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Fixed: A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart [message #3242] Fri, 24 February 2017 14:45
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If you cloned a hard drive from one computer the other and you have "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart", you can do all the googling you want, but you will not find the answers on any of them.. Wink

There could be a bunch of reasons for this, but in this scenario, the old hard drive was 1TB and the new was a 2TB drive. The BIOS set the Hard Drive to IDE mode. Once the BIOS was changed to AHCI, the computer booted without the Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart error.

Windows will blue screen at this point (Most likely the blue screen will be 7B) because the drivers for the controller are set to the IDE mode. You must change the controller from IDE to AHCI in the system registry. Take the drive out of the system and load the registry hive from another computer.

Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM registry hive

Note the value of Select\Current (NNN).
Go to registry key ControlSetNNN\Services\msahci
Change Start=0
Go to registry key ControlSetNNN\Services\pciide
Change Start=3

System should now boot into Windows.

The trick to this whole thing is to do this before you clone the drive! =)

Aaron

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