Thanks for quick replay....I have already set my bios to boot first from CD then usb and at the end HDD, but I still have the same problem. XP won't boot from any of this devices. When I turn my lap on I have a boot options and I try to boot from cd and usb but after few second I have options like when you press F8....normal,safe..etc. and Xp boots by himself again with same blue screen and message unmountable boot volume.
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If both the HDD and the CD/DVD drive contain bootable devices, the BIOS will usually ask just before starting the HDD boot, while still on the black screen, "Press any key to boot from CD". If you don't watch for this (it's usually at the very bottom or top of the screen), then the system will boot to the HDD.
Remove all usb flash drives or external hard drives connected to the laptop.
If no flash drives or external hard drives are present the you will need to reboot your system and press the delete key repeatedly until you get into the BIOS. Once in the BIOS you will need to locate boot disk priority. Set priority 1 to the laptop's main drive and priority 2 to the CD/DVD drive.
Now it should first try boot on your hard drive with your operating system on it. If after this you still get the unmountable boot volume error then your hard drive may be corrupt.
The best option is, look around for external cd-rom with usb connection, and reformat the laptop.You need to go into the bios and change the boot order to make your usb cd-rom to first in the boot list. Once the usb cd-rom is plugged into used port, with operation system cd in it, on your laptop..press F2..go into the bios, to the boot order make your usb cd-rom on top boot list,,then save changes to exit the bios. Once again the system reboots..with message PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM CD ROM.. so just simple steps to follow..its not going to be expensive..good luck
if I understood correctly you have the recovery software loaded on a stick flash drive and you want to boot from usb to restore the pc .....There are a few things that you have to know about to do that ... first you have to go to bios and enable boot from another device ....other than hdd /cd or flopy ... for some elder bios this isnt even a choice ..or ..if it is ,,it will be as a sub options into the hdd...choice .. another thing that you have to keep in mind ..is that you have to disable the other options to force it boot from this one ...or ....to press f8 on boot and manually choose the usm or the stick name that will appear on boot devices... the most important thing is that if you already formatted the hdd it does notr have a usb driver loaded and that why willl not see the device ...also the device you are using to boot ...has to be specially formatted to be bootable ....this is made ussualy with a hp format tool ...and it is explained in more than one places on the net ...just look for making a boot-able stick (usb device) in short ...make sure the sticvk is boot-able ...second the pc ha s teh capability to boot from another device ...and this is a feature that you already enabled like first boot device ... than things will be easy ...it will ask you to press any key to boot from the usb ...and continue like an installation from the cd ... if you cannot do it ...I recommend using a cd ..or an image that you will ***** in a virtual cd ...for those that do not have cd drive ( use daemon tool )
Hi there "Unmountable Boot Volume." means that the system 32 folder has become corrupt and probably you will have to recover the system. If you have XP CD for a clean install, you have to change the boot order from within the bios (F2 on boot up) and tell it to boot from CD. This will change the boot order and allow you to reinstall the OS. Be warned that you WILL loose data if this is the only option open to you.
Hi everyone...my windows xp wouldn't start up at all..(unmountable boot volume).kept restarting with the blue screen...I had ** xp disk (came pre-installed)....finally was able to get to my files by downloading K**ppix to a CD and running that on my broken xp ...just downloaded it, ran it, and I was able to access all my folder/files that I didn't want to loose...**w I can use my recovery disks to get my computer running again..I would recommend this option to anyone with ** xp disk...it saved me from loosing important files that I needed...just thought I would share this with you since I k**w many pc's do NOT come with the windows disk these days....