Windows has an inbuilt test tool which often warns you if your system is facing some kind of issue. One such warning is commonly faced by Windows 10 user is “A Disk read error occurred”. This error is extremely dreadful and needs immediate attention to fix it. Simply restarting the computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del keys will not solve the issue. You need to know the root cause behind it.
What is “A Disk Read Error”
A Disk read error occurred is a common problem which has infected a large number of users of Windows 10/8/7/XP. When the system is struggling in reading the Disk with the operating system then this error will occur that is it doesn’t allow the computer to enter into its operating systems.
Main causes behind “A Disk Read Error”
- Incorrect boot order.
- BIOS issue.
- IDE cables failure.
- Incorrect MBR configuration.
- Faulty hard drive.
A Disk Read Error : Solutions
As we discussed, A Disk read error is very common in the Windows OS. Usually, this error occurs as soon as your computer boots up from SSD, HDD or another hard drive. This error appears with a specific message A disk read error occurred. In short, it doesn’t allow your laptop or computer to enter into its operating systems. This message refers to the problem on your hard drive or issues during the process of the reading disk with the OS. When facing this issue, no matter how many times you restart your system by pressing “Ctrl+Alt+Del” keys, this error still exists.
In fact, read disk error is not such a problem that can be solved by a simple restart. In order to fix these issues, a detailed tutorial is listed below which will teach you some fixate steps to resolve the issue of “A Disk Read Error Occurred”
1. Boot OS from Hard Drive
- To correct the boot order first get into BIOS by pressing F1 or F2 or F12 or F10 or DEL or ESC key. Just look carefully on the screen while the computer starts.
- Once in the BIOS check the section on the boot order.
- And ensure that hard drive is placed as the first boot priority before any others in the listing. By changing the settings your system may boot up normally. If it is still unbootable try the next solution for fixing the disk read error issue.
2. Reset the BIOS
- Shut down your PC by pressing the Shift key and restart the system by pressing the power button and start tapping F12 or F1 or F2 or F10 or DEL or ESC key. Different Keys are used in different systems to go into BIOS.
- Select Exit pane in BIOS main index bar, use the downward arrow key to choose Load Setup Defaults to restart the BIOS. Press Yes when asked for the confirmation.
- Ones the changes are done exit BIOS by selecting Exit Saving Changes and restart your system to check if you can boot into Windows 10. If you are still unsuccessful try the next troubleshooting method to fix A Disk Read Error in Windows 10.
3. Test the RAM memory
- If new RAM memory is recently installed, try to remove it and leave only one RAM and then restart the computer to check if the error still occurs.
- Leave one RAM module on one slot and restart the computer. If the problem still persists. Move the RAM to the other slot and restart the computer again.
4. Check the Hard drive cables
- If the Hard drive cables are loose or defective, a disk read error may occur. As a preventive measure check if each cable is intact on each end or if the cables are faulty replace them immediately.
5. Repair Master Boot Record (MBR)
- Press F8 while booting the system to go in the Windows Recovery menu.
- Select for Troubleshoot option.
- Click on Automatic repair option to get into the Automatic repair menu.
- Click on Command prompt and type bootrec /rebuildbcd and press enter. Subsequently, go on typing bootrec /fixmbr and press enter once again. Later type bootrec /fixboot and press enter.
- Restart the computer and look out whether the disk read error has gone or not.
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