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A Disk read error has occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

  • Homebuilt
  • Disk Read Error
  • Hard Drives
  • Windows XP
  • Systems
Last response: in Systems
November 21, 2006 1:07:46 AM


I am on a home-built PC with Windows XP Home Edition, and just after a full instalation, and a restart to see if everything was working well, I got the error message in the topic title.

I have Dual HDD, Maxtor, and IBM OEM Hard Drives, and installed Windows XP on the IBM HDD.

I did a total overhaul of the system by putting a Floppy drive, the second maxtor Hard drive, a legacy floppy drive :p , a CD Drive, and an nVidiea GEForce video card.

I pressed F8 and selected "Start Windows normaly" and loaded very slowly, but loaded. I then restarted to confirm it was working, and got the same error message.

Any help would be great! thanks! :) 

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November 21, 2006 5:27:26 AM

Try taking out the other HHD and see if you still have the same problem.. if not than there ya go. lol.. we can continue from there.
November 21, 2006 6:11:23 AM

And I thought my suggestion was labor intensive lol
November 21, 2006 6:16:39 AM

Well I figured if he removed the 2 additional HDD's that would narrow it down alot lol
November 21, 2006 7:02:32 AM

Having similar symptoms, but the Ctrl+alt+del gets me rebooting and then working. Hardware list would be useful.
November 21, 2006 11:20:38 PM

post a list of components like to know what interfaces youre using.and it would give info that is pretty crucial to diagnosing.
hdd sata/ata
ide cmponents

jumper settings on drives cab do this,not setting the bios drive boot option will do can always have a corrupt install ,any software can.ide cables bad or loose.
no sata drivers loaded with windows.bad hdd.mft is corrupt boot sector is trashed.
the list goes your specs please.

Well, it boots fine when I unplug the molex from the Maxtor, but I get the same error message when I have the Maxtor plugged in.