Disk read error

  joolzski 07:55 06 Oct 2009

Hi there, my computer was working fine, until this morning when i turned it on and it wont start.

It comes up with a message saying

:A disk read error occurred press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

Any suggestions before i do the inevitable??


  Technotiger 08:35 06 Oct 2009

Restart in Safe Mode and then do a System Restore back to yesterday or before.

  joolzski 08:40 06 Oct 2009

ok cool will give this a try. Thanks.

  joolzski 08:51 06 Oct 2009

Hi, i cant seem to be able access safe mode by pressing F8, I can get into the bios settings but not safe mode.


  Technotiger 09:25 06 Oct 2009

Are you repeatedly pressing it, not holding F8 down?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:34 06 Oct 2009

Go into BIOS and check that BIOS is detecting your hard drive?

A disk read error usually means windows can not read the drive correctly and you may need to an repair of the drive using chkdsk /r.

What operating system?

  joolzski 19:16 06 Oct 2009

Hi yes i have been repeatedly pressing F8 still no joy to get into safe mode. Anyways I actually got it working again now. I Inserted my xp cd and Selected the Repair bit, and when in the black screen bit with C: i entered CHKDSK /R and let it go through the processes, and it eventually it fixed a problem and i am up and running again.

Thanks for your replies by the way.


  Technotiger 19:16 06 Oct 2009

Grreat, thanks for your feedback.

  woodchip 19:21 06 Oct 2009

As per above Disc Error is Just That, It cannot read the bit it's looking at on the drive. If you can get to Safe Mode Do a Disc Check. If not download click here there are disc tools on the download that you can use for to check the disc

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