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A disk read error

When I first turn on my notebook I hear alot of clicking (I thinks it's the hard drive) then I get a blank screen with the following: A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

Tried it several times comes back to the same message.

Is it possible to get to safe mode?

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Re: A disk read error

I have the same problem, i guess you should take it to PC WORLD for them to take a look at your pc/laptop, however it could be a boot sector virus.

Posted on Aug 23, 2008

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Re: A disk read error


The "clicking" and "disk read error" indicates a hard drive failure.  When the PC boots it can no longer read some files from or the entire HD.  The corrective measure would be to replace the HD and install your OS and programs. Alternately, you may try and reformat then re-install but then you would be operating with an unpredictable storage media and perhaps prolonging the inevitable.

If your reason for Safe Mode is to be able to access your files for purposes of backup, the constant trying/on-off just might worsen the condition of the HD. You can still try recovering by installing the HD in question inside a 2.5 enclosure to USB and install it as a removable device in a 2nd PC where you can try recover files.

Should you install a new HD and install the OS in your Gateway, you actually can use that to try and recover from the old HD. Recovery is 50/50.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007

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