Solved Hdd Stopped Booting but is accesible through windows

December 14, 2013 at 11:43:16
Specs: Windows 7
Ok so today my primary hdd stoppped booting.
It gave the error on startup "Disk Read Error"

so i checked all the connections & replaced a few of the cables i had spares for.. Still got same message.

so i decided to install windows on my secondary drive & see if i could grab my data from the primary drive so i didnt loose it all..

This worked and to my surprise the primary drive seems to still work fine just not to boot from. however i have an awfull lot of stuff on my main drive that i dont want to loose.

is there a way to get it booting again as normal without wiping it?

{also i tried inserting my windows 7 dvd & ran a startup repair this made no changes to the error}

Thanks for any help in advance

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December 14, 2013 at 11:57:57
Perform a start up repair. See the link below. Set the original drive as the first boot hard drive in the BIOS and then perform the repair.

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December 14, 2013 at 18:15:18
The 'disk read error' is probably in a critical area containing the files windows needs to boot up. It's usually due to bad spots on the drive platters. You can run chkdsk and it should mark those spots as bad so they won't be used and then attempt a repair.

Even if you get it going again that should only be considered a stop-gap measure until you can get a new drive to replace it.

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December 15, 2013 at 10:41:19
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I would first grab the data while you can access it. AFTER getting the data I would download seatools for windows and install it the run a short generic test, if it passes, do the long generic test and IF that passes then I would consider trying to repair the operating system. If you cannot use seatools (I think you need atleast 1 seagate hd for it to work), you can look at the make of the hard drive(seagate, western digital, toshoba, hitachi etc) and download from their website their specific diagnostic for the hard drive which is the preferred route. I would be testing the drive before I tried rehab. This verson of seatools assumes windows loads and you install it like any other program. So while it is still accessible via your new set up.....

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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