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Windows 7: Drive read error - hdd and bootable usb not booting.

03 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Drive read error - hdd and bootable usb not booting.


My build is as follows
Gigabyte 970A-DS3P Motherboard
Gigabyte geforce gtx 750ti graphics card
320gb hitachi sata hdd
evga 500w white power supply

Heres my problem.
Its a new build and everything was going perfectly fine until after i installed the motherboard drivers and graphics card drivers. It would restart and work fine until next time it was shut down and started again. I would then get the start up repair loop where anything you chose took you to start up repair, safe mode, vga mode, start windows normally etc all went to start up repair.

So i let it repair and it restored me back to before the drivers were installed. So i then tried installing the drivers through windows instead of from the manufacturers website. Same again all worked fine for a while then a day later it froze on me and i had to restart - led me back to start up repair. Except this time it can't repair, it said restart to fix the errors or something but then goes straight back to start up repair over and over again.

So i turned the computer off and was going to try to access cmd to fix any boot errors and so on. But now when it starts up I get drive read error press ctrl alt delete to restart. I thought id try to do a clean install of windows from the usb i originally installed from. But i still get a drive read error from that when i start up, even if i disconnect the hard drive and select the usb from boot options. So i messed around with the settings in the bios and the only thing that will get the usb to boot is changing sata mode to RAID instead of IDE which seems strange to me as the usb isn't even connected to a sata port. Nonetheless it takes me to the windows installation but then it can't find the hdd to install to, even though when in raid mode if i go to the bios it shows the hdd and as it starts it lists the hdd as healthy with the disk size etc.

Any help would be appreciated, for the record i am currently doing a safe erase through the raid rom option utility to see if it will recognise the drive after that. I really can't understand any of it, how the drivers for the graphics card/motherboard were causing a startup repair loop in the first place, how after turning it off and back on again i then ended up with drive read error, or how the usb will only boot if sata is in raid mode. It is truly baffling me.

Edit* I decided to use the raid rom option utility to erase the hdd in the hope that then it would be recognised once i was in windows 7 installation. Now that that is done the usb won't boot up! Just saying insert bootable media.


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04 Apr 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit

Is your Windows 7 Copy a retail or a preinstalled one?

If it is retail,insert the DVD,set the boot priority in BIOS to DVD drive,select Repair your computer and select Startup Repair.

I can see that your motherboard drivers are causing this issue.Leave them uninstalled and then you will see what to do next.

If that didn't fix the issue,select Command Prompt and type:

sfc /scannow

Please post the results.
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