Disk read error occurred

laj January 27, 2009 at 15:45:46
Specs: Windows XP
I built my computer just a little over 6 months ago but I am using the same hard drive for the last 5 years.

I just want to make sure its the hard drive and nothing else.

I continue to have disk read error occurred whenever i try booting my computer up.
Now, I can install windows xp, format it, install it and quickly press any key to continue. but If i wait any longer, disk read occured will pop up.
Now, i can, once i install windows up, I can use the computer except I cannot turn it off. once I turn it off and try to turn it on, disk read error will pop up and ill have to install windows once more because, it will tell me i ahve to reformat it.

is this the hard drive or could it be something else?
Now i did, chkdsk /r, a few times and the last time, it stayed at 25% and said one or more unrepairable sectors.

Please help.

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January 27, 2009 at 16:33:26
I had something like this happen before. I don't know what I did to fix it. I ran a standalone XP CD with a program(Can't remember what it's called), scanned the drive, it said some sectors were physically destroyed, restarted the computer, and now it works. Sometimes things happen randomly.

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January 27, 2009 at 16:43:41
Download and run a drive fitness test designed for your brand of hard drive. Most all manufacturer's have one. Google for it after you check the brand.

When you re-install Windows do you then install the motherboard chipset drivers?

Is the hard drive larger than 120GB?

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January 27, 2009 at 21:44:16
My hard drive is not larger than 120gb. After I install windows, before, I did install the motherboard software only after i installed windows sp1. it asks this before i install the motherboard software. but since i am afraid to turn it off, I install windows and do not install the motherboard software because it will ask to turn it off. I have installed windows a few times already including formating with the same result. but then again, I can install it once more and use the pc unless i turn it off.

Btw, I am trying to install windows oncemore, and it asked me to format. Its taking an unusual amount of time just to get past 0%

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January 28, 2009 at 05:58:07
You do realize this is the Win2000 forum and you are using WinXP?

Run the drive fitness test.

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January 28, 2009 at 08:49:12
Why do you keep trying to install Windows over and over? Have you run chkdsk?

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