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"Disk rfead error" on installation

Last response: in Windows 7
February 29, 2012 5:41:42 AM

Hi Guys,

I spent the last 3 hrs looking for a solution to this, but nothing has worked. I have already installed Windows 7 on a very similar system but never encountered any problems...

I have built a new system (everything new):

- Gigabyte E350N with CPU on board
- Kingston 2 GB DDR3 RAM
- Verbatim 64 GB SSD

The SSD is OK in the BIOS. I then install Windows 7 (Pro x64) using a USB drive (which has worked before for 3 other installs). Windows 7 installer finds the SSD and installs without error. Then it comes to the first restart:

"Disk read error" after the BIOS screen.

No matter what I do, I can't get rid of it. I tried the following:

- Windows 7 recovery (also performing it 3 x in a row) finds no problems
- Deleted all partitions on the SSD and reinstalled
- Formating the SSD again
- 3 different SATA cables
- All 4 SATA ports on the motherboard (shown as Master and Slave in BIOS)
- Optimized settings in BIOS
- Fail safe settings in BIOS
- IDE vs. AHCI in BIOS

Windows was always installed on D: with the 100 MB C: partition, so I also tried the "get rid of the 100 MB" trick. It works (Win 7 installed on C: without the 100 MB partition) but the same problem.

I am lost. I don't know what else to try. It is just possible that my brand-new SSD is broken? Then why is Windows 7 installed without error until the first restart?

Thanks for your help!

a b $ Windows 7
February 29, 2012 7:57:43 AM

Are there any other HDD's in this computer?
February 29, 2012 8:22:33 AM

This is the only HDD in the system. No DVD/CD drives either.

Just MoBo with integrated CPU and graphics, RAM, SSD, USB keyboard, USB mouse.

That's it.
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February 29, 2012 8:33:36 AM

Do you have another HDD you can test with ? Or try plugging a DVD drive into the system and installing from DVD. I'd first look at trying to install to another HDD though.
February 29, 2012 9:16:40 AM

Sounds like SSD to me.

As far as im aware not heard great reviews about Verbatim?
May 10, 2013 8:02:11 AM

same problem got it today