disk read error after power lost

January 19, 2009 at 01:30:25
Specs: windows xp sp2, athlon xp
The power went out yet again very suddenly while I was playing a game. Bad circuit here when the space heaters are on. My pc is on a power surge protector though and has not had problems before. This time I powered up and got to this point with this error:

Verifying dmi pool data .......

A disk read error occurred
Press ctrl+alt+del to restart

If I do so, it repeats the same error. Here is what I have checked:

-no cd or floppy in the drives
-no removeables (mp3 players etc)
-cables seem fine and are all connected properly
-loaded fail safe defaults in cmos
-loaded optimized defaults in cmos
-made it go hd then cd in boot options

Additionally it lists nothing for the ide channel 0 master and slave 0 and slave 1 and only lists the cd as master channel 1. Sata1 is my 250gb hd but sata2 sata3 sata4 aren't associated with a device. I don't know if that's normal. In bios I made it halt on no errors. In standard cmos it won't detect the hd by auto detect. In standard cmos in my maxtor hd details it seems to detect the hd with its size and cylinder, head, etc listed.

System info;
4 years old
Maxtor 250 gb hd
Athlon xp don't recall speed or mobo
2gb ram
The ram and mobo were replaced recently-within the year.

Other info:
No other pc (roommates and friends not back from break and other friend has a mac)
Windows xp disk is at parents house but they will mail it after the holiday
Planning to buy a new system this week after holiday but wanted this as a backup
Would need a 1.5 hard drive not 3.0 which I didn't see at bestbuy so would have to order online. Would take some time even if rushed...

Herr are my questions:
How can I chkdsk without windows cd?
Can I use a friend's windows cd or a vista cd if I have xp just to chkdsk?
What else can I try with limited time and a new pc on the horizon?

I'm sorry if this is the wrong forum, it's hard to search on the blackberry sometimes. I know there are some posts on this but so far I have not found a solution. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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January 19, 2009 at 03:33:37
Restart the computer and hit F8 when CMOS screen comes up, that will take you to some SAFE MODE options etc. Select the one that says COMMAND PROMPT, when you get there type in after your C: prompt, CHCKDSK /r and let it run, it'll take a long time to check/repair the whole disk for errors.

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January 19, 2009 at 11:36:01
Ok I found a windows xp cd. Now I was not able to access safe mode at all. I tried f8, f12 to no avail. I was able to get to the command prompt though via recovery mode. I did

Chkdsk /r
Chkdsk c: /r

This wss the error:
The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.

When I tried to just dir /p it said:

An error occurred during directory enumeration.

This means my hd is completely dead and all the data is lost, right?

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January 19, 2009 at 11:43:55
Additionally, if I go to windows setup via the cd, it lists my harddrive as such:

239367 MB disk 0 at I'd 0 on bus 0 on atapi (MBR)

C: partition1 (unknown) 239367 MB (239366 MB free)

Should I just go ahead and reinstall windows if I can? It looks like it thinks my entire drive is free so I guess my data is gone.

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January 19, 2009 at 14:11:53
Followup. I located a hard drive in an old dell in my garage. I tested it out and am getting the same error;

A disk read error has occurred

Could it be my motherboard or cpu? How would I test that?

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January 19, 2009 at 21:09:13
Swap the SATA cable that goes from the drive to the motherboard. If you get the same problem, your motherboard's SATA controller is probably bad. A bad controller can cause the hard drive to appear as if it has no data on it, as well as cause other problems.

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