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Disk read error press control, alt, delete, to restart ERROR! Please HELP!

Question: Disk read error press control, alt, delete, to restart ERROR! Please HELP!

Hi!
My system (XP Pro) has been doing some aggravating things of late like half a window loads, sits, finally other half will load, mouse just doesn't seem to do anything so you click (whatever) again and 3 minutes later 2 of whatever will finally open... just annoying crap really! A few days ago comcast went off and I had to unplug modem, wait, then plug back up and restart system. I got a "Disk read error press control, alt, delete, to restart" error, tried that same thing so I shut down and when I turned back on it booted fine. I have since moved... just set up the system and am getting the same error except this time shutdown/restart isn't working ( The OTHER problem I realize is this... this is a tempory move! Most everything I own is in a storage unit, boxes to the back, furniture to the front and guess where my disks are? Right! I put printer, shredder, disks, everything I didn't just HAVE to have in the storage unit. My XP CD is in there SOMEWHERE. It is NOT an option to find it... Can anyone offer ANY help at all?
Thanks

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Preferred Solution: Disk read error press control, alt, delete, to restart ERROR! Please HELP!

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Answer: Disk read error press control, alt, delete, to restart ERROR! Please HELP!

Sounds like you need to run chkdsk /r from the recovery console on the XP cd. I had a similar problem and did not have the XP cd.

Had to borrow my daughter's XP cd to run the recovery console. Do you know of someone that would be willing to let you use their cd?

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My computer has recently been using 100%cpu for which i posted another topic. That was going on for several weeks.

Then all of a sudden on Tuesday night, it shut itself down. When i rebooted it, there were non stop pop up ads for virus protection. Vista spyware removal 2012 was one of them.

When I tried to run malwarebytes or mcafee, the computer would either freeze or shut down. After several attempts I finally managed to run Mcafee. It found 4 trojans and quarantined them. Then I ran Malware bytes, it found 2 trojans but then shut down before I could remove them.

When I rebooted it said the Belkin password was changed and would not let me log back on to the wireless. After several attempts to get the wireless connected, my son did a system restore for 3 weeks ago.

After that I could get back online but Mcafee kept shutting itself down and when I tried to run Malwarebytes it would freeze or shut down the computer again. I finally got Mcafee to run again and it found 0 infected files.

Later it shut itself down again. When I rebooted it said system read error. Press control alt delete to restart. When I did this, I just continue to get the same error. I can't log on or do anything now.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Answer:Disk Read Error: Press control alt delete to restart

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This is the error message but control alt delete doesn't restart it.
I hit F11 and it starts in Windows Vista(recovered). It will open up and I can do anything from there, but very very slow. I do not know how to get it to boot up properly.

I have run all hardware checks, everything passes,
Virus program is secure.
I can get into the Performance information and Tools and it shows critical status for Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance - Boot performance Monitoring. It also shows Error for Shutdown Performance.
If you could walk me thru the fix it would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:windows vista "a disk read error has occurred...press control alt delete to restart..

1)Disk read error could mean HDD beginning to fail (need to check the SMART data).

2) You're info on the errors isn't enough to go on - need more details on critical status & errors.

3) Can you do a system restore or have a BU image of the HDD that you can restore, from before the prob began?

I've seen that "type" error - maybe not verbatim, but for either when HDD is failing, or even a loose / bad HDD cable. Could check those are snug. Can unseat the cables & reseat them. If don't know what you're doing w/ the cables, either leave alone, or read up on how to BE CAREFUL working w/ the cables.

I've seen cables go bad for NO reason - no one touched them; just one day were "flaky."

You could break sockets on the mobo if get rough. Cables themselves are cheap.
 

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About a week ago, my computer suddenly refused to boot up. Windows Vista. The HP screen would flash by, but after that it would either hang at a black screen, or it would say 'Disk read error. Please insert a system disk.' It did this for a few hours before Windows recovery randomly popped up, scanned the computer, found the problem, repaired itself, and the computer ran fine for a week. I burned off everything I needed to keep during this time.

Today, it did it again, only this time, the message says, "Disk read error. Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart." I put in a Vista recovery disk, and it took it nearly five hours to load the recovery console entirely. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be finding my hard drive.

When I click Repair your computer on the Windows Vista screen from the recovery disk, i get a box that says 'System Recovery Options' It lists my OS installed, partition size and Location. It lists nothing at all, and clicking Load Drivers it tells me to insert the installation media for the device and click OK to select the driver. If I click OK, I get an explorer window that lists Recent Places, SYSTEM, and Computer. System comes up empty (Probably since it will only look for 'Setup Information' in the filetypes,) and when I click on Computer, I see a hard drive named Boot (X with 30.5MB free of 33.0 MB, and my DVD-ROM with my repair disk in it.

If I skip selecting an OS to repair on the above-described window and j... Read more

Answer:'Disk read error. Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart.'

It does sound like it could be dead.
 

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Was trying to reuse an older Acer Aspire M5640 to make a PC-DVR.  I had a recovery disk that was made by best buy's geek squad when this computer was purchased.  So, since all the data had already been transfered to a new computer years ago, I figured i'd just format the disk and use the recovery disk to reinstall everything.  Recovery disk is clearly marked as 1 of 1, however after getting to about 57%, i got a message to please insert next disc???  i didn't have another disk?  
 
After realizing that this was a big problem i didn't know what to do.. I went ahead and powered it down & tried to start over, but on boot up i get the disk read error.  Pressing ctrl, alt, delete doesn't restart the system either.  I have to power it off manually.  
 
I borrowed a buddy's windows vista install disk figuring maybe i could boot from it and just enter my key.  When i hit f12, it brings up the boot menu and I selected booting from the cd/dvd drive and it goes directly to the disk read error screen.
 
I'm lost,  anyone experience this or have an idea?  I would appreciate your help.
 
Thanks,

Answer:disk read error, press ctrl, alt, delete to restart

Are you 100% sure that your Vista installation from friend is working? It looks like it doesn't do boot from installation media. I remember some problems with Vista installation not seeing HDD drive untill formatted from another PC but this shouldn't be the issue in your case.

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When setting up a win2k pro system, I accidentally swapped the mouse and the keyboard. Seems harmless enough. When it booted up everything seemed fine, I was in win2k desktop. I realized that the mouse and keyboard were switched. I tapped a key on the keyboard, and win2k crashed into a black screen with a blinking cursor. I switched the cables, rebooted and now I get the following error "disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart" and I am unable to get any further. The bios seems to be autosensing the drive just fine. This is an NTFS drive. Any thoughts?
 

Answer:"disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart

Try booting the system to the "Recovery Console" and run chkdsk!

the full syntax you want to type is "chkdsk /r" (without quotes)

When chkdsk completes, you should be good to go!
 

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Had this problem yesterday, dell 4550 desktop xp. Tried all the fix, rebuild boot header, and several others, from the repair function on a xp disk nothing worked. Cloned disk to new drive and fixed.
Do not know why but it worked.
 

Answer:Solved: Read Disk error press alt control delete

It most likely worked due to a read error on the original hard disk.
Presuming that this is NOT now a request for help please marked your thread solved.
Thank you for posting the information.
 

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Hello there.

Something seriously wrong with my laptop happened today and now I am getting this error:

"A Disk Read Error Has Occured. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete To Restart".

I had just fixed previous errors of missing system files (ntoskrnl.exe and hal.dll) and just when I thought I had it fixed, I get this error now. I was in the middle of reformatting and before it finished, the error comes up.

I cannot access the Advance Boot screen but I can access the BIOS. But, the BIOS seem no help to me. I have also accessed the Repair Console on my Windows XP Home Edition disc and typed the following commands:

FIXMBR
FIXBOOT
CHKDSK /R /P (Didn't work,, couldn't find certain file)

I am afraid that my hard drive or motherboard has been fried.

Please help me, I am in desperate need of it here.

Thanks

Answer:A Disk Read Error Has Occured. Press Ctrl+alt+delete To Restart...

make sure your battery and power adapter are working fine

any fans are clean

test your memory and hard drive

as a general rule I reccomend anyone buying a laptop to get the 3 year service/warranty, when that runs out sell it or give it away, having work done on it is not cost effective

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I just got a brand new custom built pc. It had w7 home premium before on it, and ran fine. When I put my disc of w7 ultimate, it intsalled and on first boot, just crashed and showed " A disk read error has occured. Press ctrl alt delete to restart"

I am frustrated, I tried formatting the drives(Partitioned) and they formatted fine. Someone wanna help me?

Answer:A disk Read error has occured. Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart

PLEASE!!! Help me guys!! its a brand new pc, just not working now!! Pls help!!

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Every time i boot my computer i receive this message, after several restarts my system will load up the windows, n i can use my PC,,, n if i turn on the Pc after some hours same error message again.. have restart my system several times to get it work... What's the problem here... i think it's not hardware problem if it was it wouldn't have booted up my OS after several restarts... Is this something gotta do with registry, after messing with registry i have started to get this message, Is re-installing my Operating System only the solutions... help...
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+ Delete to restart..?

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Every time i boot my computer i receive this message, after several restarts my system will load up the windows, n i can use my PC,,, n if i turn on the Pc after some hours same error message again.. have restart my system several times to get it work... What's the problem here... i think it's not hardware problem if it was it wouldn't have booted up my OS after several restarts... Is this something gotta do with registry, after messing with registry i have started to get this message, Is re-installing my Operating System only the solutions... help...

