A disk read error occurred & Boot Failure

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January 27, 2010 at 00:18:54
Specs: Windows XP
my hard drive is new one ....i suddenly stopped using my system ..and started after 15 days ....suddenly i found ...deskttop was hanged ..icould not open any of the drives ....immediadetly i restarted it ....but found a error ....DISK READ ERROR OCCURED once again i re started it ....this time it showed me BOOT FAILURE .. this is the first time i came accross it ...while booting hard disk was detected ...but when i checked in other system ...it was not detected .....so i bouugt a new one ....the same thing happened after 15 days of usage of the new one ...i want to know why this is happening ...

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January 27, 2010 at 08:58:46
i think something like 1/5 hard drives die in the first 30 days, so it COULD just be a fluke and you got 2 bad drives. If you killed two drives with the same PC, though, we have to consider other possibilities in the computer.

what are your power supply specs? do you properly ground yourself before working in your PC?

if you try the hard drive in another PC and it's not detected, odds are it's the drive and not your PC

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January 27, 2010 at 23:46:27
some ..of my friends assisted me to ...check whether there is a fault in the ups ...but i confirmed that the battery was weak so i renewed it . i didnt face any trouble with my smps since i used it for continous 6 months before this happened ....grounding is good ...do you think delay of using pc for 2 weeks or more .....cause faults in hdds ....for more information ...it even showed some errors like EXCITING ROM ...PRE EXITING ROM
something like that stuff......some say that you have to update your BIOS .is there any relation of BIOS with my problem ....please help me

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January 28, 2010 at 06:51:31
Disk read failure and boot failure can occur when the computer is attempting to boot to a non bootable media.

You are using a SATA type hard drive with WinXP. How are you configuring the hard drive in the BIOS?

If you are originally installing the drive using an AHCI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host_Controller_Interface) setting and that setting is subsequently reset for some reason then WinXP will not find the hard drive.

If you have disks in any removable drives or have USB devices in the boot order that could also produce the messages you are getting.

In short, there may be nothing at all wrong with either of the hard drives.

As was mentioned above the CMOS battery can be the problem.

When you reboot immediately enter the BIOS (setup) screens. If the date there is wrong then all the settings have been reset to defaults. If you originally used AHCI in the BIOS then reset it to that value and see what happens. You also need to set date, time and boot order. Possibly other items as required.


Where did you get such ridiculous numbers for HD failure rates?

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February 2, 2010 at 15:50:41
1/5 might be high, but not "ridiculous," especially the first few generations of 1TB+ capacity drives.

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