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    Default Disk Read Error

    When my friend boots up her computer this comes up, I think, during the POST screen. Since it's a Dell it doesn't really show you a POST screen but I'm assuming that it loads those devices during the "dell" logo because it allows you to enter the BIOS during it. The error is "Disk Read Error" and I'm just going to assume that either the drive has gone bad and she needs a new one or it came unconnected. It just seems like something went corrupt in the drive. Tomorrow I'm going to figure out what kind of drive it is and download the diagnostics disk for it and see if I can boot from that and test the drive. I was just wondering if you guys had any suggestions. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Disk Read Error

    This may seem like a silly question but is there a disk in the floppy drive? Not sure if it will help but you may also want to check out this forum page: http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/19004/
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    Default Re: Disk Read Error

    Well I am headed over there now to take a gander at it. I shall let you all know my solution(s). Thanks for the advice. That forum gave me some good thoughts.

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    Well I tried. Nothing worked so far. chkdsk can't read past 25% because of an "unrecoverable error". I really can't get anywhere on it. My next move is to plug another drive in there, install windows on it, and try and salvage the files over to that drive and then format it. It's a 250GB Maxtor SATA. The drive I'm putting in is a rock-your-world 6.5 gig Maxtor IDE! Funny thing is I've never had problems with it. I've had several problems with some sata drives recently. Oh well, I guess it happens : /

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    New problem with the 250 gig drive. I went to install windows on it and now it's only being recognized as a 130 gig drive. Do you think there are bad sectors on the drive preventing it from showing more? I'm running chkdsk right now and it will probably be another hour or two before it's finished.

    [update] I'm going to install SP2 and see if that fixes it. Isn't there something with XP that only reads up to 128GB w/o sp2?
    Last edited by eat@joes; 06-11-2005 at 12:41 PM. Reason: Update

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    Default Re: Disk Read Error

    fdisk fixes everything :)

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    So...Fdisk didn't fix it. When I loaded windows setup it would only read half the drive space. About 130 gigs. Nobody really had any input on this post and I feel kind of dumb posting to myself : / BUT, if anyone wanted to care about the solution I came across it was from MaxBlast. The software provided by Maxtor. Prepping the drive didn't work so I had to zero fill it and then prep it for windows. I guess some of the clusters had bad data on them or something. It works now. Alas the final question: How do I get a computer to boot from IDE if a SATA drive is hooked up as well. Even when I tried turning the SATA to a slave drive it would still boot from that first and I can't set it to change that in the BIOS. It simply has "Boot from Hard Disk". Any suggestions?

    -if anyone was wondering, I googled and searched the crap out of this problem before the post. Everything was similar but not the same. Anyone else ever have that problem?

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    Default Re: Disk Read Error

    Under every Windows Pre-XP SP1, hard drives were limited to 137GB (or 128GB binary). Fdisk falls under this catagory, as would your friend's computer if he were using an older verson of Windows or a 2000/XP version in need of an update. Maxblast is much newer and Maxtor probably got around that as soon as drives greater than 137GB came out. I'm not sure that was your problem here, but it possible. The fact that it's a Dell with SATA makes that unlikely, though. It should have come with Windows XP slipstreamed with either SP1 or SP2, but whatever...

    As for booting from IDE instead of SATA, I don't know. Contact Dell online if you can't figure it out. They'll likely be quite helpful.

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    Stick the Sata drive on the secondary SATA port if possable, also try settng the bios to boot from IDE rather than SATA(probably reads as SCSI)
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