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Strange disk read error booting Install DVD

By gregrocker ·
Hi. XP home and WIndows 7 Ultimate on dual boot. Today I shrunk the Xp in order to make room for a new partition to store a Windows 7 Backup Image. A lettered partition is viewed as a drive by the Backup Recovery Image and works well if needed to restore the other partitions around it - have recovered several computers this way.

During the shrinking of the XP partition , I had to move some system files using PerfectDisk10 and got into a situation where the PC could not boot. I was doing this by Remote Assistance and my host didn't have a Win7 recovery disk, so we used his Vista Installation disk to access Repair my Computer and restored the boot with line commands to fixboot and fixmbr. After the computer restarted the XP partition was shrunk, so I proceeded to format and install the Backup Recovery Image there. When it completed I wanted to test it, so I had my host put in the Vista Disk to boot into Repair>Restore from Image to see if it cued up the Recovery Image correctly. This same disk which has just worked to restore the boot, now gives this error message during file loading and won't proceed:

"Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer. This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.

If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.

Status: Oxc00000e9

Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred."

Most Google results on this point to a possiblity of a bad DVD, but since we had just used the DVD, I am concerned this has something to do with the partition drives not configuring properly. The computer is working fine.

My plan is to try an actual Win7 repair disk in it asap to test if it will cue up the Backup Recovery Image for reimaging, and run DIsk Diagnostics and chkdsk. Any other ideas or info on this are greatly appreciated.

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I would suggest...

by ---TK--- In reply to Strange disk read error b ...

Boot to a live CD or DVD, either Linux or Ultimate boot cd or some form of a PE disk. Back up your important Data... then start completely over with fresh installations. XP HATES to be resized for one, two god only knows how many system files became corrupt/lost when you moved them...

So if I was in your situation, I would back up your data, Run a Fdisk, and start over fresh. It will probably save you alot of time.

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XP runs fine

by gregrocker In reply to I would suggest...

If SFC /scannow verifies files then can we eliminate that? I am doing this for a family member across country via Remote Assistance and would like to avoid clean reinstall for now. (In fact am preserving their XP partition so I can upgrade it to their pre-purchased Win7 Home Premium upgrade in the spring just before RC expires.)

How about just System Restoring to before the Xp partition shrink and Recovery Image installation to new partition? Or deleting the new Recovery Image partition, which might be reading incorrectly as an improperly disconnected USB drive?

Before doing any of this, though, I want to make a Win7 Repair Disk to see if it loads into Repair My Computer correctly and can cue up Recovery Image with "Restore from an Image". Using the Vista Install disk to do these Win7 repair functions might have been dicey in the first place?

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