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Windows 7: Cannot read from boot disk

13 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
Cannot read from boot disk

After installing XP on my Fourth HDD, when booting all I get is 'Cannot read from boot disk Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart.' I cannot boot into anything???

Please help!

Also when I do get it working can I un-install EasyBCD?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Is this HD in the same computer installed with another version of Windows i.e. Win7 or Vista?

If you've installed XP on the same computer with other HDs that have Vista or 7 it would overwrite the boot area of the initial OS installed. Are you trying to Dual Boot?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


You don't mention any other OS's, but let's assume you have Win7 since you posted here.

Boot into Win7 DVD, select Repair My computer on second screen, then click through to Recovery Tools and run Startup Repair up to three separate times to repair or recover the Win7 boot.

When you get Win7 started, post back a screenshot of full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

If Win7 will not start after running DVD Startup Repair 3 separate times with reboot, burn to CD bootable Partition Wizard, boot into it, choose 1 for screen resolution, then right click Win7 partition to Modify>Set to Active. Apply steps.

Now boot into Win7 DVD again and Run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to start Win7 and post back Disk Mgmt screenshot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64

Did you move or otherwise adjust your hard drives? You might check the bios and make sure the original primary drive is still primary.
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