[windows2000] Re: A disk read error occurred

  • From: "Toby Bierly" <toby@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 12:45:55 -0700

I ran across another post online that gave me the idea of formatting using 
Fat32 instead of NTFS.  I did that and no longer get the error.

Thanks.  Further comments are still welcome!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Leitman, Ken 
  To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 12:42 PM
  Subject: [windows2000] Re: A disk read error occurred

  The LC3 had a HW error that caused this. I think which slot the video card 
was in. I'll ask around and see if I can find out the details. This didn't 
happen on NT4, only 2k (and maybe 3K),

  From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Toby Bierly
  Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 3:07 PM
  To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [windows2000] A disk read error occurred

  I'm am trying to restore a single Exchange mailbox by restoring the entire 
Exchange database from a backup tape to an old server and then transferring the 
data for the mailbox I want via a .pst file (according to the steps outlined in 
Microsoft KB813337).

  The first thing I tried to do was install Windows Small Business Server 2000 
on the old server because it needs to be the same as the current Exchange 
server.  So I booted the old server with the SBS2000 CD, deleted the partitions 
(they were too small), created 1 new larger partition, and tried to continue 
setup.  It copied all the files over to the hard drive and then automatically 

  On the reboot, when it tries to boot from the hard drive, I get the following 

  A Disk Read Error Occurred
  Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to Restart

  This is on an HP NetServer LC3.  I have tried reformatting again, clearing 
the cmos via a switch on the motherboard, etc., but with no luck.  I can boot 
from the cd and get into recovery console where I can access the C:\ drive and 
all the install files seem to be copied there just fine.

  I googled for that error and came up with ideas like clearing cmos, loose 
cables, format from inside the recovery console (I tried this with the command 
"format c:" -- is there a better way), flashing the bios (whatever that means), 
etc.  None of them seemed to help.

  The server had been sitting around for a while (about 1 year), but I booted 
it up and everything worked fine before I tried to reformat and install 
SBS2000).  SBS 4.5 was installed (NT Server).  So I seriously doubt it is loose 
cable, a bad hard drive, or anything like that.

  Any ideas?


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