I was getting a 'disk read error occurred' so I decided to put in my recovery disk to do a startup repair. I hit F8 at the startup and chose my dvd drive, it loads the windows files, but then just hangs on the blue screen with just my cursor. After about 8min, my monitor shuts off...
The disk doesn't look to be damaged. Is there an alternative to this problem?
If you were a getting a disk read error then it is likely that your hard drive has failed. When you go to repair the OS the repair process encounters the failed section of the HDD and fails. You will need to test and probably replace your HDD.
As soon as Win 7 detects a hardware issue it will blue screen. In this case it is likely doing it the moment the HDD fails to respond in the manner Win 7 expects. If you were getting a disk read error then the HDD is almost certain to be damaged. The quick way to find out would be to try swapping it out with another drive.