Hard Drive Read Errors

Read errors associated with hard drives

Hard drives are the secondary storage devices of our computer system. Hard drive connected to the system store all information such as operating system, user information and other documents. Hard drive that is connected to the system internally and stores all the system information is called internal hard drive. In addition to that we can also use external hard drive to store the data such as files, movies, pictures, etc. Hard drives are essential part of our computer system and any errors associated with these hard drives result in serious errors. One of the common errors that occur with hard drive is hard drive read error.

The possible causes for disk errors associated with the hard drive and methods to resolve the issues are explained below:

  • Possible Causes

  • Error Checking

  • BIOS Settings

Possible Causes

There are several causes for disk read errors associated with your hard drive. In some cases, the problem is due to IDE cables and we can resolve it by repairing the cable. If you have a corrupted Master Boot Record (MBR), it will also result in disk read errors. Another possible cause for the disk error associated with hard drive is due to some bad sectors and it will rewrite the hard disk back to the factory specification. However we can get rid of these issues by error checking and by setting boot priority.

Error Checking

We can get rid from most of the issues associated with system by restarting the system. After restarting the system, click ‘Start’ and double click on ‘My Computer’. Then select 'local disk' and right click to select ‘Properties’. Then select ‘Tools’ tab and then click on ‘Check now’ under ‘Error Checking’. Click the boxes for ‘Automatically fixes the file system errors’ and ‘scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’ and then restart the system.

BIOS Settings

You can restart the system by pressing ‘Alt + Ctrl + Del’. Then, enter into thBIOS settings by pressing the keys from the keyboard. This is different for each system. In some system, it can be done by pressing F2 key or F11 key. After the system enters into the BIOS settings, find the section on ‘Boot Order’. Make sure that HDD is placed as the first boot priority in the listing. That is, placing your main hard drive as first boot device. After setting the boot priority hit ‘Esc’ key and save the configuration.

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