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Acer 3050 won't boot. Disk Read Error

\015 I am trying to boot my Acer 3050 1042 and first I get prompted for a SATA password, after entering password, I get Disk Read Error, press Alt, Ctl, Del. to restart. When I do this it prompts me for SATA password again. Vicious cycle. Any ideas? I do not have the rescue disk from Acer.\015

Answers :

Looks like hardware failure.

find out what harddisk exactly you do have in the bios :
- press Del or F1 or F2 during booting, goto IDE devices, look for the model, size (in GB) etc.,
write down (the manufacturer could be: samsung, seagate, maxtor, fujitsu...)

- then change order of boot devices so that cd/dvd-rom drive and /or 3,5 '' floppy drive boots
before the harddisk, exit saving changes (F10 or Esc)

- then get diagnosis program from the harddisk manufacturer's homepage,
copy that to a bootable floppy disk or burn it to a cd-r/cd-rw which must be bootable
- boot from the cd or floppy, run diagnosis tool, both short and long test, what does it say then?
- if hardformat is available, perform one
- might work now, at least the hd will be recognized
-setup new windows installation.
have fun

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