Needed to shut it down when it was locked up--now I can no longer bring it back up, i have tried inserting the recovery cd--it does not seem to be recognizing it--i have changed my settings in the start up so I think i should be booting from there first
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Unmountable boot volume = The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.
To fix that do the following: 1.Put the CD first in the boot order and boot from the XP install disk. 2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3.Select your partition - it should be C 4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER. 6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer. This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.
If you receive the “unmountable boot volume” error and have an installation disk, you still have a chance to save your system.
1. Insert your XP installation disk into an optical drive and boot up your computer. 2. When you see a welcome screen, hit the R key on your keyboard. This will enter you into recovery mode with a DOS prompt. 3. Now type chkdsk /p and hit Enter. This will launch a utility which will check for errors on your hard drive. 4. After the process is done, type fixboot and hit Enter to repair any damaged boot files which may have become corrupted. When asked to say yes or no, type the Y key on your keyboard. 5. Type exit and press the Enter key to reboot your computer.
If all went well, you should now be able to boot back into Windows without a problem!
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Thanks Richard Scott Technical Support New Zealand
what has happened is your hard drive as failed and that is why it shut down and then gave the unmountable boot volume.
You could try repairing windows using your XP cd but it's a new hard drive i recon.