A Disk Read Error Occurred after Rebooting Windows XP PC

Asked By 420 points N/A Posted on -

Here are my computer's specs:

Windows XP Home Service Pack 32-Bit OS

Motherboard: Gateway


Audio Sound Card: SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

Graphics Card: Intel(R)

HDD: 300 GB

Error message: A disk read error occurred

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Restart

This error is really annoying. It started to appear when I boot my computer. I tried a repetitive restart, but still end up getting this error. When I try restarting again, I hit the F8 key to open the Advanced Boot Option then boot to safe mode but nothing happened. So I inserted the Windows Recovery Disk and performed a Repair.

Then it worked fine. But when it restarted again, the same error appears. I run the Recovery disk again and did a series of CHKDSK. No error/s shown and it worked fine. I scan my computer for any possible virus but my system is clean and free from any viruses. I monitored my system for few hours, but when I restarted it again the error still appears. What is the reason for this? Is there a problem with my hard drive?

Any solution or information to fix the issue will be highly appreciated. I'm really hoping for a immediate replies.

Thank you in advance.

Best Answer by 101brokers
Best Answer
Best Answer
Answered By 0 points N/A #106698

A Disk Read Error Occurred after Rebooting Windows XP PC


Disk read error is a very critical problem which should be taken seriously. It is a stage where the hard disk is at point of failure and can crash anytime. If your hard disk stops detecting you may be unable to recover your data.

If there are some important files on your computer it is recommended to remove the hard disk and connect it to another computer and recover the data keeping the hard disk as a secondary drive on the other computer.

You will then have to format the entire hard disk and reload the operating system.

Only the basic partition can be formatted. But this may work only for a few months and the hard disk may still need a replacement at a later stage.


Answered By 420 points N/A #106699

A Disk Read Error Occurred after Rebooting Windows XP PC


I did a formatting on my operating system and performed a fresh installation.

Thank you for the help.

Login/Register to Answer

Related Questions