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New 320gb hard drive after removing the old one. Loaded windows xp okay but it took forever. I left the room and came back to a black screen that read " a disk read error has occured. Press ctrl alt del to restart. I cant get it past that screen.

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Hi try getting another windows disk as that one is probably scratched.

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