P.S My computer will boot up normally after i restart it 5 to 6 times...
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+ Delete to restart..?

Your hard drive is going bad. Backup your data ASAP while you can still read it and then replace it with a new one.
 

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Hi All,

Looking for some help, please!!

My son has a Dell Demension 2400, which up until recently has been pretty good! For the past month of so... the computer started running more slowly (it's about 4 yrs old)..then it starting freezing more and more! Last night he turned it on and got this message:

A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" error message.

Of course, Pressing CTRL ALT DEL brings you right back to this message? Can you please help us out with how to resolve this!

He runs Windows XP and is pretty good about doing the updates and he also uses Avast, Zone Alarm, CCleaner and Spybot!

We are hoping it's not a bad HardDrive??

Thanks so much for any help you can provide!!
 

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occured-Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" error message ~HELP!

Go to safe mode and run check disk. (keep tapping F8 from when you see the Dell logo as it boots)
Delete all temp files, temp internet files first.

It is likely that you hard drive is either nearly full and/or on its way out.

Let us know how you get on.
 

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Hi all,

I used GPartEd to create a small partition for a new Linux distro I wanted to test.

Upon successfully partitioning the drive I rebooted to return to WinXP & to my horror I can't get past the booting screens!

I come across the following error:

Hard drive read error, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to restart

Any thoughts?




Joe

Answer:Hard drive read error, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to restart...

It sounds as if creating the partition has corrupted your system or boot partition. Have you tried running the Windows repair disc? If you can get into it, and get into the command try these commands:

CHKDSK /R /P
FIXBOOT
FIXMBR

Let us know if there has been any changes.

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I know that this has been handled in the past, and I have tried a few things that have
been mentioned (Thanks Shawn!). I am working on a MSI CR620 laptop that is running
Win 7 HP x64. On start up it says to press F3 for recovery, I have done that and have
gone through the recovery, getting the post that windows has been installed completely,
and to press ok to restart, after pressing okay, the computer restarts and I get the
"Disk read error, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart again. I have ordered a recovery disk
from the manufacturer, but I don't have warm fuzzys that it will correct the issue.

Answer:Disk read error Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics

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So for the past week I've been trying everything i know how to do to fix this problem and here it its. Everytime i start up my PC is gives me the, "A Disk Read Error Has Occurred, press ctrl+alt+Del to reboot", so i tried putting my XP disk back in to reformat it, but whenever it asks to press any key to boot from disk, i press any key and the words, "Setup is now configuring your hardware setup" or whatever, then the screen goes completely blank and it stays that way. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!!!! and i know i didnt do everything right, but i dont know how to do all of the stuff that elf posted in the main sticky....so....if anyone has any advice, that would be amazingly helpful

Answer:Disk Read Error, press ctrl-alt-del to restart

Default your BIOS
if still have this problem, ghost your OS,then format your hard disk,
if cannot format your disk. there must be something wrong with your harddisk

try some harddisk detector or hard disk recovery tools.


BY THE WAY, change your hard disk wire, may solve this problem,i guess

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Hey this is my first post on this forum. Recently, I formatted my hard drive because I wanted to start all over. Accually it was a partition from my hard drive. Next time I booted up and THE error A Disk read error occured pres crl ALT del to restart. CRL ALT DEL DOESN'T DO ANYTHING. So I booted into my bios and the hard drive was still detected. Bios won't detect CD ROM so I can't boot from windows 7 CD. I do have a windows 7 USB. BIOS does reconize it but when I set it as 1st boot device and boot up, I get the same error. Please help. I hope my hard drive isn't dying because it is still recognized. please help me!

Answer:A disk read error occured press CRL ALT DEL TO RESTART

Hi Panda4cash,

So I understand correctly, you deleted your partition? If so, the bios will recognize your hard drive, but you still will have to recreate your partition. If this is correct, continue.

Has your CD-Rom been detected prior to the format? You may want to unplug your computer and make sure the power and sata cables are securely connected. Replug, the boot to bios. Set bios to default. Bring up and see if your optical drive is now seen.

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Hello - I'm receiving this error message at the end of boot up process (BIOS posting):
"A disk read error occurred, press ctr-alt-del to restart"

I have Dell Dimension XPS B800r, Pentium III, 512MB ram, running Win XP. My hard drive had crashed 2 years ago so I upgraded from Win 98SE to XP and had installed 200GB HDD and was smooth sailing until this disk error appeared out of nowhere on a routine Restart.

The hard drive model number appears (registers?) in the BIOS set up, but doesn't appear to be recognized during BIOS posting.

I've poured through forums looking for resolution and have done the following:
1. checked hardware and cables, jumpers, master / slave arrangements - all good
2. reset BIOS to defaults - also tested different scenarios for boot up, with HDD being first or after CD-ROM, etc.
3. booted from Windows CD and wend to Recovery Console, logged in and ran Fixmbr, Fixboot, and later ran Bootcfg - all to fix the master boot record and boot.ini
4. could see directories and files through Dos so it appears data is intact but not sure

Nothing has helped resolve disk read error. Also cannot get to Safe Mode during boot up. I didn't make a Windows Recovery CD - learned my lesson...

From my reading I have three potential possibilities for the disk error but have no clue whether either of these is the problem or how best to troubleshoot. They are:
1. I wasn't aware there may be a BIOS limitation for hard drive storage, but discov... Read more

Answer:A disk read error occurred, press ctr-alt-del to restart

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when I start my Dell laptop Inspiron 1720, I get an error "Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del to restart".
I tried formatting the harddisk using Windows 7 installation disk but am unable to do it.
Kindly reply as soon as possible.
 

Answer:Disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to restart

Sounds like you have a dead Hard Drive, you'll need to replace it.
 

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Very sorry if this has been asked, I did look around.

My father has been having trouble with a “Frankenstein” computer he bought from a local shop that makes custom built machines. Other then the fact that it runs XP home I have no idea about the specs. I'm pretty sure there's a few virus and some spyware floating around in there, it kept getting slower and slower to the point were it was taking thirty minutes to start up. Upon starting up the computer recently we received the dreaded Windows XP screen

A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

Restarted, fiddled with the BIOS, tried to boot from disk but I still get them same screen.

Any help?
 

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

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By the way I did try to search this but no results came up on this forum.....
A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart?
So my old hard drive died so I went out and bought this drive….
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144392
I have a old HP 520c with AMD Athlon XP 1.4, 512mb ram, DVD-ROM drive, CD-RW drive and integraded video and that is about it. Ok I bought the above WD 320gb Caviar SE EIDE drive after my old 60gb Maxtor just died (9yrs pretty good drive). Anyways when ever I try to install XP Pro SP2 disk It goes through entire windows install process then the red bar countdown before reboot counts down and restart the screen tells me “A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart” and nothing. So I thought a bad drive...BUT here is the kicker it WILL install Ubuntu Linux just fine but no windows!!!!!!
Please help????

 

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart?

I used to hav the same problem with my IDE hard drive which turned out to b faulty (strangely enuff if i restarted enuff times it would let me into windoze).

Get a fitness est from the manufacturer website (or download the ultimate boot cd) and do a read test to see the state of the hard drive.

Faulty IDE cable? Faulty IDE controller maybe? But my first thought would b a faulty drive..
 

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I am having this problem with an hp computer, both the harddrives are being picked up in the bios and when attempting to boot i get the error... A Disk read error occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. What can I do I do not want to loose the data on the computer!!!

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The laptop is an HP Mini 1000 running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit. It was working fine and I turned it on today and the message: "A disk read error has ocurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart" appeared on the screen. Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del just reboots but the same message appears again. F8 won't get me anywhere. Only F9 (Boot Device Order) and F10 (BIOS settings) are available but don't fix anything. There is no way to make it boot or even get to a repair screen or past it. Any suggestions to make it boot so at least I can get to the data and back it up? Or is there a way / procedure to fix it?

Answer:A disk read error has ocurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart

Hi cmsanchezpr and welcome to SevenForums,

This could be a hardware failure of the HDD. But lets test that first.

What type of Windows installation do you have:

1. Did Windows come pre-installed on the laptop?
2. Was it installed from a retail Windows 7 DVD?

Do you have a Windows installation DVD handy to boot from? If you do, you can boot from that, and attempt a Startup Repair:

Startup Repair

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, then post back here and we can help you further.

Regards,
Golden

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So my cousin called me up today asking for help with his computer...He said its working slow and hes getting lots of pop ups and he wanted to use his XP disk to reinstall windows. I told him to just get spybot, AVG, and to use firefox from now on and his computer will be fine.

So we are talking on the phone and I'm giving him directions on how to use Spybot. Eventually his computer is starting to crap out and is running slowly. This is after he completed a spyware check and fixed the problems. I told him to go to run and type "msconfig" than I had him turn off stuff like aim, ICQ and all those other programs that he doesnt use, but are opened once he starts up his computer. I knew all of the programs that he turned off except for one that had the word spyware in it and something called "VTTimer."

Than I had him restart and as soon as he did he got this error message "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart." He tried restarting numourous times, but got the same message. I than told him to use his Windows XP CD and boot from the disk. He did that and I had him hit "R" for repair. The screen came up with

1. C:\WINDOWS
Please choose which windows you want to use:

....Or something similiar so I told him to press 1 and enter and than to run "chkdsk /r"

It started running check disk, but it was still at 0% after a few minutes. I just told him to go to sleep and see where it was in the morning. I'm hop... Read more

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.

