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This is a hard drive failure problem - unmountable boot volume - failed short self test (at least on HPs after running the HP diagnostics). Find a CD with the OS (Windows) of the version installed on your computer (including the service packs). Boot from the CD, and press R. This starts the Recovery Console. At the prompt, type "chkdsk /p /r" (without the quotes and followed by enter). This sometimes will recover and move the critical records away from the bad sector.
Sometimes, you can take the drive out of the computer, wrap it well to prevent moisture condensing in the unit, and put it in the freezer for a while. This will get the drive to function for a short while - long enough to transfer critical files off.
You will need to plan on replacing the hard drive. If it is under warranty, contact the manufacturer.
If your computer didn't come with the OS on a CD, find someone who has them. Windows User's Group members are likely to have multiple copies and may be willing to lend one out.
I hope this helps.
(the freezer route needs to be several days - there is a lot of mass in the platters)
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
Often times that error means theirs a problem with the hard drive itself. You may want to try (if you're comfortable with the hardware) to make sure that the Hard Drive's physical connections are still intact.
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
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