disk read error

  tarkus 22:37 30 Mar 2004

friend has just purchased new pc window xp pro ntfs file system on disk wanted to transfer all his files from his old pc to new one. took hard drive out of old pc and put it as slave on the same ide channel as new hard drive. this old hard drive had win 98 on it now when he tries to boot all he gets is disk read error and can't go any further. if he disconects the old drive windows wont boot gives the same error message disk read error. any one have any ideas please

  Diodorus Siculus 22:42 30 Mar 2004

Check that it is set as slave when on the new machine. Does it work on the old one still?

  tarkus 23:03 30 Mar 2004

yes hard drive is set as slave, hes not trying to boot from the old hard drive he just wants to copy his files and folders across to the new drive/computer, since putting the old drive into the new computer he can't boot. all he gets is disk read error and the same message if he disconnects the drive seems that the old drive with win 98 on it has some how corrupted the new drive

  gudgulf 23:17 30 Mar 2004

Maybe when he put the old hard drive in he dislodged the ide connector to the motherboard or new drive.Or has the connector to the old drive been put in the wrong way round?-- this shouldn't really be possible, but just a thought.

  tarkus 23:23 30 Mar 2004

no all cables connected correctly, he can't try the old pc out as the motherboard developed a fault thats why he brought a new pc

  gudgulf 23:46 30 Mar 2004

Have you tried booting to the advanced startup menu--press f8 as the pc boots then selecting last known good configuration (with just the xp hd connected). This might get you back into windows on the new pc.

I've used the method of recovering old files a number of times wihout problem when sorting out dead pc's for friends.Are you sure the old hard drive is functional?

  gudgulf 23:47 30 Mar 2004

That should read this method!!!!

  tarkus 23:51 30 Mar 2004

tried f8 no luck still same problem, can't boot it into safe mode at all. all i can get it to is a command prompt and thats all

  gudgulf 23:58 30 Mar 2004

Try having a look in the bios to make sure that the hard drive is recognised and that it is set as a boot device.

  TGat 00:07 31 Mar 2004

I think there is problem with compatibility between Win98 and XP. Maybe you should reformat your new hard drive and change filing system into FAT? Did you try that?

  gudgulf 00:19 31 Mar 2004

Xp has no problem reading fat files--Ive just rebuilt a pc running 98 and used my xp pro(ntfs) pc to back up all the files from the old pc in exactly the way that tarkus has described.

Although something has screwed up his new hard drive---so you may well be right in thinking in terms of reformatting.

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