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Old 04-28-2007, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i just put in an old working PATA HDD in my dfi nf4 and wen i formatted the HDD, during post it would say "a read disk error occured Ctrl+alt+del to restart" whats going on? now my current HDD gives the same error.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: read disk error

Did you format the old hard drive before you put it in the case? Make sure the computer is trying to boot off of it in the BIOS, and make sure that you have the jumpers right on the back of both hard drives.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yea. i checked all those things already. and no it doesnt work even if i format it.
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Have you tried running FDisk outside of windows? FDisk allows you to delete the partition and then create a new partition, after which you have to reformat the disk so it is usable. Often this solves even the strangest of hard drive problems.

If running FDisk doesnt work you could try a Knoppix Live CD. Its Linux on a CD that you use to boot into Linux and can preform utilities on your hard drive, such as partitioning it, and reformatting it.
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i can format the HDD using install disk. i just cant get the HDD to boot after the format.
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After the format you would have to install an OS on the drive if you wanted it to boot.
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Old 04-28-2007, 10:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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can't. it gives me a read disk error wen i try to boot and instlal the OS
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PROBLEM SOLVED:

i was using a 40pin IDE cable instead of 80pin
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