This happened two days ago. Everytime I start up my computer, after the splash window, it says, "Loading PBR director 2...done....A disk read error occured". I had to restart my computer, but everytime I restart it, it shows the same thing. I ran a diagnostic test to see if the HD is ok, but failed to pass the test. After I booted it to Partition Utility and ran a couple of tests there, and seems that the local hard drive cannot continue to read. It stops in the middle of a scan. Im using a different computer right now. I also dont want to spend any money just to bring my computer to an computer technician or buying a new hard drive. Is there any other way to fix this problem? If anything is needed please ask... Dell Computer: Windows XP, 512mb
I think personally i would remove the hdd and put it in the 2nd pc to get the information from it, pics etc. Then return it to the dell pc and reinstall Windows. Always nice to have a clean install, plus youll know if the drive is knackered when Windows cant format it all the way.
I'd like to do that, but Im not the kind of guy that knows a lot about computers.
The drive is rooted. You could attempt to fix it, but like you said, you're not a guy who knows much about computers, so I wouldn't bother.
Hard drives are relatively cheap to buy, and very easy to install. That would be your best option.
If you have data on the drive that needs to be recovered, then SpinRite is program to do it with:
It's gonna cost you some money though, and I know that you said that you didn't want to have to spend anything.
If it won't repair using the Dell utility then the hdd is scrap at this point. In most cases you can't even get a piece of info off of it even using it as a slave drive.
Are you hearing a clicking while it is moving ?
@MerrickDS:No, I hear nothing running when computer is on. Everything is silent, including the drive. But my thought is, the drive is not dead...yet. @All:I do have some really important stuff left inside that drive that I really need. Would pictures help in any case? For example; inside the computer, what it says on the screen...
You'd be better off hooking the drive to a Linux box as a slave. Linux handles sensetive partitions a lot better than Windows. Works in most cases (unless the drive is completely dead, which in this case, it isn't).
InfantryDivision;3541039@All:I do have some really important stuff left inside that drive that I really need. Would pictures help in any case? For example; inside the computer, what it says on the screen...
The app I linked to ought to be able to recover your data (asuming that the physical drive isn't actually dead. If it is, nothing can help you).
Not all hope is lost. He can send it to the original manufacturer and they can gather the data off the disc platter itself. Costs an arm and a leg though.