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Disk read error/ Installer and recovery hanging

Q: Disk read error/ Installer and recovery hanging

My laptop has been experiencing the disk read error on startup I called Sony I have a Sony VAIO Laptop hanging Installer and Disk recovery error/ read VPCF FD and they put me through all these steps including trying to Disk read error/ Installer and recovery hanging boot up the recovery partition of the drive Through the steps taken they think that the OS is corrupt as the computer had been freezing before The only step that has taken effect is the reset default values of the BIOS When the recovery partition is selected it hangs between the quot Starting Windows quot screen and the first recovery screen Sony wanted me to pay for discs to be sent to my house but I am building a gaming desktop PC so I thought I would just buy the OEM System Builder Win Home Prem x and use that disc to install as I have the product key my laptop uses So I bought the disc today and booted my laptop off of it but like the recovery partition it sits between the Start Windows screen and the first install screen I was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything I can do to fix this all help would be appreciated Thanks FYI The mouse pointer does appear on the screen during the hang between the screens I can move the pointer around so I know that it is not frozen

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A: Disk read error/ Installer and recovery hanging

Does the HD register in BIOS setup? If so set SATA controller to AHCI to try install.

Boot the DVD, press Shift + F10 at first screen to open a Command Box, run Diskpart Clean Command.

Then follow these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If install continues to fail, post back at what stage inClean Install Windows 7 and any verbatim error messages

Remember not to use the retail OEM Product Key you bought as it will become locked to that mobo. You own the license which came with the laptopn for it's life, using the Product Key on COA sticker on bottom.
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Hi -- First go in and fill out your system specs completely. == Are both of the PC's using the same Win 7, Home Premium or whatever the case may be? Are they both OEM or Retail?
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A:A disk read error has occurred but disk can be read

If you have the Repair CD on USB flash, then boot into it and select Recover Using an Image, browse to the WindowsImageBackup file on 1tb, reimage it to the new HD.

Or if you have WD or Seagate on either end, use their excellent free Acronis cloning app on the Downloads webpage for your model. Then just clone the old HD over to the new one without the 1tb plugged in.
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A:2nd Toshiba recovery disk will not read

FWIW: Malware is not a software problem, it's a malware problem requiring an entirely different set of procedures/concepts...for overcoming such. Software problems ordinarily can be solved by simply uninstalling the software. Not so with malware...the efffects on the system may be felt long after the malware items have been removed.

As for recovery disks...the system manufacturer is responsible for determining how they work...what they do...what they won't do.

There is no standard rule for recovery disks...they may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even system to system within the product line of a given manufacturer.

You would have to read the documentation for your particular become knowledgeable about these disks.

I myself don't have any systems with recovery disks and the one OEM (Dell] laptop I own...I've done a clean install of Win 7 with a MS Upgrade DVD which I purchased.


Although your title is about Ghost...which is a backup software...I don't see much about it. If you have a backup, then you should restore it...assuming that it's useable and was properly made. I've not used Ghost, I still use its predecessor (Powerquest Drive Image) when I want to do backups of XP.

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A:System Wont Read Recovery Disk

Well, let me start by asking this, did the computer, when you got it, come with Windows XP SP1 than you upgraded to SP2 and/or have you updated the bios or any system preferences?

It seems to me that maybe the recovery CD is out of date. Have you tried re-intalling the programs that don't work and making sure there isn't a third-party application corrupting your files?

If you have a Windows XP install CD, try repairing the Windows install with that instead of the Gateway CD.

As for the beeping keyboard strikes, that's probably just a keyboard error that you either press the keys too late or too early, or something else. Try the other things and if that's not the case and you need to get to the CD, we'll work with the keyboard thing.

And also, do you run the CD at startup or while Windows is running? I've never owned a Gateway and only worked on a few, so I'm unsure of when you actually use the restore disc.
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Dell discs normally are pre-activated and do not require entering a product key. However, you should have a sticker with the product key to use. If its a laptop its usually in the battery compartment. On a desktop its usually on the back or bottom.

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A: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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A:[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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A:disk read error and error loading operating system

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A:Disk Read Error while installing SP3, then 1802 error

Hi Butterfly, where did the disk read error appear? Was it on the black screen you see when you first power on the computer? A disk read error is normally the result of the computer not being able to read from the hard drive. When that's the case, it's time to replace the hard drive.

Does Windows start or do you ever get as far as the Windows logo?
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A:Disk read error/ ctrl alt delete error

Short clarification:

OP first posted about CTRL + ALT + DEL acting wrong, not doing the default task associated with this key combo. As the thread advanced we noticed OP has a bunch of other issues which IMO could get better response here.

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A:Disk Read Error

I would download the hard drive diagnostic tool from the drive manufacturer's website. It will be in the form of a .iso so will need to be burned to a disk. Not sure what you are referring to when you say "Problem is the disk drive failed about two months before this happened" - the hard drive on the vaio laptop, or the desktop? Are you saying you replaced the drive 2 months ago and the error is on the new drive? Anyway I think the disk needs checking out.
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A:Disk Read Error

Have you checked the Troubleshooting section of the Dell support page...for your particular system model?

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A:Disk read error

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Ultra DMA : Ultra DMA 5
Smart Monitoring:supported

Settings All auto, 32Bit Data Transfer Enabled.

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A:Disk Read Error

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:
Manufacturer's Tests
Victoria for DOS
Victoria for Windows (Both versions of Victoria are among the best and most thorough tests available.)
HD Tune
CheckDisk 1.03 (Marks bad sectors as unusable.)
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Welcome to the TSG forums.

