My laptop has been experiencing the disk read error on startup. I called Sony (I have a Sony VAIO Laptop VPCF130FD) and they put me through all these steps including trying to boot up the recovery partition of the drive. Through the steps taken, they think that the OS is corrupt as the computer had been freezing before.
The only step that has taken effect is the reset default values of the BIOS. When the recovery partition is selected it hangs between the "Starting Windows" screen and the first recovery screen.
Sony wanted me to pay $60 for discs to be sent to my house, but I am building a gaming desktop PC so I thought I would just buy the OEM System Builder Win 7 Home Prem x64 and use that disc to install as I have the product key my laptop uses.
So I bought the disc today and booted my laptop off of it but like the recovery partition, it sits between the Start Windows screen and the first install screen.
I was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything I can do to fix this, all help would be appreciated!
FYI: The mouse pointer does appear on the screen during the hang between the screens. I can move the pointer around so I know that it is not frozen.