A disk read error occurred on boot

solderjoint13

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I've got a compaq Presario cq50 laptop running vista basic and now when the computer is turned on I get this message:
A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+del to restart

I've ran tests on the Hard drive.
The quick test gave: #100080 - Replace Hard Disk 1rent test item
Complete test gave: #100080 - Replace Hard Disk 1rent test item
The Smart Check: Hard Disk Passed

The owner of the laptop said that he thinks its a virus that he got.
I do not have a recovery disk or an OS disk for this computer.

I'm hoping that there is just a problem with the software and not the hardware any help would be great.
 
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