Open your system, and check to be SURE that the cables going to the harddrive are properly seated. DO NOT REMOVE them UNTIL you are POSITIVE you could put them back EXACTLY the way they were when you first saw them. It wouldn't hurt you to take notes.

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Good luck - HTH

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Yes it is possible, however a dual boot config using XP on one drive and Vista on another is more complex than it used to be.

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A:Disk read error?

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A:Disk read error

Can you boot into safe mode? What errors are on the screen. If possible, I would backup your data to an external source. Check your device manager to see if any drivers or devices are not functioning.
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Welcome to the TSG forums.

Open your system, and check to be SURE that the cables going to the harddrive are properly seated. DO NOT REMOVE them UNTIL you are POSITIVE you could put them back EXACTLY the way they were when you first saw them. It wouldn't hurt you to take notes.

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Open My Computer.

Right click on C drive

Select "Properties"

Select "Tools" tab

Under "Error Checking" click on "Check Now"

In the box that opens check both boxes

Click "Start"

When asked if you want to schedule a disk check at next boot - confirm

Reboot and allow chkdsk to do it's thing.

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Hi and welcome to TSF try using your install or recovery disc and run a repair Startup Repair: frequently asked questions
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A:Can't Read From Disk error

Quote: Originally Posted by jchase520

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A:Disk read error

Hello Uchiha Madara and Welcome -
Run a Disk Check on your main drive in Windows :

•Click Start and open My Computer
•Right-click on C: (or your main Hard Drive letter) and select Properties
•Click on the Tools tab
•Under Error-checking, click the Check Now... button
•Mark the 2 boxes next to Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
•Click on the Start button
•When the message box pops up, click the Schedule disk check button and >>Restart<< your computer
•Once your computer restarts it will check the drive, don't press any keys so that it is allowed to do so.
Please allow all 5 stages of the scan to complete .............
This can take between 1 and 2 hours (on average) depending on your computer, then reboot back to Normal mode -
Never stop the scan during Stages 1 / 2 / or 3 as this will cause problems to your computer.
Thank You -
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A:Disk Read Error

It appears that your HDD has failed. The error message "A disk read error occured - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" means that the system cannot find the HDD.

Run HDD diags -

Start with SeaTools for DOS.

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what are you running
video card
power supply

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A:Disk read error

Disk read error does usually indicate the drive is bad.

Check your HDD for errors

Disk Check

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A:Disk read error

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A:disk read error

Quote: Originally Posted by pcmatty

hi guys

trying to get my train simulator 2014 updated on steam.
but when it gets near the end i get error pop up.

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any idea why this happen and how can i fix this

thanx matty

Hi pcmatty,

I believe the best place to post this error would be below:

Steam Community :: Train Simulator 2014

However, you should run the diagnostics on the system to ensure there is no error on the harddrive of the system. Check this video which would be helpful:


Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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Is the drive seen in the bios?
Will the system boot from your system cd?
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If you don't have the XP CD, you can get the Recovery Console here:

An ISO image that will create a bootable CD containing the Recovery Console is available here:

If interested, the MD5 hash of this file is here:

and burn it to CD with this:

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A:Disk Read Error

Yes, send it to Sony Computer Entertainment America. They know about this issue, it is all too common. If anyone has a PS2, chances are you will eventually get a "Disc Read Error" and although SCEA will come off like they are sympathizing with you, they will and have to fix for free. You pay for shipping, but if you escalate the call, they might send you an airbill.

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A:disk read error

sandave003 said:

250 gb harddisk which came from replacement of sataClick to expand...

Not quite sure what you mean there, but it sounds like you might have a problem with your hard drive. Can you boot from CD/DVD OK? If so then try booting off a windows install disk and running a surface scan on your hard drive. If you get any surface errors then it's probably a duff HDD.


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A:Disk Read Error

Yes you posted here too:
Sounds like a faulty HardDrive to me
Have you tried purchasing a new one (they don't last forever)
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A:Disk Read Error

Means your hard drive is corrupt in some fashion, and dell's factory installed partitioning scheme is having problems.Try reading this: thing to try before attempting solution #3 is to boot your Install cd and from the Recovery console run "chkdsk /r". This might not work depending on exactly how badly damaged your disk is, but it's worth a shot.
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A:Disk Read Error.

It sounds like the drive has failed.

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A:Disk Read Error

Sounds like the drivers aren't being loaded/copied during the install. Here is a guide that outlines each step along the install:
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A:Disk read error

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A:Disk read error

Chkdsk never 'stops' from recovery console, it may however take a LONG time to finish. I have seen 4-6 hours on some disks.

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A:A disk read error

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A:Help! Disk read error

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A:Disk Read Error

None of this has worked.

Any ideas?
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A:Disk Read Error

Hello and welcome to the forum.

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Create a Recovery Disc

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A:Disk Read Error help

have you tried to set the boot order CD>HDD make the cd first to boot
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A:'Disk read error'

Do you have an XP CD? If you do, boot with it, press "R" for "repair", log in to the Recovery Console, and run chkdsk /r on your drive.

If you have no CD, you can make one with one of these:

XP Recovery Console CD Image with autofmt.exe for formatting
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Make a note of any bad clusters that are mentioned in the final report.
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A:need help. disk read error


Boot to the repair options as before - at the command promt, type:


sel disk 0

detail disk

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A:Disk read error

Yes, your hard drive is dying or dead. Back up your stuff if you can.
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A:A disk read error

Run chkdsk on the disk from the XP disc or download the hard drive diagnostic utility from your hard drive's manufacturer and run it on your disk. The symptoms point to a dead or dying hard drive.
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A:Disk read error

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UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

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