A Disk Read Error Occurred.. Tags: Hard Drives Disk Read Error Storage Last response: January 6, 2013 4:00 AM in Storage Share what3ver January 5, 2013 7:49:24 PM Hi. I was browsing online, and randomly the internet stopped working, then i got the Blue screen of death and pc restarted.. When it first ran after restart, it didn't detect the hard drive, and went to the boot from CD screen. I turned it off, and came back about an hour later, and now it detects the hard drive but I get Disk read error. I had win7 x64 installed, and the hard drive has been working fine for 5 years. I'm going to try reinstalling windows soon, see if that fixes it, if not, what could be the problem? I don't really care about the data on the HDD. Would be preferable to keep, but most of the important stuff is backed up. How do i check to see if my HDD is broken? It's recognized in BIOS More about : disk read error occurred | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to what3ver Register or log in to remove Proximon January 5, 2013 8:03:56 PM Boot from a CD/DVD and run tests. UBCD has a long list of features and is completely free http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ Hiren's has some good features too http://www.hirensbootcd.org/ An HDD error can be caused by the motherboard, RAM, or PSU as well. Even the CPU can be the culprit... but all of those are less likely than the HDD going bad. They don't last forever. | Report abuse Reply to Proximon noidea_77 Storage Expert January 5, 2013 9:23:14 PM It is very likely the the HDD, so reinstalling windows is a wast of time. Try this: https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=6565 | Report abuse Reply to noidea_77 what3ver January 6, 2013 12:39:09 AM When i try format the disk it reads 'Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged', I guess that does mean my HDD is screwed up? | Report abuse Reply to what3ver Proximon January 6, 2013 4:00:12 AM Probably, but there are no promises. Swapping in a good drive and successfully using it would prove the theory though. Take a little time to read the PSU guide linked in my sig. A poor power supply can lead to failed hardware. | Report abuse Reply to Proximon Register or log in to remove Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>A Disk Read Error Occurred..> Related ressources: ForumDisk Read Error Occurred - I need help quickly, unfortunately for me. ForumHow to fix a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart and the blac ForumA disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart windows 7 ForumA read disk error occurred windows xp ForumA read disk error occurred windows xp ForumA disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart ForumUrgent: Disk read error has occurred , press ctrl alt delete to restart ForumA disk read error occurred solution ForumA disk read error occurred laptop ForumWhat do i do when my laptop says disk read error occurred ForumXP "A disk read error occurred press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" From formated Hard ForumDisk read error occurred laptop hard drive ForumA disk read error occurred ForumA disk read error occurred solution ForumA disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart windows 7 ForumA Disk Read Error Occurred Error ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !