I have been experiencing problems with one of my older laptops - a Dell Latitude running Windows XP. It worked fine for years and then started experiencing this issue.
When I turn it on, the screen sometimes reads "Disk read error occurred press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart." After this point, nothing happens and it does not boot up. In most cases, I have to press Ctrl + Alt + Del or power on/off multiple times before the Windows boot process kicks in?
I was wondering what might have caused this problem? I don't think its got anything to do with the jumper settings for my system drives (ie. setting my HDD to Master and DVD to Slave) - as this is a pre-built laptop by Dell, I can't see how this problem can have anything to do with how the cables have been connected (or even how the BIOS is configured in respect of boot order). In addition, the laptop has worked fine for years with no problem!
Do you think that it could be to do with the boot sector of the HDD being damaged in some way? If not, then what else could it be?