reinstall/disk read error problems, Vista

July 20, 2010 at 09:37:21
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a 3 yr old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that recently gave me problems with freezing. I reinstalled Windows Vista using the disk provided somewhat successfully (reinstall disk and drivers, no updates). After doing so, I ran the diagnostic test on the disk (memory check, etc). Now when I attempt to boot windows, I get the "disk read error" message. I attempted to run the Vista reinstall disk, and I get the black screen of death right after the "windows is loading files" completes. Based on what I've searched on the web, I assume it has something to do with the master boot record, but all the recommended fixes involve the Recovery Environment that is run from the reinstall disk, which I can't run. Any ideas?

If you need more info just let me know. Thanks.

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July 20, 2010 at 14:27:33
The link below is to an ISO of the Vista recovery environment

You do not need to use a torrent to download just double click and use any browser , burn the ISO to disc do not just copy

With a little luck that's all you will need .

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July 20, 2010 at 15:23:36
Doesn't seem to work. It does the same thing my reinstall disk does that came with my machine ("windows is loading files" with the progress bar, progress bar completes, black screen of death).

Any other ideas?

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July 20, 2010 at 15:27:51
sounds more like you hard drive is dying. a new install is not going to fix a failing drive. is SMART enabled in the bios?

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July 20, 2010 at 15:35:58
Where would SMART be located in the BIOS?

Do you think the HDD would be bad after only 3 years?

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July 21, 2010 at 04:29:08
" Do you think the HDD would be bad after only 3 years? "

Laptop HDD quite easily .

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July 21, 2010 at 05:32:21
Well I would like to try what I can before I give up on the HDD. Would it be any benefit in attempting to reformating the drive? If so, how do I perform that properly? I know how to get to DOS but am unfamilar on the proper commands.

Thanks again Jack and wanderer for your replies.

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