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I can't get my computer to do anything. I can only go to either Del: Enter Setup or F12 Boot Menu. I've tried to press F8, no luck. I've even tried to run a Factory default disc,recovery, and system repair disc. Still nothing. Please help.

Answer:A disk read error occurred: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Your hard-drive might be heading for a ride into the sunset.
Do you have restorable image or folder/file backups of all your data files, pics, etc.? If yes, then locate or create [on another computer] a DVD or USB stick with hard-wire checking, especially HD-checking utilities on it, run it.
If you have no restorable backups, cease trying to fix this for now, and using another computer -- locate, download any one of a number of versions of Puppy Linux ISO, burn said ISO onto a DVD or USB stick, attach another empty 32GB-64GB stick[s] to empty USB port[s] -- backup, backup, backup all your data stuff.
IF this is an impending HD failure, and I say IF, then you may only have 2-3 HD-spin hours at worst, a day or two at best, again IF this is a impending HD failure.

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Last night my computer worked fine. On switching it on this morning, i still use it, i browse the net, i use microsoft word then suddenly my computer freeze for about 3 mins then i restart then I get the error message:"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"i recently search the net on how to fix the problem but the solutions are almost similar, they say that i need an xp cd, but my cd rom is not ejecting.. i dont know why, i tried inserting a pin many times but still no luck... please help me i want to recover my files.

Answer:"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

please check your hardrive cable...does it fit/plug properly or not...
and check does your hardrive is recognized by BIOS or not...

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This afternoon I was using my Thinkpad R61 (Type 7732-CTO, with Windows XP Pro) and I inserted my Verizon Aircard into the PCMCIA slot and launched the Verizon connect software and the computer froze - the screen simply froze where it was, but the mouse pointer continued to move around. After trying for a minute to elicit a response, I held the power button to shut the laptop down.  When rebooting, I got the subject message.  If I reboot and hit the ThinkVantage button, I get the menu with 4 options (including editing the BIOS settings, etc).  Another option, F11, says it will check your system.  I select F11 and a progress bar shows across the screen; when that is done I get a light blue screen, some clicking sounds, and nothing else on the screen.  I then have to hit the power button to shut down.     What should I do?  I see several people suggest pulling out the HDD, putting it in an external enclosure, and hooking to another computer to extract data from it, and then calling Lenovo for service.  Any other ideas before I take out the HDD? Thanks,Anthony Message Edited by analogkid8 on 08-04-2009 09:32 PMMessage Edited by analogkid8 on 08-04-2009 09:36 PM













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Answer:A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart

analogkid8 wrote:What should I do?  I see several people suggest pulling out the HDD, putting it in an external enclosure, and hooking to another computer to extract data from it, and then calling Lenovo for service.  Any other ideas before I take out the HDD? Thanks,Anthony Usually with a disk read error, reseating the HDD is a good idea. Once you reseat the drive, you can also try reloading the BIOS default settings (F1 at boot, then F9->Yes to confirm, then F10->Yes to confirm). If you still get the disk read error at this point, I'd recommend replacing the HDD itself. Mark





 Do NOT PM me with technical issues. Post in the forum for assistance. Thanks

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So my cousin called me up today asking for help with his computer...He said its working slow and hes getting lots of pop ups and he wanted to use his XP disk to reinstall windows. I told him to just get spybot, AVG, and to use firefox from now on and his computer will be fine.

So we are talking on the phone and I'm giving him directions on how to use Spybot. Eventually his computer is starting to crap out and is running slowly. This is after he completed a spyware check and fixed the problems. I told him to go to run and type "msconfig" than I had him turn off stuff like aim, ICQ and all those other programs that he doesnt use, but are opened once he starts up his computer. I knew all of the programs that he turned off except for one that had the word spyware in it and something called "VTTimer."

Than I had him restart and as soon as he did he got this error message "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart." He tried restarting numourous times, but got the same message. I than told him to use his Windows XP CD and boot from the disk. He did that and I had him hit "R" for repair. The screen came up with

1. C:\WINDOWS
Please choose which windows you want to use:

....Or something similiar so I told him to press 1 and enter and than to run "chkdsk /r"

It started running check disk, but it was still at 0% after a few minutes. I just told him to go to sleep and see where it was in the morning. I'm... Read more

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.

just reformat, your cousin just probably clicked a windows program at the msconfig and that probably causes the error message, REFORMAT WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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I have a Gateway MX8715 laptop that came installed with Vista. I was ok with it until a few weeks back I keep getting the sporadic blue screens and shutdowns on the machine. After 5 days of trying to figure out how to resolve it - I made the decision to purchase Windows XP and just install it on this computer and not deal with Vista anymore. I chose to go the dual boot route in case I changed my mind and followed all the online instructions and got it to work including finding all the XP drivers. However, I wanted to make the XP partition bigger and in a daring move I decided to try and reformat the drives and start all over.......and then the problems began!

I can definitely install Vista with no problem but when I try to go back and add XP like I did before - I get the "A DISK READ ERROR OCCURRED. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" and the computer just hangs. I can install the Vista disc and go through the repair startup mode and then it boots up to Vista again but can't get it to boot into XP and to be honest I am not entirely sure that it actually installed again. I am a newbie to this and really am unsure what to do now and hoping someone can help me......
 

Answer:DISK READ ERROR OCCURRED. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

Can you show us Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

You might want to test the drive.

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:
Manufacturer's Tests
HD Tune
CheckDisk 1.03 (Marks bad sectors as unusable.)
HDAT2 (Diagnostics and bad sector recovery)
MHDD Low-level Diagnostics
Bootable Hitachi Drive Fitness Test Floppy or CD Image (works on most drives)

Hard Drive Manufacturers' Diagnostic Utilities Links:
TachTech
BleepingComputer
 

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Hey guys, first post.

I have read some others with this problem but none helped me.

Basically everytime I start up my computer I get this message.
I try to repair install but everytime I boot from the cd it tries to boot then goes to a blank screen and does nothing.
Any help would be appreciated.
Windows XP

I reformatted about 4 times.
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart.

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Hi again guys,

It seems that every now and again my computer will freeze up or turn itself off and display this message "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart" when i restart the machine, the error re-appears. this has happened twice so far - each time i have left the computer switched off for a few hours then turned it back on and it has booted and worked successfully. Any way i can stop this from happening? Any ideas what is causing it?

Thanks in advance

Grant

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

I'd guess either overheating or a dying hard drive. Try running a bootable hard drive diagnostic usually available from the manufacturer of your hard drive.

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Hi all,

I was hoping someone here may be able to help with a serious bootup problem on a relatively new/unused PC..
After the computer locked up with no reasonable cause, it displays the following message on start up
“Disk Read Error Occurred, Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart”

My computer had been really speedy up until this problem occurred. The “lockup” started after I tried to paste some text from a webpage into a word document. When I pressed Paste Word became unresponsive.. I waited and when it showed no signs of improving I tried to naviagate firefox which was already open, that also became unresponsive. Eventually I tried Ending the processis using task manager. Task manager was running but didn’t seem to end the processes I wanted. Al this happened in a few minutes, and by the end the only ting i could move was my mouse. I pressed reset. It then went through BIOS, then to a blank screen with a flashing curser in the top left, which after a few seconds shows me this chilling message

“Disk Read Error Occurred, Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart”

I’ve been stuck with this every time I try to boot up . Please help!

I have opened up the case with help and checked the power voltages coming from the power supply and out of hard drive power connecter.. they are normal. Since its a new setup to me I am unsure what the spec. Is but I can ofcourse find out if anyone wants more details about my system. Many people with the same error message problem have said the drive shou... Read more

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred, Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart

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Spent some quality time digging through past threads, tons of good info here, but unfortunately cannot solve my issue with my limited computer knowledge.

Gateway Laptop Model MX6128
OS: XP
Harddrive: Hitachi Travelstar 60 GB Internal hard drive - 100 MBps - 4200 rpm

A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Went into BIOS settings and seems my hard drive is recognized as IDE 0 Master: ic25n060atmr04

I removed attempted to copy the data from the hard drive using an external Rocketfish case without success, otherwise I would have just reinstalled XP.

Any suggestions to get my Gateway paperweight into a functioning unit?

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

Answer:A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart: XP

so you couldn't get the old HDD to mount through an external USB enclosure? Then the HDD is bad. Buy a new one and reinstall Windows.

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Hey Guys,
I just thougt to install Windows XP again instead of Windows 7...
After the setup restarted the PC for the first time...
at the screen that says press any key to boot from CD
I got this: "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"
I just reinstalled Windows 7 just to get answers
I really want XP back its just the best OS ever!!!
Please help me!
PS: about 2 months later I wanted to have a dual boot PC (XP and 7) and I had the same problem...
Now this time its a different XP CD....
Please help me!

I will post this topic on many websites though.

Answer:A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart

You should check the drive...Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.

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put together a new computer
amd athalon 2 ghz
1 gb ram
biostar tf7025 mb

and had a good hd so didn't get a new, starting to think that was a mistake
i'm using a 160gb western digital hd
I reformat with xp pro it loads all the setup files and reboots to start setup and comes up with
a disk read error has occured
press ctrl+alt+del to restart

i can't figure out what the problem is it is driving me crazy
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart

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I was quite happily using my new PC when it completely froze on me (while using Cakewalk Sonar - possibly irrelevant?!) and so I pressed the reset button.
When the PC tried to restart it loaded the first splash screen (press del to open BIOS setup etc), loaded the dvd drive, then came up with the message:

A disk read error occurred
Press ctrl+alt+del to restart

I press ctrl+alt+del and it's groundhog day.

