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i have an IBM a22m and i formatted by hard disk as an enclosure and then
tried to do a fresh install of XP. but now when i try to install XP from
my CD, i keep getting this error

A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

I have tried reformating with NTFS, chaging boot settings but nothing
seems to help.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Re: disk read error

josecrv wrote:
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Do you mean you took out the hard drive and formatted it in an enclosure?

Re: disk read error

The read error more likely refers to the CD than to your hard drive.

josecrv wrote:
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Re: disk read error

Barry Watzman typed on Fri, 23 May 2008 09:21:23 -0400:
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Formatting in an enclosure often results in a different geometry that
the laptop can't read. Format in the laptop itself. Then it should work
either way. And Barry might still be right. :-)


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BillW50 wrote:
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Very true Bill. Although Barry might be right as you mention :-).
Furthermore, trying to install Windows on a disk within an enclosure
won't work either. Difficult to tell from the OP's post what he has
actually been trying to do.

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discovered when a quite recent 500G SATA disk developped some bad
sectors after I transfered data on it via my network. Since I did not
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 > http://www.abstradrome.com /
after discovering it on Hiren's boot disk.

This is a slow (would certainly need several days to scan the whole
disk, better narrow down the locations !) but very efficient utility
which found my bad sectors and repaired then. NDD agreed they were OK!
Well worth the $59 the day you end up with a hdd that refuses to be
accessed ...

John Doue

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John Doue typed on Sat, 24 May 2008 08:53:27 GMT:
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Umm John... The technology doesn't exist yet for manufactures to produce
an 100% error free hard disk. And back in the 80's with MFM hard drives,
you could see all of the errors. Later when IDE came out, they had the
hard drive circuits hide the errors so you couldn't see them anymore.
They did this because people would return hard drives with errors on

Modern hard drives will still show errors. But only if there are lots of
them. As the circuits will only hide so many and that is all and then
you will start to see them. Errors on hard drives isn't necessarily a
bad thing, only if new ones keep popping up is it a bad thing.


Re: disk read error

Modern hard drives appear "perfect" to the outside world until the
number of failures becomes catastrophically large.  Only diagnostic
software that knows how to communicate with the onboard controller using
either the manufacturer's proprietary software (which is mfgr if not
drive specific) or S.M.A.R.T. protocols can determine that there are
errors.  All other software will see a "perfect" and totally error-free
drive until things are way, way beyond any hope of repair.

BillW50 wrote:
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Are you trying to install XP to an external HDD? If so, I'm not sure the
A22m's BIOS actually supports doing so. It may by trying to start the
Windows installation and right away finding there is not internal drive
suitable for use.

Richard Carpenter

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