated the BIOS to see if that won't fix the problem no luck tho'.
 

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I used ESET sysrescue live which creates a bootable OS of ESET in pendrive for effective scanning.I inserted the pendrive and strated the laptop. A warning popped up saying "the NTFS partion with label 'windows' is hibernated". I restarted my laptop and From then, It is showing a warning "no bootable device-- insert bootable disk and press any key". Please help to resolve the issue. 

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I used ESET sysrescue live which creates a bootable OS of ESET in pendrive for effective scanning.I inserted the pendrive and strated the laptop. A warning popped up saying "the NTFS partion with label 'windows' is hibernated". I restarted my laptop and From then, It is showing a warning "no bootable device-- insert bootable disk and press any key". Please help to resolve the issue. 

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Hi guys,

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

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

Now....

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

What could be the issue here?

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

Thanks in Advance

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During Windows backup, which wants to backup the 'C' drive and my games drive 'E' (for some reason), I get the following error message after the 'C' backup has completed but not the 'E':

'The backup operation that started at '‎2015‎-‎12‎-‎20T06:00:25.459859400Z' has failed with following error code '0x8078012D' (The operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk, run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.'

I ran CHKDSK \R and received several errors of the type: 'A disk read error occurred 0000185. The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters detected in file xxxxxx of name xxxxxx.'

My 'E' drive is 2TB with 205GB free. I really don't believe that the cluster(s) in error are bigger than 205G, but what do I know?

Anyone have experience with this problem?

Thanks.

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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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