Any suggestions?

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I'm running Windows XP on a EMachines PC. The PC is only a little over a year old. Suddenly tonight I have what appears to be a DOS screen that says "A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart". After doing a ctrl alt delete, I keep getting the same screen again. Can anyone shed some light on how to restart my PC? Is the hard drive shot?
 

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

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So this computer was running fine. It's used by a lady in the graphics department. It's fairly new, maybe a year old.

Then about two weeks ago she gets this message, 'A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart'.

If she restarts, often it will boot up windows xp fine. Sometimes she has to reboot up to 3 times before it launches xp. But so far, it always launches xp in the end.

I checked the bios and it was set to boot off a floppy first then the HD. I put the HD first but I kindof doubt this will fix it as it was running fine for about a year before the trouble occurred.

I did run chkdsk. It reported no errors. And the problem persists.

I did have her move all her files to the server just in case.
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart'

Check the hdd cable?
 

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Hi,

The error occurs when starting my PC. I am able to restore an image and have enclosed a dump file of the error.

Can someone tell me what the actual error is?

Thanks in advance.

BCCode: 1000000a BCP1: 000000B0 BCP2: 00000002 BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 8052D4DA OSVer: 5_1_2600 SP: 2_0 Product: 256_1
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred, Press ctrl+alt+del to restart

It`s caused by sonypv13.sys.
This is part of the drivers for a camcorder
or other sony device.Uninstall them.
 

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HELP
I have a toshiba laptop running windows 8. I went to delete photos off a usb when my laptop froze. I turned off the laptop by the power button waited, then when I turned the laptop back on it came up with the message

a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart
Each time I press ctrl alt del it returns to this message. I can only go to F2 or F12. I know a little about computers but not enough to fix something like this. All replies would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time

Answer:a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart

Welcome to EightForums, ariaza.

It's a USB thumb drive I assume. I suggest to unplug the drive, then try to reboot.

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My Sony Vaio Laptop occasionally goes to this disk error screen every now and then when I open my laptop from sleep mode, so I just restart the laptop. Its beginning to worry me, what should I be doing? I have all my work on there, and cannot send it off to get repaired right now due to workload. This has been happened in the past week
Not too long ago, my laptop had a crack behind the bottom left of my screen, near the bottom corner of the lid. Since then, every time I adjust the lid, there are static lines on the left side of my laptop screen and it gradually got worse. If I go to get my hard drive fixed or replaced by a local computer repair shop, would they also fix the crack? Also do you think this crack and static problem has something to do with the Hard Drive errors?
Here is some information on my laptop, I dont really know what type of info to send
Windows 7 Home Premium
System -
Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz
64-bit Operating System

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Hi
 
a few months ago I got hit by the telescript ransom virus 4.0, so I took all my locked files and put them in the cloud, I did not delete them from my computer but about 5 days before you guys announced you had the codes to unlock the files I received the above error on my computer when I turned it on, so now I am in limbo because I can't get past this screen to be able to unlock my files.  I have one other laptop at home but I don't want to risk using it to unlock the files if a virus transfers across?!
 
I also took it to a computer shop and they said tey would look at it and then never touched it for over a week until I chased them and then I got the feeling they really weren't interested because it had been hit by this virus, they said they couldn't get into the computer to anything at all, yet I can get into the f2 screen.  They saud the harddrive is finished and the laptop is too old to put time into it (4 years old) they pointed out that when I buy a replacement I should come to them for a deal on a new laptop!
 
any ideas, I don't have a start up disc because it came preloaded, and I don't seem to know anyone who knows where theirs is!  its a Lenovo with windowsxp
 

Answer:Disk read error occured Press ctrl, Alt, Del to restart

Start with these free, bootable hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/hwdiag.html
Start with the hard drive tests.
 
If the hard drive fails the extensive/long test - then you'd have to get a new hard drive (and a copy of Windows to install on it)
Can you read the product key sticker on the system?

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Hi guys, thanks for viewing this topic. I need some technical help with my Fujitsu T5010 Tablet PC.

So the other day I was just using my laptop as usual, handling multiple browser tabs and MSN windows. Then it starts to hang, I was only able to move my mouse cursor around and the system remain generally unresponsive. I tried Cltr Alt Del but to no avail, hence I resort to a hard reset.

Unfortunately, it was unable to boot up after that with the DOS message "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart". I know this problem is widespread and I have researched around the forums and tried most of the proposed solution but none of them worked for me.

I went to the BIOS setup and rechecked the Boot Priority. The HDD was recognized in the BIOS menu. Surprisingly, the Boot Priority order was not the same as the default setting even though I had never touched this configuration. The HDD was ranked below the CD and Floppy Disk, so I rectify this concern by resetting to default settings, but the error persists. I tried tweaking with the order by placing the HDD on top of the list, but it doesn't work either.

I then tried to access the Windows Recovery Environment through the Vista Bootable Recovery Disc. The CD was recognized and able to reach the loading screen "Windows is loading files..." and then the normal loading bar at startup will appear. After a while, a black screen presents itself and then a mouse cursor will appear in the blac... Read more

Answer:Need help: A disk read error occured. Press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

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"A disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart", I am having the same problem. The drive shows in the bios, i have changed the cable, I have taken out the battery for over 10 mins, brand new power supply, it's set as master, ran seagate tools and it passed the tests, I am stuck and need to get that comp up and running asap. Could you please help out. Thank you
 

Answer:a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart

Have you recently reformatted? If you did and it didn't solve the problem, that would exclude a software origin. Could be that your motherboard is faulty.
 

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I am using two Hitachi 250GB SATA Drives.

AMD Athlon XP 3400+
Current BIOS for my Abit AV8
Windows XP Pro SP2

Computer worked fine. Turned it off for the night, when I tried to boot it up the next morning I received the error,

A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Tried restarting several times. No luck.

Please someone, I'm in need of serious help!

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. HELP!!!

Boot To CD :
Install / Repair Operating System.

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i installed sap netweaver, the system became slow, all of sudden a blue screen came, stating "the physical memory dump and if this is the first time try to restart ". From the next time the same error message is appearing, i tried to install linux, windows7 through usb and cd...
but of no use,
i doing my computer courses in sweden
but i bought my laptop from india, i don't have international warranty...
i don't know what to do...
i checked my warrnty status, 43 days left, i mailed to them regards to my problem..
configuration:
dell vostro 1014
3gb ram
250 gb
coretodue
windows7 32 bit
can you gui's help me...
plz....
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred Press ctrl+alt+del to restart

sounds like a system file got corrupted. You may have to do a fresh install of Windows.
 

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Suspect Trojan bot virus malware worm don't know which one expert Help Requested

ERROR

Press F11 for Emergency Recovery

A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

Computers will not boot.
Started with 3 XP SP3 machines One machine one day, and two machines
the next day. All HP Compaq DC5700's.

Another day At one location maybe 2 to 3 machines.
Another location about 4 more machines, in a 3rd location 4 more machines. All DC5700 except one
HP NC6000 laptop.

HP DC5700s another 20 machines in one day. The next day 5 more machines. The next day 7 more machines.
HP DC5700s, HP Tablet, HP DC8000, Dell Inspirion 6500,
1 Windows 7 professional machine. mostly HP.

Using the temporary fix "fixmbr", "fixboot" to get them back up and running. Took the
hard disk drive out of one of the system and scanned it with almost every virus scanners, rootkit, malware removal tools I could find.
They found nothing!

tdsskiller,McAfee Stinger, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, RKill
sophos scanner, conficker-removal-tool, gmer just to name a few.

Every Day we are seeing more and more machine with A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

Requesting Help

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it still same screen when press Ctrl+Alt+Del , i can't enter bios at all. i don't know how to clear the CMOS,coz it is a labtop.
anybody can help me ?
thanks inadvance

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

disk read error sounds like a bad HD

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I just restarted my PC , and I got this error.
I saw the solution was to run a repair from the Windows XP CD, which i am doing.

I'm in the repair screen and i entered the command : chkdsk /p /r
It's at 51% and I've been told It can take like 3 hours to complete, lets hope that will solve the problem.

Thanks,
Preacher

Answer:A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

None of the stuff that i saw on google works, i need re-install WinXP. But my PC wont load my keyboard so i cant press any key to get to the Windows screen...

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HI!This is going to be difficult, i'm sure of it.I have an Acer aspire 5050 laptop that is vista capable, but came with XP on it.. Well it was my friends laptop for school, but became extremely corrupted with virus to where as soon as it booted up you got a blue screen with all kinds of fatal error and restart to open safe mode and all this, you automatically had to restart it. I finally got it to open in safe mode, install an anivir antivirus, and ran the virus thing but it only came back with 1 Warning, and none of the virus i knew were on there, i can't update it cuz it won't give me an internet connection. LONG STORY SHORT, i tried everything to format it, to bypass things whatever. the next step was trying to upgrade it to vista, because i knrew it gave the option to format it and whatnot.I have a windows vista home premium update from XP, etc disk. So i put it in, started it up and it said that i'd have to run it from windows, well i couldn't get to windows to run it, so i safe moded it put in the disk and attempted to run it. It gave 2 options whether i wanted to keep the files but just upgrade to vista, and one where i could just install vista and blah, but it kept an windows.old file on the harddrive? it said you wouldn't be able to access your old OS, but i didn't care.. i just want everything whiped clean and vista on it. once again, i tried that.. and it said to restart. So i restarted, now everytime i restart it shows the acer s... Read more

Answer:need Help! A disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart

Disk read error.Can you post exactly what the error message says?

