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My restore dvd boots up and runs till it comes to the progress bar.then says,write sector failure,result=1,drive=128,sectures 6291519 to 629158.what dose this mean.

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That means that your harddrive is failing. You need to replace it.

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Can I fix my Seagate hard drive to bootable?

Hi, two things to try.
1. If you have the Win7 cd/dvd, go here and read:

But I'm thinking that you have a few bad sectors in the HD's boot area (educed from your tzak.tzak description - which is head seek (bang) trying to find the boot sectors). Which I'm not sure that Win7 recovery can cope with. But check out this link and read/follow links:

And this link (better?):

2. Go here and get SystemRescueCd:
It contains many tools for the repair of malfed systems.
You will want to use this tool: TestDisk
Popular disk recovery software. Recovers lost partitions and repairs unbootable systems by repairing boot sectors. It can also be used to recover deleted files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystems. File system recovery is supported for reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others.

In closing, I would get a new HD, maybe a SSD? to replace your original hard drive (It may be failing, or it took a hard knock while in the boot phase, causing head-bang in the boot sector - not good). Make the new drive your master and use the old one for misc. data that you have originals of, i.e. music cd's, dvd movies, programs off-loaded from Tivo/DVR, etc.

Hope this at least gets you going in the right direction...

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This notebook can't find or read the C;drive. Windows willnot open unless recovery disk 1 is inserted.

Better than not chance of C: failure or nearing failure. Although it could be a corrupt boot sector on the drive. You can try using the Windows repair console to fix.

What I think is happening is you are booting from the CD and then running programs from the C:

Does your computer have a restore D: ... that may be an option. If your drive supports it, you could do the S.M.A.R.T. test to see if it passes.

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I cant turn on my laptop, it says that an error occure while attempting to read boot configuration data, what should i do?i dont have back-ups

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, Insert your installation DVD and select Start-up Repair from the options. If Windows completes a check of the startup problems and is unable to fix the problem - follow the procedures located at this support link or go to "Suggestion 1" - If Start-up repair fixes the issue, HOORAY! you should be able to boot up without a problem when you restart the system. Performing a system restore usually will not help repair or reverse a corrupted boot sector.
CANT FIND YOUR WINDOWS INSTALLATION DVD???? Don't sweat it... if you or anyone you know have a legitimate copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7 running on one of their systems - you can make a repair disk on their system and use it on your own. The menu for how to do this is located in Control Panel under Back Up and Restore --- Create a System Repair Disk.
Suggestion 1 - Download a Live CD or Live USB Version of Knoppix or GParted . download the latest version of Gparted here: and full documentation here: These are Linux Operating Systems which install into memory and boot from your CDROM drive or USB thumb drive completely bypassing your native operating system and hard disk drive. Each of these operating systems uses a familiar interface and install with a complete set of features to enable internet access, diagnostics & troubleshooting tools, media creation and burning tools, back-up and drive image tools, in addition to disk utilities, usb utilities, system profilers, file viewers etc.
Why is this useful? If you have critical data on your laptop you do not want to lose, these operating systems will not only provide you diagnostic and repair tools, but allow you to retrieve your critical and important information from your Windows installation and save it to another USB drive or DVD/CDROM Disk . . . or even a cloud storage location. Because the error you are reporting indicates an possible issue with your computers boot sector which is preventing it from starting up, this could be due to damage or major failure of your hard driver
Use GParted's Disk Diagnostic Smart tools to detect HDD failures. You can use the partition editor to repair or reformat the boot sector once you have backed up and saved to a new location any data you wished to preserve. You can also use GParted as a temporary Operating System even if your hard drive is dead or missing. You just set your laptop system settings (BIOS) to boot from the DVD/CDROM if bootable media is present. You can use a USB flash drive to save settings, download and install additional packages such as Open Office or save system and error reports. Remember GParted loads completely into your systems memory and uses very little resources. This means one it loads up, your CD/DVD ROM drive is free to use for saving files or installing other programs. If it will be awhile before you can get a new Hard Drive for your laptop, GParted will allow you to continue to use your laptop and all of its features to stay productive until you can have a new Hard Disk installed.
Suggestion 2 There are several other boot sector rescue tools out there which can diagnose and fix the boot sector issue if it is not due to catastrophic disk failure. My personal favorite is ACRONIS DISK DIRECTOR SUITE and you can download a trial version from their web site You will need to create their bootable rescue CD on a working computer, then use it to boot your Toshiba just like mentioned above for GParted or the Windows Installation Disk. Acronis will allow you to restore or repair partitions and boot sectors. Another handy feature is the Acronis OS selector which allows you to have multiple Operating Systems on your Computer and a menu to choose which one you wish to boot into at each start-up. I recommend Acronis Disk Director, their products are comprehensive at any experience level, well supported, reasonably priced and highly useful.
ACTIVE BOOT DISK provides a decent solution as well Again, you will need to create their Bootable System Rescue CD on a working computer to use on your Toshiba. Follow the instructions provided by Active Boot Disk for your particular error or issue.
Other Free Boot Sector Repair Softwares:
Or if you have Win 7 & Vista use FREE DATA RECOVERY WIZARD )
If all else fails, there should be a way to restore your system using built in recover tools on a separate partition set-up by Toshiba. Consult their web site or your laptop user manual for instructions.
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First, ensure that the bios is reading the hard drive and that the hard drive is part of the boot sequence. If you have a known working drive and the drive is not been read by the bios, you will get the Disc Boot failure error because windows resides on the disc which the bios cannot access.
Secondly, if the bios is reading the disc then ensure that the disc is set as part of the boot sequence-preferably the item after DVD drive should be Hard Disc in the boot menu.
If both of these items are in correct order then you could have a bad boot sector on the drive. Run a C:Chkdsk. If no bad sectors are found try C:Fixmbr-ensure that the Windows installation disc is in the CD/DVD drive when running Fixmbr.
If that fails do a clean install of windows.

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My dell laptop gives me a error code of 0146 amd keeps rebooting

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Did you create any partitions on the HDD?
Obviously the HDD or some partitions on the HDD are corrupt.
In my opinion, you should firstly try to format the whole HDD and delete also whole partitions.
Then insert the recovery CD and try to install the Toshiba image


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It seems like your hard drive has some bad sectors.

You need to run some disk manager software to check/fix tour disk.

The best choice would be to download the "ultimate cd" from here

Boot from the cd, go to "hard disk tools" and select a disk manager (better to select the one from the same manufacturer of the disk).

Run a scan, and fix the drive (if it is possible). Then rerun your system restore cd again.

If the hard drive can't be fixed, you'll have to replace it before running the system retore.

Good luck!

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Yes, a loss of power CAN cause your hard drive to not function when you turn it back on; as an experienced PC tech I've seen it many times before. However, your problem likely could have been solved had you booted with a boot CD and ran a chkdsk command.

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