Disk read error-tried to reformat won't partition

By kristins1877
Jul 8, 2007
  1. Hi all, I am trying to fix a friend's PC (Dell 4600 Win XP) - it reads: disk read error. Tried Windows repair and it didn't work. SO, I ran the XP disk, deleted the partition, created a new one, but it will not format the partition! What can I do?
  2. membrane

    membrane TS Rookie Posts: 41

    When you are in the create partition screen, what disk size is displayed. I had a similar prob and it turned out that the hard disk was reading a few bits larger than it actually was and so i created a partition about 5 Gig smaller than the actual disk size. But it's only a temporary fix as the drive would give up after a while again. I finally got my friend to spend some cash on a new one the cheap bugger. Hope this helps :)
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