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Hi, I'm running XP Pro on a custom machine. When my husband turned on the computer this a.m. he kept receiving the message "A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart". I pulled the drive and was able to access & back up the drive with no problem. After putting it back and receiving the message again, I tried chkdsk & chkdsk /p from the recovery console and it stated no problems. I don't know what else to do. Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart

I also just tried a chkdsk /r and it stated that "chkdsk found and repaired one or more errors" but I still receive the same error message.
 

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A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

This is what my compaq lap top is saying upon restart. Using XP, I do not have any recovery or diagnostic disks.
I have a new laptop and was using the compaq as a back- up. I hadn't used it much in the last month or so and when I turned it on, it was unusually slow.
I attempted to defrag the hard drive, and it initialized(after it analyzed). During this time windows shut it down for an update to take effect. Upon restart, this is the message I got: A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart. Not sure if this had something to do with restarting during defrag, but it seemed like an odd coincidence to me. I have read that an extremely slow computer can be a sign the HDD is going bad. It does not and did not make any noise. Any advice on where to go from here is welcome and appreciated.
 

Answer:A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

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I have a Dell Demension 4550 and it needed to have windows XP re-installed on it, after getting it re-installed, now i get a disc read error on the restart that says press ctrl, alt, delete. If i turn it off completely and turn it back on it's fine again until i try the restart and then it does the same thing. I see that other persons have had this same trouble, but mine might be a bit different, because I also installed a second hard drive to store my music on. I put the jumper on master on the original, it was on the cable select pins to begin with, on the new hard drive that i just put in I put the jumpers on slave. The device manager recognizes it in there and it also shows up on the my computer page and opens fine when i click open on it.
Everthing works fine except i get the error message on the restart and then have to shut it down and restart it manually to get back into windows.
I hope someone out there can help me with this.........Thanks
 

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I know this problem has come about quite a lot of times here, but most of the solutions are unresolved or require things that I don't have. Wow I just realised how long this post is. Anyway it would be great if anyone can help me. You don't have to read all of it but it contains all the information about what I tried before I came here and I think it'll help A LOT. I thank whoever has the patience to help me.

Anyway, a little backstory of when I got this error, I just got my pc fixed not too long ago and I've been getting a lot of updates for windows XP. When I started up my PC, everything worked normally, there was the extremely long boot times, and it always hangs for a while when windows live messenger and gamespy comrade start up simultaneously. But this time, it blue screened and I had to restart my PC. When i restarted my PC, it went through the same sequence, but didn't blue screen. This time I noticed an anomally, there was a window opened that seemed to be a restart countdown to apply updates, just like the one in windows vista, except it looked different, I supposed it was a new feature in a new update. I hit a button that said something to the extent of restart later and continued with what i wanted to do, play team fortress 2. While i was playing team fortress 2, my pc suddenly blue screened again. I restarted my pc and everything went as per usual, and there was no restart timer. I started up team fortress 2 again, and played with no pro... Read more

Answer:Solved: A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart. PLEASE HELP!

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Hey, i really need help, the other day (august first) i was on the web and everything started running extra slow and started freezing on me, so i just shut off the power, as i went to turn it back on i got this message saying "A disk read error has occurred please press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart" so i did it and the message kept coming up over and over again, its really frustrating i looked at a view forum's that talked about this issue and i have all my files pretty much backed up, well at least the important ones, all i need to do is reformat my computer because the seems like the only way possible unless i'm wrong, i do not have any warranty left, and i lost the cd's my computer came with :\ please help.

Manny .
 

Answer:Urgent Help: a disk read error has occurred please press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart

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hi guys

so i had a hard drive that was RAW and reading 0 for everything
then my main man daffy duck gave me a few tools and i got the drives
partition working...its booting up off my p3 1.0
but not on the machine it came with (typical)

its a hp/compaw d330m and the drive is a WD400
now i get an error "a disk read error has occured press ctrl-alt-delete to restart"
iv'e come so FAR!!!
 

Answer:Solved: a disk read error occured press ctrl-alt-del to restart

i just played with the settings...and got it working...
i am overjoyed!!!
 

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hi, i have a new hp pavillion laptop it's not even a year old. lately it has been very slow and frezzeing on me. i've had to manualy shut it off sevral times. after i shut it down manually and then turned it back on it will either frezze on the black screen. or it will say A disk read error occured press control alt delete to restart. sometimes though it will get to a screen that says somthing about windows haveing a problem and to run a fixing program. i did it once a box poped up saying it was trying to fix the problem. 30 minutes later it was done and my computer worked but then froze again and went back to the same old. it now will display the disk read error and i did get to the windows repair thing but it just froze on a black screen. one thing that it did do today was it had a message saying an external hard drive or usb drive was removed wrong and said to replace it and restart windows. i remeber eairer in the week i removed my flash drive and it said i removed it wrong which i never get on my computer. if anyone can help me please i'm running vista. i just want to be able to get my computer back to normal with all my files on it.

Answer:a disk read error occured press ctrl alt delete

I would backup your data. Sounds like a bad hard drive. You could try chkdsk c:/r after you are done backing up.

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Hello there. I turned my computer on today. When I checked it some time later, I had an error of messages saying lots of files (mostly .dll) could not be found (or something along those lines). Explorer.exe kept crashing, before a constant bombardment of similar messages came up. After a while, clicking ok to all of them, the computer froze.

When I tried restarting, I got the message
"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

Any ideas what might have caused this and fix it? If it makes any difference, I am using SATA drives.

The computer no longer boots into Windows.

Answer:Disk read error has occurred Press Ctrl Alt Delete

Its probably safe to assume that the hard drive has gone po....uhh...failed. Or a nasty virus decided to delete everything.

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Hello there. I turned my computer on today. When I checked it some time later, I had an error of messages saying lots of files (mostly .dll) could not be found (or something along those lines). Explorer.exe kept crashing, before a constant bombardment of similar messages came up. After a while, clicking ok to all of them, the computer froze.

When I tried restarting, I got the message
"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

Any ideas what might have caused this and fix it? If it makes any difference, I am using SATA drives.

The computer no longer boots into Windows.
 

Answer:Disk read error has occurred Press Ctrl Alt Delete

It sounds as if your hard drive is failing. Boot from your Windows 7 DVD and Select System Recovery
Options. In the System Recovery window click on Command Prompt. In the command box type chkdsk /r
and hit the Enter Key. Follow the prompts...
 

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This is a problem which is confusing the heck out of me, and I really don't know where to start to try and resolve this.

I have a MESH PC which uses a Maxtor hard drive with 3 partitions in NTFS format. OS is XP with SP3. The other day the PC shut down normally, but on rebooting the day after the message "Disk read error press cntrl+ alt+ delete etc." came up. I powered down for 20 mins, then switched the PC on again only to be greeted with the XP loading screen only. Switched off again and left for 20 mins then restarted. This time I was greeted with the message that Windows hadn't shut down properly, and I had the option to reboot from the last known good configuration. This problem has happened before, intermittently, since I bought the PC over 1 year ago. I've had freezes in use, hard drive light on all the time.

I've run loads of diagnostics, including Maxtor's own disk checker, and they all say the disk is fine. I've also run sfc /scannow. As it was verifying Windows files it came up with the message to insert the XP disk as some file swere missing. On doing this however it then came back and said some DLL files were missing. I had to skip the request to allow scannow to continue.

I'm baffled by all of this. The PC seems to have become really unstable and erratic. There is not much in the way of additional software loaded and I'm covered with a 3rd party firewall and Norton Antivirus (I know, for some this has caused ... Read more

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Hi

I have a Toshiba Equium a100-549 laptop, about 3 years old, running Windows XP Home Edition.
Everything has been running fine until now. While booting up my computer I got the message:

A disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del
I dont want to lose my data

Please please I need some advise what to do

Kind Regards
Aga

Answer:Equium A100-549 - disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart

> I dont want to lose my data

Well?. Everyone knows that an HDD issue can always happen and suddenly you could lose all the data stored on the HDD.
Therefore it?s always recommended to backup the data on additional HDD, DVD, etc?

I?m not quite sure if this will help you but try this:
Try to boot from Win XP disk (NOT Toshiba recovery disk) and press R. R means repair and should start the repair console.
The DOS similar window should open and there you could use an command:
chkdsk drive /p /r

The chkdsk command checks the specified drive and repairs or recovers the drive if the drive requires it.

More details can be found here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058


If this will not help, then you will need to reinstall the OS again.

