I am running a virgin installation of XP with SP2 with an Athlon 750 & 512Mb RAM.
Everything has been running fine after my installation a couple of weeks ago, until today.
Upon reboot I am seeing "a disk read error has occurred, press ctrl-alt-del".
This is an almost new Hitachi Deskstar HDD 250GB - about 3 weeks old. Here's the confusing issue though - if I change my boot sequence to boot from CD, when trying to boot to the windows Cd i get the same message! ... so it won't even start booting to the CD. "searching from boot record" is ok, then I see the "a disk error..." message.
If I disconnect all hard drives and leave only the CD connected, windows will start to run setup. When I reconnect my hard drive, I get the error message again.
I have other computers and drive enclosures which I can connect this drive to if need be, I'm just not entirely sure how to proceed as I am not too experienced with the finer points XP. Been using ME until recently.
Seeing as it's a new drive (heard no nasty noises) I am wondering if my MOBO is going bad. It's a pretty old FIC SD11 (my backup computer).
Edit : I just put the suspect device in an enclosure and it spun up fine, and I was able to browse all my files. So maybe either something is corrupted, or the MOBO is the problem?