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A Disk Read Error

February 10, 2011 at 08:04:59
Specs: Windows 7
I have a windows xp computer that i just installed Windows 7 on, and i tried to change the Win7 partition to the system partition, so i set it to active and restarted my computer, and i got the "A Disk Read Error Has Occurred, Press CTRL+ALT+DEL To Restart", i have tried reinstalling win xp and win 7 but have been unable to boot to the cds, i am able to access the hard drive from Active Boot CD, but have not been able to boot with partition editors, please tell me if there is anything i can do.
P.S.: My Computer is a gateway 509ge Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530 supporting Hyper-Threading Technology, Processor Speed 3 GHz, 800 MHz, 1MB L2 Cache 200 GB SATA HD 7200 RPM with 8 MB Cache, 1024 MB DDR Dual Channel Memory 7 USB Ports And Double layer DVD+/-RW Drive

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February 10, 2011 at 08:54:45
Were you setting up an xp/win 7 dual boot?

I'm confused - presumably you could boot from win7 DVD when you installed it! But you say you can't now.

Do you need to save stuff? What do you want to end up with (single win 7 install, xp/win 7 dual boot? - btw, win7 will struggle a bit with just 1GB RAM)

If Active Boot CD will boot, then xp install CD and win 7 install DVD should boot too (unless you've damaged them). What happens when you try to boot from them.

Basically for dual boot, boot from xp CD, wipe out all partitions, create partition for XP, leaving space for win7, install XP. Then boot from win 7 and install to the free space - it will set up dual boot menu and manage partition statuses - you don't need to do anything. For single boot win 7, just boot win 7 DVD, wipe out all partitions and let it install.

If machine won't boot from XP CD or win7 DVD, you need to look to obtain/create new install disks (if it will boot from other media) - but this bit as i said confuses me.


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February 10, 2011 at 11:59:15
yes i was setting up a dual boot win xp/win 7, but i cant access the cds i get the same error, plus it tells me to eject all media and press any key to continue, i checked my cds on my other computer, and they worked, so i dont know whats up, and when i installed win 7 i had already made a different partition and had the dual boot menu, but i was trying to turn win 7 to system partition and then this happened, would it make any difference that my computer is 6 years old???? i was able to run win 7 for a few days but then i tried to change the system partition to win 7 and when it rebooted it gave me the error

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February 13, 2011 at 06:01:11
i had to get completely new cds but when i put them in it worked, and i found that the system partition was blank, so i have that fixed, thanks for the info

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