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Hi I've been reading some forums about a problem I'm currently having with my hard drive. I got the message "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." And tried a solution from someone who posted in a related thread; about changing the bios settings to default. But it didn't work for me. I'm not sure what their situations where but for me... I have Windows 2000 Professional and a 250GB Maxtor HDD with 235GB of used memory on the drive. The error message just popped up the other day after my PC froze and I rebooted. I've had previous occations of data loss due to the 140GB Barrier; but this time I made sure to update my OS and some other things to make sure that didn't happen again. I have been using the HDD past 140GB safely for some time now, but then this happend. So could this be due to my Bios not being able to read the large 235GB Partition now? I have an Asus P4P800 Motherboard, with a Bios that reads "v2.51 Copyright 1985-2002 American Megatrends Inc." Would updating my Bios help this problem? Also In a thread Someone says that using "bootitng" helped him boot his computer up. Is that something That I should try in this situation. Would it be safe? I want do do this correctly without losing any files so If anyone knows the best way, or anyway I could get my computer working correctly I would highly appreciate it! Thanks you!
 

Answer:Bios/HDD Problem Please Help A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

Helo.. Ok iM new here..
Ive had this same problem on my laptop. Can some one help
 

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I have a 4600 Pro that displays the error message "a disk read error occured. Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart" as soon as the TOSHIBA logo goes away.

The laptop was given to me because the person who had it tried to upgrade to XP Pro and couldn't get it to work, error with the CD Rom drive and she deleated the old operating system (Win2000) off.

I have taken the hard drive out and did a clean install of XP by attaching the hard drive to another computer. The hard drive boots up fine on the other computer but I get the error message on the 4600 Pro.
Any ideas. I know that I need to replace the CD Rom but if I can't get it to work, I don't want to drop the money into it for a new CD Rom.

Thanks, Bob

Answer:Satellite Pro 4600: disk read error occurs - press Ctrl Alt Del to restart

Hi

Are you sure that the CD drive is dead?
I have goggled a little bit in the net and found some informations that possibly there is HDD malfunction.
Some guys have advised to use the CHKDSK C: /R to fix this problem.

But if it's a cd drive fault so it should be possible to disable the drive in the device manager.

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After restoring a ghost image, Computer boots to "A Disk Read Error Occured" Press CTRL-AlT-Del to restart. It runs Windows XP, its a Lenovo Thinkpad with a SATA drive (also in AHCI):

This is what happened. I took out the 160GB SATA from the laptop, and put it in an USB enclosure and created an image in Ghost 11 that is saved to a desktop computer, then. I restored the image to a 80GB SATA drive with a USB enclosure. I pop in that 80GB drive to the laptop and that message of "A Disk Read Error Occured" shows up.

There is only one partition.

I tried the following already:
fixboot
fixmbr
Chkdsk /r (all clean)

By the way, if I put it in an enclosure, it is accessible and does read data as normal. What can I do to fix it?
Please don't ask me to reformat, I want the laptop to use that image.

Answer:After restoring a ghost image, Computer boots to "A Disk Read Error Occured" Press CTRL-AlT-Del to restart.

The difference in drive sizes (Larger to smaller) may be the problem. I haven't used Ghost in a while, but I had a similar thing happen to me. Let me dust off my memory and dig.Edit : Look at nigels reply here: http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/len...l-will-not-boot

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Hello,
well the title pretty much says it all.
I had been getting BSODs always, but I knew how to 'control' them (since I newly installed 7, I just had to start my PC, and once Windows ran and I could login, I restarted it.. and everything worked fine.. no BSOD). However, this time, I just felt like giving it a try the first time (login in without the restart), and well, I shouldn't have.

I got a BSOD, which by then I thought was normal, but then when the PC restarted, at the black controllers-screen I get the message "A disk read error occurred - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".

This I couldn't avoid: if I restarted I got to the very same screen and so on; I've searched for help in other places (some mention changing the slave/master functions of the hard drive and so on.., but none work), so I come to you.

Please, I urgently need your help. Thank you in advance.
Chris

Answer:"A disk read error occurred - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Your hard drive has failed. Replace it.
Disk read error refers to the "hard disk".

Sorry.

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I have a home built machine with an Gigabyte Mother board, 4 GB of RAM, Pentium D 3.4 GHz proc, Zalman 650 watt power supply running Winoidws 7 32 bit with all the latest updates, however, BIOS is unconfirmed. OS drive is a 650 GB SATA with plenty of space (at least 400 GB free) and the CD/DVD Rom is IDE.

My GPU card needed cleaning, so I removed it by disconnecting the Mobo power cable, the GPU powe cable (to the card) and the ATX 12v cable (this was necessary to remove the GPU card).

After cleaning and replacing the card, and assuring all the connectors were securly fastened, I received the above error.

Windows will occassionally get past the start up logo and the screen will go black with only the mouse present (slow start up?) OR the drive light will just be lit solid with the occasional access flicker.

What I have tried:
Ran the OS System Recovery Utility from the Boot disc. Took a while, said it fixed somethings, but still get above error.
Reverted Mobo BIOS settings to default.
Tried to run CMD.exe in the syetm recover tools in the Win 7 boot disc for dskchk and run "FIXMBR" or "FIXBOOT", but since I know nothing about DOS, couldn't figure out how to get it to check my SATA drive or past X:\services.
Tired booting without external HDs and CD's in USB or Rom drives.
I have been planning on wiping my drive anyway to get 64 bit Win 7 on the machine, but would like one more boot from my C:\ for a quick back up (luckily I back up every othe... Read more

Answer:"A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."

Using another system - one that that one cannot touch (no offense), download Killdisk and use ImgBurn to burn the CD-R or DVD-R ISO (or other - I always use -R).

Then boot your system up with KillDisk and you'll see the menu - 1 of the options (apologies, don't recall which off hand) will allow you to view partitions to see what's on them.

If you can boot from that, then use non-MS OS (Linux ?) to copy files out. I am unfamiliar with Linux and procedures, but I will be glad to request help if you can view the drive with KillDisk and find files you wish to try & save.

That was some "bickering thread", BTW - I guess some need HUGE fonts like that either to emphasize their point (like some YELLING) - or maybe they lost their glasses!

One thing I can tell you - the error message that you are receiving is IMHO purely related to the DVD/CD drive - CTRL-ALT-DELETE will not re-boot the hard drive. It is from the days of DOS and floppy drives. You are probably receiving that message b/c the system cannot find what it needs on the hard drive to boot - i.e., it is not recognizing it a MS Windows installation. It also could be the media - the DVD/ CD.

KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

For info - KillDisk WILL NOT automatically start deleting files when you boot with it - you'll see the menu.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Ok, a while ago, my PC worked fine until one day I booted and it was extremely slow loading all startup programs. Eventually it froze up completely and I was forced to restart. Every time I rebooted it would restart itself whilst the loading screen for windows came up, or get through to the login screen but have mouse disabled, OR actually select my login but only ever load my desktop picture after hours and nothing more.

I tried to use my windows disk but to no avail. There was a file error. Anyway somehow through the cmd I got it to check the disks etc and it worked fine after a blue screen which checked files in 3 steps (I forget how I got this).

Then once again after a couple of weeks I am on my computer when it suddenly lags badly, grinds to a halt and everything freezes. I am shortly after forced to restart it. This time however just before the windows loading screen bit it says

"A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".

Now once again I cannot run the windows disk due to the same error, (I will get the name if necessary.) Furthermore beforehand I was able to boot in safe mode (i.e press F8, select the boot device, then press F8 some more and then get the list of CMD, last known config, safe mode etc etc), whereas now, I get the error prior to this. As far as I can tell, all I can do is play with the BIOS on the computer, which I know a bit about but not enough to know a blatant error. Needless to say I have tried resetting to... Read more

Answer:"A disk read error occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Sounds like your Hard Drive might have died. Try making a Hard Drive diagnostic Boot Disc for your brand of HDD and try that. http://www.techsupportforum.com/f234...es-302602.html

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This has been happening more often frequently, but if I restart enough my computer ends up working fine. This can't be good for my system and I can't afford to lose this.

What can I do to fix this? It seems as if it's only happening when I shut down then boot the computer up, not restart. If anyone can give me any tips on how to fix this or further maintain the health of my hard drive, please let me know.
 

Answer:"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

I'd say your HD is failing or you have a damaged file system
 

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My computer has recently started giving me an error message that says "A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart." during startup.

The first time this came up I took it into the repair shop the morning after. They turned the computer on, it started normally, and after keeping it overnight they returned it to me saying that they could find nothing wrong with it.

It worked normally for about 2 days after that and then when I was using it the system suddenly became unresponsive. I was forced to turn it off via the button on the front of my tower, and when I turned it back on the disk read error message came back up.
The next morning when I turned it on it was fine.

This process of it becoming unresponsive, giving me the error, and being fine by the next morning continued for a couple of days until now when it only shows me the error.

Help?

System Specs
Model: Gateway E4300 6-Bay Desktop
OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz (2CPUs)
Memory: 3GB RAM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
Drives: C:/,D:/(backup),E:/(external)
 

Answer:"A disk read error occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart."

Do you have backups? First thing I would suspect is the hard drive is dying, or at the very least, some important boot sector info is going bad. Try a utility boot disk of any variety like Parted Magic Live CD or make a UBCD4Win CD if you have access to a windows XP disc or image, or use a Linux LiveCD, to see if you can get access to the contents of the drive if need be. Or alternately, pull the drive and attach it as a secondary data drive to another system and see if its readable.

Based on the results of your attempts at access, further advice can be given as to what to do about the drive if that indeed turns out to be the problem.
 

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I have a problem that I was wondering whether anyone could help me with. : D

Here's the deal, I am a semi noob when it comes to computing in this sense and this is my situation:

My computer became seriously screwed yesterday and so I restarted it a couple of times by holding the power button - this then did something bad to fundamental parts of the computer. On boot up, my computer would hang at the POST screen just before detecting drives.

