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By steve.wareing ·
I built a new PC, Shuttle MB AV49VN, with 1GB mem, a 128mb FIC 8X AGP Vid card, and a 40GB WD Caviar HD.

When doing a stock XP load with 6 each boot FD, when I get to disk #6 I get a blue screen with the following "unmountable_boot_volume". The HD is new but I "zero'd" it out and still get the same error. I have reset all items in the BIOS that may cause this but still the same error.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP install

grab your trusty DOS boot disk that has FDISK and FORMAT on it. Boot from the floppy and use FDISK to create the primary partition. Reboot with the floppy and format the disk. Reboot with the floppy. Insert the winXP cd and navigate to i386. Type in winnt and press enter. Just follow the prompts.

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by dmiles In reply to Windows XP install

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the Welcome to setup press the letter R
You will get a dos prompt
Then type "chkdsk /p" without the quotes and hit enter
When that is done type "fixboot" and hit enter
"Y" and enter at the prompt
Then type "exit" and hit enter
The system will now reboot into Windows

If for some reason that don't work for you, you can boot to the recovery console like above and...
Type "chkdsk /r" then enter
When done type "exit" and hit enter.
This will take longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.

See the following KB if needed
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q297185/

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by entawanabi In reply to Windows XP install

I'm not sure what "zero'ed" out the drive means but, did you foremat and configure the drive(s)? When you BOOT you make a number of copies, did the copies occupy so much space that the unmountable message comes up? I think these new windows products already have an OS' so that shouldn't be a problem; Did you know that some of the things in the program are compacted as follows, for this (XP) to work in this Mega-Byte is only a sheet of paper, while in this one it takes two-hundred sheets of paper, yet in the diskettes that you are loading from they, with notations and instructions and the stuff from fifty other mega-bytes are all in one mega-byte: Is this considered in the instructions on the or with the set of diskettes?

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by steve.wareing In reply to Windows XP install

I may have forgotten to add the HD is new and unformatted, without a partition. Generally on a clean install I will go through all the FD (6) to the point where it will ask to set partitions and format the HD. Then install the OS.

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