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Unmountable boot volume

I researched and it says this only occurs with computers without windows xp service pack 2 however i have noth service pack 2 and 3

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This occurs when you have a corrupt operating system or a bad hard drive. You will need to check the hard drive to see if it is still good and, if so, reinstall the operating system. If not, then you will need to replace the hard drive and the operating system.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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    Kevin Shafer Jul 20, 2009

    And why did you give a bad rating? You asked a question and I gave you the answer, yet you gave a bad rating. Please come back and give an appropriate rating because this has nothing to do with the service packs as you suggested but is an indicator of a bad hard drive.

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