I read on the internet to unplug the CMOS battery and replace it. That worked, and the computer now recognizes that I have two 160GB HITACHI Deskstar Sata 2 hard drives, the computer also recognizes that they are in raid 0 configuration.

But when it comes down to booting from these HDDs it gives me the "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." error. It just tries to boot from CD, then if there are no CDs it tries the Hard disks and I get this error.

I also cannot boot from the XP install CD, it just says "Press any key to boot CD" and when I do it just gives me the disk read error again.

I have absolutely nothing on this computer so I don't have any data to lose, I can do whatever this end so even the most drastic things don't matter.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have to offer. : )



My system config is:
Motherboard : ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI
CPU : AMD Athlon X2 5000+ Dual Core
Graphics : Gainward Bliss 8800gtx
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Dell Dimension E520. This is obviously a hardware problem as this error comes up as soon as the POST hands off to the hard disk.

On a cold boot, I get "Disk Read Error, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart your computer". Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del restarts the system and it always starts up and runs without incident after this point. Performance and everytng else is plenty acceptable and error free.

I have run Seatools on the Seagate hard disk and it passes all tests.

What is causing this error?

How can it be prevented?
 

Answer:"Disk Read Error, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart your computer"

The E5xx series has had numerous BIOS updates to fix things. Go here( http://support.dell.com/support/top...t_central?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=04&l=en&lnki=0&s=bsd ) type in your service tag number and add it to your favorites. In Downloads, see if there is a newer BIOS.
 

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Hi,

I tried to install windows 7 on my computer and it caused an error and would not load. So i tried to install a fresh copy of windows XP SP3. When the computer performed it's normal reboot during the installation the computer hangs during the BIOS and gives the following error message "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart".

Any suggestions on how to fix this.

Answer:"A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

It sounds like the HDD is failing. Restart with a Windows disc again and do a Full Format, not a Quick Format. The full format will identify any bad sectors and mark them as such and not copy data to them. If there are too many bad sectors, then it will not format. You will need to buy a new HDD.

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"A disk read error occurred, press ctrl+alt+del to restart"That's the message I get every time I try to turn on my computer. Or, at least it's the one that happens every time I turn it on after it's been off for a while (ie. in the morning). It seems the only thing I can do is to restart it until Windows loads, which it always does eventually. It can take a couple of tries, or it can take 8. I just don't understand what it is. I recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, as well as put in a new hard-drive, (Samsung SpinPoint F2 EG SATA2 1.5TB). The error has occurred ever since. On three separate occasions I've thought I might have fixed it, since after all three the next time it loaded on the first try (though that might just be because the next time I booted my computer was on the same day, after I had rebooted my computer to fix the very problem).The first time I figured it might just be a physical configuration issue. I unplugged my DVD drive and my old ATA hard-drive (which is completely empty at this point anyway), and rechecked the cables on my new 1.5TB and my old 500GB SATA (where my Windows 7 partition is). I've since plugged both of those back in. The second time I did some googling, and it seemed it might have to do with the BIOS. Now, I've never updated the BIOS in the two and a half years since I got a new mainboard (partly because I don't have a floppy drive anymore). I used MSI's in-windows BIOS flash s... Read more

Answer:"A disk read error occurred, press ctrl+alt+del to restart"

I think if you had a configuration error, it would be more consistent.Since your problem only occurs on startup when the computer has been cold and powered down for a while, it sounds more like a thermal issue.For example, a hairline crack on the motherboard might make contact after the MB has warmed up and the traces have expanded a little to bridge the gap.Similarly, such erratic behavior can come from poorly seated or dirty edge connectors on the memory or card edge connectors on expansion cards. Also from cable jacks not properly seated, or cables separating from their plugs.So sometimes you can get things running with some cleaning and reseating things.Others may have other ideas for you, but this gives you something to do while you wait...

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After my Gateway LT280u loads the F2 and F12 screen a black screen Follows saying:
"A Disk Read Error Occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"
I have tried and tried again to get it to start.
Will take any advice to try to fix Computer problem
(It seems F8 doesn't work when pressed either)

Answer:"A Disk Read Error Occured Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Have a look at Option 2 in this tutorial, which explains how to run a disk check from a command prompt.

Disk Check

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I have a problem that I was wondering whether anyone could help me with. : D

Here's the deal, I am a semi noob when it comes to computing in this sense and this is my situation:

My computer became seriously screwed yesterday and so I restarted it a couple of times by holding the power button - this then did something bad to fundamental parts of the computer. On boot up, my computer would hang at the POST screen just before detecting drives.

I read on the internet to unplug the CMOS battery and replace it. That worked, and the computer now recognizes that I have two 160GB HITACHI Deskstar Sata 2 hard drives, the computer also recognizes that they are in raid 0 configuration.

But when it comes down to booting from these HDDs it gives me the "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." error. It just tries to boot from CD, then if there are no CDs it tries the Hard disks and I get this error.

I also cannot boot from the XP install CD, it just says "Press any key to boot CD" and when I do it just gives me the disk read error again.

I have absolutely nothing on this computer so I don't have any data to lose, I can do whatever this end so even the most drastic things don't matter.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have to offer. : )

My system config is:
Motherboard : ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI
CPU : AMD Athlon X2 5000+ Dual Core
Graphics : Gainward Bliss 8800gtx
RAM : 2GB Corsair something or other.
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Hello
I have a Toshiba windows Xp professional 2001 Laptop

Before I got this error my computer was doing a shut down update. I forgot to plug the charger before I left to work and the screen said "please do not unplug or shut off computer" so I'm guessing my computer died before it could finish updating. I went home turned it on and got "a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart" restarted it and just keeps looping to that screen.

Spent hours searching the internet for a solution and nothing. So the only answer I could think of is factory reset it. Is there another way? Will it work? Please help

Thanks in advance

Answer:Will Factory Reset Fix "a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart"

If you have a Windows XP CD you can boot off of the that and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter this will try to repair any problems.
If you don't have an XP CD, you can download the ISO image for the Recovery Console: DOWNLOAD: Windows Recovery Console Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD in the troubled computer, and follow the above instructions.

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I recently built a new PC, however I'm having a problem installing Windows XP onto my SATA drive. It works perfectly if I use an IDE, but this is what happens with SATA:
-Goes to the setup screen and puts on the necessary files.
-Asks me to format.
-Starts the 15 second restart timer, then restarts.
-I change the boot order to HDD first.
-It tells me "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" when it's supposed to continue with the installation.

I've tried the drivers that came with the motherboard and no-go. I've also tried with no drivers and it still gives me this error. One time, I believe it said something about "Boot", but it flashed on the screen too fast and restarted to see what it said.

EDIT: If I made a direct copy from an IDE drive onto this SATA one, is there a chance that might help? If there's a driver issue, it would have all the drivers needed on the Hard-Drive wouldn't it?

Motherboard: Asus A8N-VM CSM
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700 1MB L2 Cache
Case + Power: Antec Sonata II 450w PSU
RAM: Crucial Rendition 1GB PC3200 x 2
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATAII
GPU: Radeon 9600 XT AGP
 

Answer:Solved: SATA installation in XP = "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart"

Fixed it simply by making a clone of my IDE drive on my SATA drive :-].
 

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Wow,

So I did some work on this machine not too long ago. It had basically lost one hard drive in a raid 0 setup during a power surge, and this poor fellow lost all his data. I tried to talk him into upgrading to a third drive for future situations like this, but now not even two weeks later, when he boots, we get to a screen that says

a disk read error occurred
press ctrl alt del to restart

A browse through these wonderful forums is telling me that his hard drive, or at least the partition on 1 of the drives is toast, which would be disastrous at this point. So I am truly hoping for another solution. Yes the machine is running Raid 0. When I boot the machine I get to the intel boot agent screen with the option to enter the setup menu (this is not the bios, just a boot agent something or other where you can tell the machine to boot according to the bios ect) Following that, the screen goes blank, the super micro graphic screen comes up just briefly and then bam, this good old message appears, so there does not even appear to be a way to get into the bios.

I am desreate for advice... If I must resinstall windows, then so be it, but we are talking thousands of dollars worth of data, that would be lost. Please please help!
 

Answer:Raid 0, Boot prob, "A disk read error occurred" press ctrl alt del to restart

Try hitting del continuously when booting to see if you can get into the bios, then see what drives in the raid array are recognized.
 

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Im trying to fix a laptop running xp home edition with this error message, but it just keeps going back to boot up.

Ive searched it on google and read lots of ways to try to fix it but i have some other issues that prevent me from doing the suggestions.

If i insert a windows xp disc and re-boot i get ...loading cd then nothing (i have set the bios to cd-rom first boot device).
I have a seperate recovery panel cd but the same thing happens.
The laptop doesnt have a floppy drive.

I think ive covered all the obvious things to try but now im proper stuck.

I did manage to get a hard drive utility to load and it checked the drive for errors but found no problem.

Any ideas?

Thanx
Paul

Answer:[SOLVED] Error - Disk read error press alt, ctrl, del

i think proving the HDD is the culprit try using a different hdd and boot from that. if that works then you A) need to format or zero the disk then format
or B) buy a new hdd. this does seem to be hardware with the information you have given,

can you tell us what happened to cause this problem

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So i'm getting this error msg when I boot up Windows XP

Disc Read Error - Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart. I do it but then it just comes up with that screen again.

