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'Disk read error. Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart.'

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ZorlinStarre, Sep 6, 2011.

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  1. ZorlinStarre

    ZorlinStarre Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2004
    About a week ago, my computer suddenly refused to boot up. Windows Vista. The HP screen would flash by, but after that it would either hang at a black screen, or it would say 'Disk read error. Please insert a system disk.' It did this for a few hours before Windows recovery randomly popped up, scanned the computer, found the problem, repaired itself, and the computer ran fine for a week. I burned off everything I needed to keep during this time.

    Today, it did it again, only this time, the message says, "Disk read error. Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart." I put in a Vista recovery disk, and it took it nearly five hours to load the recovery console entirely. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be finding my hard drive.

    When I click Repair your computer on the Windows Vista screen from the recovery disk, i get a box that says 'System Recovery Options' It lists my OS installed, partition size and Location. It lists nothing at all, and clicking Load Drivers it tells me to insert the installation media for the device and click OK to select the driver. If I click OK, I get an explorer window that lists Recent Places, SYSTEM, and Computer. System comes up empty (Probably since it will only look for 'Setup Information' in the filetypes,) and when I click on Computer, I see a hard drive named Boot (X:) with 30.5MB free of 33.0 MB, and my DVD-ROM with my repair disk in it.

    If I skip selecting an OS to repair on the above-described window and just hit Next to get to System Recovery options and click on Startup Repair, it runs for a few seconds, then comes back and says it can't repair Windows.automatically. Clicking on 'View problem details' gives me:
    'Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
    Problem Signature 1: External Media
    Problem Signature 2: 6.0.6000.16386.
    Problem Signature 3: 0
    Problem Signature 4: 65537
    Problem Signature 5: unknown
    Problem Signature 6: NoHardDrive
    Problem Signature 7: 0
    Problem Signature 8: 0
    Problem Signature 9: unknown
    Problem Signature 10: 1168
    OS version:
    Locale ID: 1033"

    System Restore give me an error box that says, "To perform an offline System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation you would like to restore."
    Complete PC Restore gives me "No valid backup locations could be found."
    When I open the Command Prompt, it says it's on Drive X:\sources, and if I hit CD C:\ it says the system cannot find the drive specified.

    Is there any help to be had for it, or is my hard drive dead where it sits?
  2. PCWhizzkid


    Aug 16, 2011
    It does sound like it could be dead.
  3. Tanis


    May 29, 2006
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    It does sound like the hard drive is possibly dead. Double check all your cables and connectors to make sure that they havent come loose, physically remove the connections and reconnect them.

    If you have another IDE / SATA cable that you can use, try that aswell incase the cable has gone bad.
  4. ZorlinStarre

    ZorlinStarre Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2004
    Everything is squarely seated - I didn't disconnect/reconnect anything because my hands are very shaky and I'm scared of repeating an old incident involving bumping something on the motherboard and frying it.
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