Disk Read Error!


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Kamrad

I know there are already a few threads about this, but I seriously need help,
as it's way more stuffed up than it started out to be.

OK, so earlier today I got Windows XP Professional x64.
I tried first installing it on my brothers computer (previously had Windows
7 x64 installed). So my brother backed-up all he needed, I restarted the
computer, hit enter on the boot disk option, waited for everything to load,
selected install, deleted his previous partition, and made a clean install on
a new partition. The installation was fine. Once it had finished, the
computer restarted (as normal) then once it got to the boot disk command, it
read "DISK READ ERROR", though I could still boot the disk, making it
possible to re-do everything again (fresh install, and whatever) also to
repair. First off I tried to repair, obviously I had never tried repairing a
computer before, as I had never needed to, so I was left not knowing what the
____ I had to do in the command menu.
So I just restarted the computer, done a fresh install half a several times,
every time the disk boot error appeared. So I came onto my computer (the one
I'm using right now) and searched up this error, and found this site. Though
I was looking through old threads (not realising) and tried out some of the
things other people have suggested.
So what I did then was change the jumpers at the back of the hard drive and
DVD drive, setting my hard drive as master and DVD drive as slave. I then
turned the computer back on, same thing happened. moved them around a little
bit, hoping it will make a difference. Still no change.
I'm not sure what exactly triggered this, but the next time I turned the
computer on, it came up with the same error, but modified, saying "DISK BOOT
FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". I figured they meant system
disk by the Windows XP disk (Probably not that disk), so I tried that, no
change, I tried another disk, still no change.
I read some other suggestions, someone said it may be the IDE/SATA cable, so
I changed the IDE cable for a new one, still comes up with the same error.

Can someone please help! I hope I didn't make it any worse :(
 
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David B.

You need to learn how to crosspost, rather than multiposting, and keep it to
relevant groups, the Media Center group is not even remotely on topic.
 
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Andrew E.

Thier is no such item as a IDE/SATA cable,the 2 are completely diffrent.
Also,while jumper pin settings are needed,the BIOS dictates which hardware
gets boot priority (check the settings)..Also,a disk read error usually
always
is a hardware problem,specifically with the hd or its
controller,reinstalling &
repairing the OS is a waste of time if you have hd problems..Youre best bet,
boot to xp cd, press r for recovery console,in recovery type:DiskPart
Delete the
partitions,create one,press ESC key,type:CHKDSK C: /R Type:EXIT when thru,
reboot to xp cd,reinstall xp..Delete the partition as you did before
 

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