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disk I/O error, won't boot


FPCH New Member
Jan 2, 2007
I have an old pc that won't boot up. It keeps saying disk I/O error replace disk and hit any key, but when I do it keeps repeating. It is a Gateway 2000, Pentium 2 processer, 300MHZ. I don't care about keeping this pc, I just need to get my pictures off of it. It has pics of my son Shane on it and he passed away on 12-30-05 and I really want them!!


FPCH Member
Jan 21, 2006
Telford, UK
Make sure that there is no floppy disk or CD/DVD in any of the drives. Then try booting it up again. What operating system - version of Windows - does the machine have?

These photos are obviously important to you. I would recommend going to your local trustworthy computer store, explaining the situation to them and ensuring that they carefully obtain the photos from the hard disk for you. Get them to burn them a CD or DVD, maybe more than once.