Yesterday I bought a 500G 7200rpm Toshiba HD for my Lenovo T400. When I install XP, after all OS XP files were copied onto new HD, it went to restart from HD, then I got this kind of message:
A Disk Read Error, please press Ctrl+ALT+DEL restart....
I put HD into a USD enclosure, all file on C/windows can be accessed, because I could use achieve to compress all files into one files.
When I installed Xp onto new Hd, I had three partitions, and I used quick format all partition with NTFT format. I thought it was partition issue or format issue for the HD.
Then I only used whole HD as one partition(500G), then used normal format(not quick one), (it took about one hours), then all problems solved, after this successful Xp installation, I went back to make C partitions 120G, and only quick format this C partiton, and it was still successfully to install XP.
I am not sure which is the root cause of "A Disk Read Error, please press Ctrl+ALT+DEL restart....", in my case:
a) quick format not really mark the bad sector of HD?
b) at first the OS did not know which partition it should use to restart,
Anyway I hope these experiences would be helpful for the guys in the same situation, just as one guys said
" A Disk Read Error, please press Ctrl+ALT+DEL restart...." may have thousands reason....
Good luck to all guys in this forums,