what is 'disk read failure' at startup

March 25, 2011 at 13:25:16
Specs: Windows 7
i have run the hp diagnostics and the same fault id keeos comming up the code is
GW77MD-5A55JK-XD003F-60XF03

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#1
March 25, 2011 at 13:34:28
Assuming there is no floppy disk left in it, it sounds like the hard drive is failing. You can download the drive fitness utility from the manufacturer of the hard drive, that will test the hard disk. If you need to recover data "recuva" and PC Inspector are a couple of good free data recovery tools. If it loads windows still, back up your important data first.

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#2
March 25, 2011 at 13:35:58
hdd is, or will be not functioning very soon. If you can, back up and replace the hd.

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#3
March 25, 2011 at 13:54:03
windows recovery will not start up and will not start up normally how do i recover data
IF i still can

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#4
March 25, 2011 at 16:23:03
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

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.

E.g.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

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


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#5
March 26, 2011 at 09:09:56
If windows no longer loads, then you have to remove the hard drive and attach it to a working system as a "slave" drive, then copy your files over. If you have issues copying the files, use the above mentioned recovery software.

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#6
March 26, 2011 at 09:14:14
As tubes says, if it passes a hard disk test, then you should be able to repair it back to a working state, without having to do anything too drastic.

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