Read Failure on Internal Hard Drive

By Jackie ยท 8 replies
Mar 2, 2008
  1. I have a Dell Inspiron B130. It's only 2 years old and the other day I went to log on and this message came up.......Read Failure on Internal Hard Drive, No bootable devices/ Strike F1 to reboot or F2 for set up. Whats that all about and how do I fix it?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This is a symptom of a failing hard drive. Laptop hard drives are more exposed to heat and vibrations, than desktop drives are
  3. Jackie

    Jackie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    meaning I need a new hard drive?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    you will probably loose all your data, and you will have to reload the operating system
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    try reseating the drive. Also post in the correct forum next time. Welcome to TS.
  6. Jackie

    Jackie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Reseat hard drive???

    Mr./Mrs. Tedster.
    So sorry to have posted in the "wrong" forum" but thanks for the reply. What forum should I be on? Also, what does "reseating thedrive" mean?
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Tedster is suggesting that you detach the HDD from it's housing, and then put it back in.

    I would either suspect that your HDD is indeed dead, there is data corruption causing it not to be found, or it's just not on the list of bootable devices (which isn't likely if you haven't played with the boot sequence).

    Check your BIOS to see if the HDD is detected (usually you have to tap F1, F2 or Delete upon starting your system to get in), if you see it there complete this guide or run a repair installation of Windows.

    Whatever the case, even if you manage to get back in, take this as a sign that your HDD is probably unstable and you should frequently back your data up and/or replace the HDD to prevent any future incidences.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    A laptop/notebook problem belongs in the "MOBILE COMPUTING" forum, because it is a mobile computing device. You can try reseating the hard drive as Zenosincks suggests, but I believe your hard drive is in need of serious help or replacement
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    reseating the drive means removing the drive, and securely placing it back in. Particularly with mobile devices, things get jostled and connections get loose.

    If you are sure your connection is good and BIOS still does not see the drive, then you have a hard drive failure. To ensure it is not the device, remove it, and try using it as an external device on another computer. You will need to obtain an adapter.

    If it works, then you know it is your connection.

    and btw it is LT. Tedster and I am a he. haha
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