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Re: Unmountable Boot Volume Win XP
This is an issue know by MS. If you can put it in another PC as a secondary drive (or use an "USB encloser" to connect it) perform a checkdsk on the drive (use the properties of the drive/tools tab and select check disk).
Start your computer by inserting the Windows startup disks orthe Windows installation disk if your computer can start from the CDdrive.
When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.
Ifyou have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the Windowsinstallation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
Type the administrator password when you are prompted to do this.
Note If no administrator password exists, press ENTER.
At the command prompt, on the drive where Windows is installed, type chkdsk /r, and then press ENTER.
At the command prompt, type exit, and then press ENTER to restart your computer.
After you repair the volume, check your hardware to isolate the cause of the file system damage.
If this procedure does not work, repeat it, but type fixboot instead of chkdsk /r
If you never got a Windows CD PCs usually have a "rescue partition"type setup with a hard drive utility. That can be used as well. Let meknow if any further assistance is required I'll be happy provide moreinformation...
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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.
You might try removing the Hard Drive from the machin and slaving it on your other machine. Then running a chkdsk in the command prompt or norton disk utilities. If either fails, backup your data on other machin and reinstall.
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.
Yes, unmountable boot volume usually means you need a new hard drive. However, if you have a windows xp cd, you can boot to the recovery console (press R at the first prompt) and try running a chkdsk /f command. Sometimes that will help. Thanks and good luck! Oh and if you could remember to give this solution a rating of fixya. Thanks!
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.