Can't boot, unsure of the reason.

  Houpdoup 15:14 10 Apr 2013
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The past couple of days, I've not been able to boot my computer. When I try to boot I receive one of two messages:

A disk read error has occurred

or

Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key

I've tried using the windows startup repair, and a system restore via the installation disk, but both were to no avail.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated, I can supply as much information as you need.

  Houpdoup 16:02 10 Apr 2013

It's not an old computer, I've tried booting with the hard drive first but it yields the same results. No issues with date and time changing.

  Chronos the 2nd 16:11 10 Apr 2013

Possible hard-drive failure. Make sure you have all your personal stuff backed up and run some tests on the HDD. HDDScan. Or others here. If the drive is failing then system restore or start up repair will not help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:37 10 Apr 2013

Could also be a bad connection to the HDD

always worth checking or swapping cables to the drive.

  wiz-king 17:49 10 Apr 2013

Make sure you haven't left a disk in the cd/dvd drive.

  Houpdoup 19:29 10 Apr 2013

If it's any help for diagnosis, it's been doing this for about 2 or 3 months, but generally I just restart until it boots correctly. I don't know if this is useful information or not, but I hope so.

  Chronos the 2nd 08:41 11 Apr 2013

I stand by my earlier post though it certainly would not hurt to swap the data cable of your HDD.

  lotvic 14:59 11 Apr 2013

I agree with Chronos, symptoms of hard drive on way out if it's not a faulty data cable.

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