Disk Read Error help

By goofiej21
Jun 19, 2008
  1. hey guys,

    So me and my buddy just put together a killer machine and are having trouble getting the machine to recognize the OS disk. It has two disk drives 1 sata and 1 IDE. In the BIOS it is recognizing both drives but when we try to boot from the OS to install XP home edition we're getting "Disk Read Failure, insert system disk and press enter". We have the boot order as HDD, Disk, Removeable. I've searched through some forums about this error but didn't find anyone who was putting a fresh OS on a newly built PC. We're really excited to get this up and running because it's a sick machine running 2.66 Ghz Quad Core, 2 SLI 9800 GTX cards, and 4 gb of ram. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    have you tried to set the boot order CD>HDD make the cd first to boot
  3. goofiej21

    goofiej21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes we set it CD>CD>HDD and a number of other combinations as well with no luck.
  4. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    try the cd on another computer if it works swap out the cd drive and test it that way
  5. goofiej21

    goofiej21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    would it be a BIOS problem? and how would i go about that..

    we tried swaping out the drives and no luck..
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Install on one drive first. Then add the second.
  7. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    Oh sorry i read this post wrong i thought you were having trouble with the cd rom drive. What setting do you have for the IDE HD? Master, Slave or Cable Select. Also is your sata HD set as Primary
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