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"A disk read error occured" DELL Mini 1012

by varom007 / February 25, 2011 12:01 AM PST

I am really desperate to make the laptop HDD (is recognize in BIOS) working.
This error is occuring since I've tried to install Windows7 from USB flash drive while working in WIN XP. I made mistake to overwrite the boot section and after restarting I couldn't access the Flash drive to finish installation.
What I've done so far :
- tried to install Linux from flash - Bios can't see flash drive.
- tried to use external DVD - BIOS can't see it.
- tried to use external HDD , is visible as a BOOT option BIOS, but can't boot the OS ( neither Win7 nor Linux) .
I have no data to be missed, no DELL varranty so is there any HELP ???

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So let's do this in a supported manner.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2011 3:50 AM PST

Try bootable CDs in the usb CD/DVDRW drive next.

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No success
by varom007 / February 25, 2011 2:41 PM PST

is not working in none of my usb ports.

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Let me share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2011 2:46 PM PST
In reply to: No success

I owned a HP Mini and it booted from all 4 of our USB DVDRW drives. If yours doesn't boot the most likely causes are dead hardware, bum bootable media or user errors. I can't tell which.

I do want to share that after tinkering with bootable USB the pitfalls are so many that I can't discuss that today.
Bob

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No external store HDD problem
by varom007 / February 25, 2011 2:56 PM PST
In reply to: Let me share.

I have no problem in any port to see my external storeHDD, but can't launch any bootable OS from this. Unfortunately, there is no command line to force it.

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Ahh, some external HDD!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2011 3:00 PM PST

"Try bootable CDs in the usb CD/DVDRW drive next."

While you may be trying something new, my advice is to use what works for me and almost everyone else.
Bob

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a little success
by varom007 / February 25, 2011 3:09 PM PST

I can access my USB flash drive , but can't boot OS
from it, get message:.
Realtek PCIe ...
PXE-EGI: media test failure. check cable
PXE-M0F : exiting PXE Rom
Operating system not found

Tried again plug ext. DVD ,not recognized

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SOLVED !!!
by varom007 / February 25, 2011 3:30 PM PST

After finding USB ports working (randomly accessible), I plug external DVD and tried to install firstly Win7 - not OK.
But then I took my lucky UBUNTU and not giving any bootable MENU option its start boot striaghtforward.
Then I completely format HDD ( even my mess up win loader) and process installation.

Sorry for running this thread almost by myself , but I was desperate.

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