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Unmountable boot volume error. Not able to boot from installation disk, no floppy drive on laptop available. Has the hard drive died?

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  • jvdmeij Apr 27, 2008

    Thanks for that, I was afraid that that would be the case, as the laptop does not respond to anything.
    If restarted and pressed F2 as you suggested, and where it reads "USB HDD:" in the boot diretory, no text is entered, so that pretty much confirms the Hard Drive needs replacing I take it?

    Regards,
    Jose.

  • jvdmeij Apr 27, 2008

    Thanks for that, unfortunately I am not able to reboot my installation disk, so I don't get the welcome screen either. I have no floppy disk drive installed. The F2 function has confirmed there is no entry recorded against the "USB HDD". I think this has now confirmed that the hard drive needs replacing.

    Regards,
    Jose.

  • jvdmeij Apr 27, 2008

    Thanks for that, you have been a great help by confirming what is wrong and showing me where to look. Fortunately, the laptop is still under warranty and all data was recovered before it crashed. (I've learnt my lesson from a previous experience).
    Have a great day.

    Regards,
    Jose.

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1. Insert your WindowsXP 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 black screen like DOS

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.

Please post the outcome if issue persist. Rate accordingly if issue has resolved.

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Yeppers..it's toast..you may be able to recover it with a data recovery company..

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    Patrick Michaels Apr 27, 2008

    try going through F2 first, to see if it's still there

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    Patrick Michaels Apr 27, 2008

    yes it does..and you may be able to recover data..

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    Patrick Michaels Apr 27, 2008

    thanks JOse..you lucked out..remember to rate the expert you think helped you the most

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