Read Disk Error when booting

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May 13, 2013 at 01:59:41
Specs: Windows 7
i get a disk read error everytime i boot up a computer, i connected a different HDD and it boots up ok. i assume this means the problem is with the 1st HDD, what is the problem though and how can it be fixed?

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May 13, 2013 at 02:08:19
Hi Khumo, it may help if you advised make, model, desktop or laptop, and age of computer.

Is there any further information output when the read error occurs, and if so is it always the same?

Are you able to pinpoint where in the boot process this problem occurs?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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May 13, 2013 at 03:14:20
"Disk Read Error" usually means the that hard drive has failed and needs replacing with a new one. To be sure it has failed you can test it with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software. The links are here:

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May 13, 2013 at 04:10:49
It is a desktop. This is a refurbished computer and has no model, the motherboard is a P4M800Pro - Di. A bit of history, this computers original HDD crashed and could not power on, it ran windows xp, so we bought a new one. i handed it over to an intern to install an OS and everything else. windows 7 was installed but did nit install correctly as it loaded with weird graphics, i assume the computer may not be compatible with windows 7, it is a pretty old computer. i resorted to installing a brand new windows xp. i tried to do that today only to be met with the read dick error. i connected a hard drive from another computer and it booted just fine. another problem now is that the mouse and keyboard do not work, it seems the usb ports are not working.

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May 13, 2013 at 12:47:03
A 'new' drive shouldn't be acting up. Is the bios seeing it OK? Post back some info about the drive. The original XP wouldn't properly see a drive larger than about 128 gig. I think you needed at least sp1 for that.

If the drive checks out OK with the diagnostics and its size isn't a factor you may want to wipe it and try the XP install again.

Oh, another thing, you said the error occurred while you were installing XP. Could the read error have been with the XP disk rather than the hard drive?

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