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Umountable boot volume

I get this error message, can't get my dell dimension 4300 computer to boot to ANYTHING. I put in the windows recovery disc, but computer won't boot to it, read it and I continue to get the same error message: Unmountable boot volume. Computer won't boot in any of the various safe modes. Any one have any ideas.

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Power down the pc unplug it and when it restart up go to F2 and see if you booting in c or in your cd rum try this

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How do I fix error codes pxe-e61 and pxe-mof


The fix will depend on exactly what is wrong. The messages mean that your computer can't read the hard disc and find a boot OS. The drive may have failed, the cable might be loose, or the MBR (masterboot record) is bad.

First make sure that you do not have a CD/DVD in your optical drive, a floppy in your 3.5" drive or an external hard drive attached to one of the USB ports. (The computer may be trying to boot to one of them.)

Next press F2 when you turn on the computer (press repeatedly). This will let you enter the BIOS to set the disc boot order. (Check that the hard disk is listed first. This also indicates that the computer sees a hard drive in the machine.) If you get the error message again, try the entire procedure again from turning on the computer.

Next try using the appropriate Windows install/update disc to repair your system.(The Dell 4600 came with XP and you need the correct SP on the disc. If you kept up on the updates, it should be SP3.) Put the CD in the optical drive then restart the computer. Press F12 repeatedly to get the boot selection menu. (The same repeat routine may be needed if you miss the timing.) Use this disk to enter the Recovery Console and attempt to repair the Master Boot record.

Use the directions here: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/en/4600i/sm/index.htm to check if the cable is connected properly. You will need to open the case.
This Dell came with an IDE hard drive. These often have a jumper that indicates the boot order. The jumper must be set to master or cable select and be attached at the master position on the IDE cable. This is the connection at the very end of the cable. The IDE cable can come loose from the motherboard, as well. You can also try a different cable.

The final option is to replace the hard disc. Unplug the old hard drive from the IDE cable first. You'll need the Windows install disc and then to reinstall all of your drivers and programs. Move the bad disc to the slave position on the IDE cable. See if you can salvage any of your files from the hard drive. (Sometimes, putting the drive in a ziploc bag and placing it in the freezer for several days will let you read the disk when you put it back in the computer.)

I hope this helps.

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After hitting the power button on your computer, throw it into "BOOT MODE" and select your hard drive. See if this helps your computer load. If so, you will have to go into your BIOS Setup and make your current hard drive your Primary Boot Device.


If this doesn't help, load your restore disc and check your drive for errors.

Your problem shouldn't be anything more than a few registry errors OR a boot problem.

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The disk-drive cannot be "mounted", i.e., the motherboard cannot access it

> boot volume

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that program "pulls-up-by-the-boot-straps", to read the rest of Windows from the disk-drive.


If the disk-drive has "failed", then you'll get messages like the one that you reported.

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When ur booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot Volume". This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up.
So, what do you do about it, panic and try to mount your boot in your computer...... No that is probably not a good idea.
You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the Welcome to setup press the letter R
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I also get this eerror then i have win xp bootable disk then i boot my cxomputer with win xp and go to recovery console then type "chkdsk /r"then press "y"
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There is no way around this you need to get your OS from Dell and reload.

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