Some of the solutions below require the use of the Microsoft Windows setup CD or DVD.If your PC did not come with a Windows installation disc or if you no longer have your Windows setup media, you can use Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows instead.Easy RE will automatically find and fix many problems, and can also be used to solve this problem with the directions below.

If the error is caused by damaged hard disk cables, try any of the following tips to fix the error: If the HDD cables and ports are not damaged, the issue can also be from the hard disk itself.

To test if your hard disk is failing or it’s already failed, use Easy Recovery Essentials’ Automated Repair.

Automated Repair process will report any issues found with your hard disk or RAM memory: To download Easy Recovery Essentials, click here.

The most common cases of this error are attributable to an incorrectly-flashed MBR to the system startup disk or the absence of an active partition on the startup disk.

In these situations, the recommendations below should resolve the problem readily.

If the problem is with hardware, additional diagnosis and the possible replacement of system components may be needed.Easy Recovery Essentials can fix many errors such as this automatically using its built-in Automated Repair option.Easy RE is currently available for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and can be downloaded and created on any PC.You can download Easy Recovery Essentials from here.You can try and fix the “A disk read error occurred” error by following any of these methods.These fixes can be applied to the followings Windows versions: Windows Setup CD/DVD Required!