Windows will not boot,recieve error message 'unmountable boot volume error'

By shelly2373 ·
When i turn my computer on I get the windows loading screen, but then it stops and i get a blue screen stating windows detected an error and had to shut down. I ran the diagnostics and i get a hard drive error message saying that the hard drive self test failed. What is going on? My computer was working great then all of a sudden it stopped working. I have a Dell xps m1210 with windows xp media center 2005 sp2. Can someone help me please?

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Did you apply any new windows updates or drivers recently?

by ManiacMan In reply to Windows will not boot,rec ...

Something must have changed or been applied to your system to make it stop all of a sudden. Also, tell me more about this drive diagnostic program and where you run it from. Is it a separate CD you boot into? I suspect that if it's telling you that the hard drive test failed, then your hard drive has or is developing bad sectors, or is already close to crashing for good.

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Same problem, different drive.

by normhaga In reply to Windows will not boot,rec ...

WD 160 gig sata laptop drive.

I deleted a partition, repartitioned as reiserfs and formatted from windows. The drive malfunctioned. Disk manager would see it but immediately lose it upon any access. No live version of Linux would see it and it passed the basic diagnostics.

I simply fed-exd it to WD.

My guess is that when the partition table was overwritten that the reserved area was also written to. The hardware is supposed to prevent this BUTTTTTT.....

Since the drive is under warranty, I let WD worry about it.

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Boot to Utility partition

by eugenekoong In reply to Windows will not boot,rec ...


Since you are using Dell PC, when you boot press F12 and choose 'IDE drive diagnostics' write down the error code if have any and call Dell. If there is no error, restart and press F12 and this time choose 'Boot to Utility Partiton' let it scan your hadrware and see if anything wrong, this will take some time.

Hope this help.

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