Solved: Maxtor Hard Drive

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Airesz

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I am having an issue with a Maxtor Model Number 92739U6 hard drive. I have just finished formatting and installing windows xp home edition. Everything was going ok until I restarted the computer.

First right after I restarted the computer I got an error message A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+Del.

I was unsure what caused this error message so I started to research this issue on Maxtor’s website and they advised me to use fdisk /mbr to repair the error. I did that and restarted the computer.

Same Error….

The thing I can’t figure out is why I am able to boot right to windows using a boot disk.

Can anyone tell me what I should do next?

What would I have to get windows to load without a boot disk?
 
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It sounds like the boot sector of the hard drive is corrupt....
Maybe you should try another reinstall
 

Airesz

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Can you explain why I can boot with a boot disk in the A:\ drive?
 
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Because it is using your floppy to boot instead of the HDD.

Get to the C: prompt and type:
chkdsk /r

You may also try running Maxtor's PowerMax utility, which is available on their website.
 
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is the BIOS boot order correct..?
it should be set to boot (assuming you have only 1 drive and 1 partition)...
D:
C:
A:
USB
LAN

If there is no CD/DVD in the drive then it boots from C: (Windows..)
 

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It's probably an error somewhere else on the disk. Did you download the Maxtor diagnostic utility and scan the whole disk?
 
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Question - What version of Windows are you using that you can boot off one floppy?

Some system spec's will be great if you can post them?
 

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