I have tried countless of times but it doesn't want to seem to work.

This started happening after a game crash. Of artifacting and overheating and all that. So right now i'm using Ubuntu but it sucks. I hate it. I'm getting artifacts all over the screen. It's driving me insane. I can't seem to go into Windows Safe Mode either like trying to press F8 and all that. Otherwise, I would have tried to do a System Restore.

So does anyone have any solutions? All help would be greatly appreciated.

Imranq...
 

Answer:Disc Read Error - Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart.

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Hi, this is my first post and i am not very good with computers so please bare with me.
If anyone could please help me i would be so grateful, as the only person who can help me (who i live with is in hospital and i have no idea when he will be coming home) and i really need my laptop working.

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1300 and i have had it for a few years (not sure exactly). the only thing that me and my dad have done to it is add more memory.

OK a couple of days ago, i decide to take everything ( i wanted to keep) of my laptop so i could restore it back to its factory settings. i then restarted my computer and pressed Ctrl+F11 which takes you too the restore to factory settings page (thats what i had read, so thats what i did). it asked me if i still wanted to restore or to reboot, i chose RESTORE. i pressed restore and confirmed it. once i had confirmed a bars came up and was loading. after that had finished loading, a box came up reading -

The system recovery process was NOT successful.

CAUTION: Do not manually shut down your computer. click finish button to reboot.

so i followed the instructions and pressed finish, but it rebooted and then came up (with this really annoying message) -

Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done

A disk read error occured
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

i have done that so many times. As this would not work me and my brother (who is not good with computers also) tried finding the solution. but could not find anything.... Read more

Answer:A Disc read error accurred press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

go into the bios and activate "Load Fail-Safe Defaults".also,run memtest.http://majorgeeks.com/Memtest86_d1247.html
Post back.
 

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So I just turned on my computer today and my boot loader kept freezing up. This happens every now and then so I booted up into safe mode, opened up EasyBCD, and hit 'Reset BCD Storage', where it would then usually boot up fine. Now, however, every time I boot up my computer, I get this error message. Every time I restart, I constantly get this message. I tried booting with the Vista CD so I can repair, but it goes straight to the reformat partition screen because I lost my original CD and am using one I dl'd off the internet (though the key is legit).

Please help!

Answer:Constantly getting "Disk Read Error. Please hit ctrl + alt + delete to restart"

Repairing the Windows Vista Bootloader - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

Check that.

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I have an IBM thinkpad (a friend of mine) that I'm trying to see what's wrong with it.  Whenever you start it up, it runs through the diagnostic tests and eventually provides the message listed in my subject.  I attempted to press f12 during one of the reboots since i saw something on here from someone else that had luck but didn't really see anything i felt comfortable about changing.  After i exited, it began rebooting and displayed the error "No operating system found".  I then turned the power off and began receiving the same message as i originally got "a disk read error occurred".  Before i received the computer, my friend was told the hard drive was shot and there was no hope in retrieving any files.  Is this true?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,Frank

Answer:"A disk read error occurred" "Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Quote from: Katman_09 on October 29, 2010, 05:04:19 PM...Before i received the computer, my friend was told the hard drive was shot and there was no hope in retrieving any files.  Is this true?....Your description seems to indicate this is true.

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Now that I have gone through a full reformat and everything was working fine, I get a new issue.

When I reboot I get a black screen after windows XP PRO screen that says Disk Error Press any key to restart. I have tried system restore, repair with XP PRO disc and no change.

I have a feeling it is some kind of change made it the boot process but what? How do I fix it?
 

Answer:disk error Press any key to restart

Hi, sounds like the disk has gone bad to me, check that it,s connected properly. of course i may be wrong.

Bill
 

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clean install of win xp home wont start after reformating and clean install,
disk error press any key to restart black screen

Answer:disk error press any key to restart

Try entering Bios and selecting 'Use defaults' if you have that option (or words to that effect).

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hi. On startup I'm getting -

Disk error press any key to restart.

The first drama said NTDLR missing. But now on reboot it say Disk error.

The HDD works fine on my other PC. I know its a glitch and not a failed motherboard as its happened before but I forgot the cure.
 

Answer:Disk error press any key to restart.

It sounds like a failing drive. Get your data off from it and test it.

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:
HD Tune
Ariolic Disk Scanner (Checks disk for read errors)
Manufacturer's Tests
Victoria for DOS
Victoria for Windows (Both versions of Victoria are among the best and most thorough tests available.)
CheckDisk 1.03 (Marks bad sectors as unusable.)
HDAT2 (Diagnostics and temporary bad sector recovery)
MHDD Low-level Diagnostics
Bootable Hitachi Drive Fitness Test Floppy or CD Image (works on most drives)

Hard Drive Manufacturers' Diagnostic Utilities Links:
TachTech
BleepingComputer
 

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...is the message I received when I tried to start my computer. I pressed several keys to restart, but would get the same message: disk error press any key to restart. After hitting CLT+ALT+DELETE several times, I finally made it to the desktop and then went to My Computer to run the the disk scan for errors. All is well now, but I'm a little hesitant in shutting down my computer b/c this is the second time this has happened AFTER I ran the disk scan. Can someone explain why this happened? Thx

Answer:Disk Error - Press Any Key to Restart

Hi and welcome to TSF !

Read this article from MS :
Error message when you start your computer with a non-system disk

What's the brand and model of your computer ? Check the posting system specs in my sig.

Make sure there's no floppy nor CD in the drives. Check the hard drive cables inside the computer. Change the boot order priority to HDD first in the BIOS.

I would backup your personal data on another drive to stay on the safe side.

When you ran the disk scan did you check the two boxes labelled "automatically fix file system errors" and "scan for bad sectors" ? If not redo a scan and check those boxes (or go to start => run and type chkdsk c: /R, this'll do the same). The scan will take some time, once you're back within Windows go to start => run and type eventvwr.msc. Locate the latest winlogon event in the application section, double-click it, click once on the third icon on the right (this copies the info in the memory) and right-click => paste it here.

What's the brand and model of your hard drive : check on the sticker that's on the drive itself or give us the exact model id in the device manager (start => run => devmgmt.msc) when you expand disk drives. You may want to run the manufacturer's diagnostic utility to make sure the drive is not failing.

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I came home to a black screen with the message

disk error
press any key to restart

well, that's all the farther I can get, I hit a key and it posts the message again. I've turned it off and on again, and I get the same error. what do I do?
 

Answer:disk error, press any key to restart

I'm a dumbass, it was a floppy disk
 

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Whilst doing nothing important, i got a Kernel Inpage error (pretty sure it was the data one instead of the stack one, but didn't write it down) and now my computer stops after the post screen and says 'Disk Error. Press any key to reset'. All of the hard disks in there (both SATA and IDE) get this error, but get this, all of the hard disks work fine in another computer!

Best course of action?

Answer:'Disk Error. Press any key to restart'

Hard drive data cable may have a problem.

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So my laptop, a Dell XPS M1530, froze and I had to force restart. Then when I turned it on it wouldn't get past the Log In screen no matter what I tried. So I pulled the hard drive out, hooked it up as an external, pulled my important data off, hooked it back up, and reformatted my laptop. Once the formatting was finished it restart, but now it pops up saying "Disc Read Error. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete," and this becomes an endless cycle. It wouldn't boot from a disc either and a friend of mine thinks my hard drive might be screwed. I'm really hoping that isn't the case.

I'm not a very technical person but I'm doing my best to try to fix this thing on my own. Any helpful suggestions?

Answer:Disc Read Error. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete. . . Help?!

Okay this is a possible cause that the HDD is gone so please Hook it up as an external drive and then Run a checkdisk on it also Please Use a HDD checker

Check Disk - chkdsk

I use this for Checking HDD but the choice is yours


   Note
You will need to use the Health tab when using HDtune

HD Tune website

Josh

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I am having this issue repeatedly. While able to correct with an Acronis Partition restore, I need to find the real solution.

I have a DELL Inspiron 600m Laptop. I swapped out the 60 Gig Toshiba HD with a WD 160 Gig Scorpion in July 2007. Everything worked fine until this year when I hit the magical space usage of 100 Gig.

There is speculation on the web (via a google search) that these large drives (120G and above) are not usable on the 600m, but I just checked the Dell site for user installable hardware and found my exact WD Scorpion model (wd1600beve) listed in the "upgrade" section for my system. I could buy this HD right now online.

After I copy a file that puts me beyond this boundary the system get the "a disk read error occurred. Press alt-ctl-del" on the next reboot of the system. I tried doing a fixmbr, bootcfg rebuild and none of this helped. I used to be able to run the XP disk to start the repair console, yet now the repair console startup hangs.

I can access the drive fully, doing a backup or copying of the drive using a USB drive adapter cable on the hard drive with another computer.

I can restore the backup copy of the partitions from Acronis using a USB Drive adapter cable and the problem goes away. That is until I save more large files. Say restoring all the data since the backup was done previously.

Every diagnostic for DELL and WD comes back fine. I can access the data on another system using the USB cable.

It seems like the MBR... Read more

Answer:A disk read error occured. Press alt-ctl-del

I had a similar problem with a desktop PC with a WD HDD and ran the diagnostic test program from WD and it diagnosed a cable fault. Replacing the SATA cable fixed it.
Look here for diagnostic program:

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?level1=7&lang=en
 

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