Toshiba Laptop wont boot up

September 24, 2014 at 07:15:31
Specs: Macintosh
Laptop displays the following message in the left hand corner

A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Done this a few times but still will not start

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September 24, 2014 at 08:50:20
Most likely the hard drive is faulty. You can check this by testing it with Drive Fitness Test from here:

Download the CD Image, then create a bootable CD from it using ImgBurn:

Boot your laptop from the CD you just created.

If the hard drive is not faulty you probably just need to re-install Windows on it using the factory recovery process.

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September 24, 2014 at 15:39:48
Be aware that the Toshiba(and any other) factory reset\restore routine "will" erase all your personal files during the process. So hopefully you them all duplicated\copied to external media too.

If not before go any reset\restore path... See if you can access them via Linus disk boot.

Typically ubuntu ( is one to use. Download ISO, burn to dvd; boot with the dvd. It will load into RAM only, and will not load onto the drive (unless you opt to - I wouldn't advise that). The hard drive (if working at all) will then be a mere resource the Ubuntu OS running from within RAM. Thus you can locate and.copy your files to external media - typically dvd at least. Check the copies are ok on at least one other working system; then (labeled) keep safe... The data can restored the hard drive later. And wise to regularly cope (duplicate?) your file to external storage - just in-case you problems in the future (similar to, or worse than now...?)

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