An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert that has over 10,000 points.
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.
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Your hard drive has failed to load.In the bios did it show the hard drive?Can you hear the hard drive?Do you hear a clicking sound?The are signs that the drive is failing.Try to boot to a windows cd, see if this will allow you to see the hard drive.If you can chances are you might be able to get your data from the drive.Once you do so replace the drive.
Any hard disk that makes clicking or metallic noises is faulty, especially when POST error message no bootable devices detected. To confirm go into the BIOS setting and see if the hard drive is detected, if it cannot detect the hard drive then it is definitely faulty. Replace the hard drive and install Windows on the new hard drive to get the computer working again.
i dont think the internet files had a difference. a disk read error mean thateither you have a floppy in your computer or the hard drive is corrupt. that cannnot be fixed so i recomend getting a new hard drive. Jaddude
Do you have a floppy disk in the floppy drive? Remove it. Do you have a CD in the CD drive? Remove it and restart your notebook.
Put your ear on the left side of the track pad. Do you hear any clicking sounds? Do the same for the right side. Do you hear any clicking sounds? If you hear any clicking sounds, and it seems to be constant, you may have a failed hard disk drive.
Try these thing and let me know what happens. Binary Bob
You need to reinstall operative system, either using recovery disk, or using a generic windows setup disk. If the computer does not read recovery disk, then it is probably scratched or faulty. System reinstall is usually done at any computer repair shop for a not too expensive fee. When hard disk is damaged you often also hear a typical clicking noise, and system stop shortly after post.
Sounds like a hard drive crash. Locate where the hard drive is on your machine and listen closely when you hit the power button. If you don't hear it start to spin, or if you hear any clicking or dull thunking sounds, then the hard drive is shot snd needs to be replaced.
If the discs are clean and pretty much scratch free, then this is most likely a bad hard drive. If you have another PC or laptop, try burning copies of the recovery cds and then use those. If the problem remains, you will need a new hard drive.