''Unable to read from disk or disk error, press ctrl+alt+del to...
So... I am building a KN8-SLI based comp for the son, and had an issue with my RAM (thanks for the help ''gymowner''!), and solved that, but now, after starting my WinXP Pro install and formatting the drive for NTFS (full fromat, no FAT32 avaialable as a choice), then copying the XP files, the computer restarts, goes through POST, then gets to ''Hit any key to boot from CD...'' and then follows that with a message that says ''Unable to read from disk or disk error, press ctrl+alt+del to restart'' , which of course just starts a never ending restart cycle to error message to restart (at least I think it does), I didn't actually restart it more than twice in a row without trying other fixes... which were: chkdsk /r in Windows Repair form the XP install disk, as well as fix boot and fixmbr. I had 2 drives on it, and the one I am trying to use is a Maxtor 100GB. I tried removing the other one, and I tried a new ribbon cable, and RIGHT NOW I am using Maxblast to ''zero-write'' the disk all the way through so we'll see how that goes. Gonna try a differnet HDD after this. I also searched forums for 2 hours and found one that has been ongoing for 4 YEARS with no difinitive solution (AIN'T MICROSOFT GGREAT???!!?!???!), lots of ideas, and very few that appear to thave worked for the people posting.
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First remove the hard disk and see whether you have boot error if you have boot error insert the os cd in to drive and boot from the cd if it works fine you have a problem with the hard disk to clear the hard disk problem use a desktop computer and insert the hard disk as slave in the desk top and boot the desktop with the original drive then right click my computer click mange then disk management and find the laptop hard disk the delete all the part ion in the laptop disk then switch off the desk top and insert the hard disk in the laptop and reload the OS
This is possibly a bad hard drive. If you know the manufacturer of your hard drive you can download diagnostic tools from their site, burn to cd and run diagnostics to check the drive for errors or failure.