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Unmountable Boot Volume

By ashamann01 ·
I get the error UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME when i start up my windows XP machine. I have inserted the Windows XP disk and gone to the recovery section and tried chkdsk /p and /r but it gets to 3 or sometimes 4% and then just sits there. I dont know what to do...

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by ashamann01 In reply to Unmountable Boot Volume

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by BlitzSonik In reply to Unmountable Boot Volume

Two things!

Boot to CD and enter the recovery console. From here try (1) fixboot and/or (2) fixmbr.

If the above does not work, I am afraid to say that your hard drive is most likely gone! Get a new one. Install Windows on it and get your files from the old one through Windows Explorer.

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by zlitocook In reply to Unmountable Boot Volume

Depending on how much you know about computers and software you can use Bartpe boot cd to try to fix the hard drive. There are some great post on how to use it here. Try a search for bartpe here and on the web. You can also make boot disks from Microsoft that will let you load the Recovery consule and try to repair the system. Try booting to a Symantic antivirus cd and check for viruses.

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by pctech In reply to Unmountable Boot Volume

Should you not be running XP SP1 then XP has a problem with disk caching. Turn off the disk caching and see if this resolves the problem. Should this work for you then you can install SP1 and re enable the disk caching.

Should you already be running XP SP1, then download the disk drive manufacturer's Drive Fitness Test ( DFT ) and follow the instructions as to how to test the drive for defects.

I hope this helps you.

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by wlbowers In reply to Unmountable Boot Volume

You can do an InPlace Upgrade before giving up the ghost.

This is the page in the Microsoft Knowledgebase.

XP Q315341


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