Disk read error message

Emachines E-machines m6000 series laptop...
March 25, 2010 at 13:06:41
Specs: Windows XP
Anyone know how to fix a disk read error message? I was on laptop working fine then shut it down for a few when I went to turn on it read disk read error message, press ctrl,alt,del. to restart but nothing happens, it takes right back to the same screen?? help please... prbonz71ataol.com

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March 25, 2010 at 14:05:38
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

If you don't which brand of hard drive you have Seagate's SeaTools will test any brand, do the LONG test, but it can only attempt to get rid of fewer than 100 bad sectors on a Seagate or Maxtor drive ( attempting the repair will wipe the data off the whole drive). Ignore the drive has been overtemp message, if you get that, if it's not a Seagate or Maxtor drive.

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