Disk Read Error?

It's rare, but it happens every now and then. I'm just regularly using my computer, then out of nowhere, it freezes and just stops responding. I'm forced to restart. But when I restart my PC, I can't start windows because it says "Disk Read Error, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".

The only way I can fix this error is by completely turning off the system, waiting about 10 seconds, then turning it back on. After that, everything is back up and running just fine.

My System:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Core 2 Quad 2.66ghz CPU
Western Digital 320GB SATA (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=299)
650W PSU

Any idea what the problem could be? Thanks!

Edit: And if it helps, I already tried reformatting my hard drive, and reinstalling windows.
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  1. Could be a HDD failing...
    1. How old is your drive?
    2. What brand of PSU is the 650W?

    Do a chkdsk on the drive and see how many errors come up and tell us what you find.
  2. The drive is about a year old, maybe?

    The PSU says TX 650Watt by Corsair.


    Checking file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS. WARNING! F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode. CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)... 76800 file records processed. File verification completed. 47 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 2 EA records processed. 44 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)... 107602 index entries processed. Index verification completed. 0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)... 76800 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 188 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9. Cleaning up 188 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9. Cleaning up 188 unused security descriptors. Security descriptor verification completed. 15402 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal... 28780704 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed. Windows has checked the file system and found no problems. 312560608 KB total disk space. 63794664 KB in 60363 files. 42620 KB in 15403 indexes. 0 KB in bad sectors. 181068 KB in use by the system. 65536 KB occupied by the log file. 248542256 KB available on disk. 4096 bytes in each allocation unit. 78140152 total allocation units on disk. 62135564 allocation units available on disk.
  3. This is a sign of an impending failure. Do a Google on the error message and you would find out the same thing. I would recommend a a new HDD back up everything on it. And use this is a secondary drive.

    Losing data is heart-breaking! :)
  4. I agree with hell storm also try checking on the smart status
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