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Solved: Unable to boot XP - Unmountable Boot Volume

Q: Solved: Unable to boot XP - Unmountable Boot Volume

When I start the machine (XP Pro), it wonít boot in any mode. Going via F2 I can get to boot from CD but I donít have an XP recovery CD for the machine as it was an OEM with pre-installed XP (Tried a friendís XP Pro Recovery disc but it just gets me to Unmountable Boot Volume)

Have run Ubuntu (which works) and have recovered my files but would like to recover the XP OS if possible. Is there any way I can use Ubuntu to recover (as the HDD is obviously ok). Sorry havenít got any info re the machine apart from its a Toshiba U400.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated

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-Using Windows XP on a Dell Dimention 8300 desktop.-

About a week ago, I attempted to start up my computer, and to my dismay, I ended up with the blue screen of death with an error that was something like

unmountable_boot_volume EDx0000000 0x0000006 0x0000000

(I'm currently typing from memory on my ipod so please forgive me if I'm a bit vague) Anyway, I've tried everything I can think of. I'm unable to run chkdsk as it brings me directly to partitions, and I really don't want to re-format because my data and backups of things are very precious to me. Is there anything I can do?
Also yes I did use the search function before posting this and nothing helped

A:Unmountable Boot Volume error, unable to fix, need help

I believe when you run chkdsk - you have to choose which partition you would like it to check/fix.

Also, have you tried a repair install?

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I have this older Compaq desktop I got out I haven't used in awhile. I am trying to remove all my files from old computers.

Well I started it up and it gives me the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and says "Unmountable Boot Volume." The computer didn't do the BSOD when it was in use.

I did a Google search and searched on TechGuy and found the procedure to boot from the Windows XP Install disc to run the recovery mode. I checked the BIOS and saw that it was set to boot into the CD-Rom drive. So I inserted the install disc but I can't get the computer to run in the recovery mode.

Here is what happens everytime I start it;
Press any key to boot - I usually press Enter but it goes to the next screen.
We apologize for the inconvenience but windows did not start successfully. - It gives me options to different boot into Windows but for some reason I can't move up or down on my keyboard. It boots into Windows normally.
Windows XP start screen appears
BSOD - Unmountable_Boot_Volume

What do I need to do to make the computer boot from the install disc?

I greatly appreciate any help or advice.

A:Solved: Can't Boot into Recovery Mode to Fix Unmountable Boot Volume

Either there is something wrong with the XP installation CD, or something wrong with the CD drive, or you didn't hit the "any key" quickly enough. For the last one make sure it starts to read the CD after you hit Enter and before it tries to boot normally. For the first one see if you can boot the CD on another computer (you don't have to do anything with it except to see if it boots).

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0x00000ED<error message. computer cannot start and it gives this error.Help!!!

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Whenever I turned my computer on this morning a blue screen came up sayin UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME. I tried restarting it in safe mode like it said to, but the blue screen kept coming up. It had this error message at the bottom of the screen Stop: 0x000000ED (0x80A91D98, 0xc0000032, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). Can anyone help me figure out what's going on. Everytime it does this I have to reinstall Windows XP and everything on my computer is erased. Please help!

A:Solved: Unmountable Boot Volume

Try not to double post. If you haven't gotten a reponse to your post in a "reasonable" length of time (although 37 minutes isn't bad ), post a reponse to your first post and just type "bump". This will move your problem back to the top. See my reponse to your other post

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I have a Sony PCG-7134M laptop. When I try to start Vista normally I get a BSOD saying UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. It will not start in safe mode and I do not have a repair disk or installation disk. What can I do?

A:[SOLVED] Unmountable Boot Volume

UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME BSOD's usually point to a failing hard drive or corrupt filesystem.

--My first recommendation would be to attempt to back up any important data by carefully removing the drive and connecting it to a working PC to see if you can access the data

If you can boot to safe mode (probably not) or a Windows OS disk and access the command prompt (cmd) in the repair options you can run a disk check which can repair a corrupt filesystem/ bad sectors, blocks, and clusters.

The command for that is: chkdsk /x/f/b/r (if Windows XP omit the "b" switch)

Let this run through. Once it is finished attempt to boot to Windows. If you successfully boot to Windows back up any important data immediately. And run a hard drive diagnostic on the drive.

HDD Diagnostic

1. Download Seatools and Easy Burner (if you don't currently have a program to burn .iso files to a CD) from the link in my signature

2. Install Easy Burner

3. Burn Seatools for Dos to a CD

4. Insert the CD to the CD drive on the problem PC, restart the PC and boot from the CD (please post if you need help booting to disk)

5. Once Seatools boots run a Long test on the Hard drive (found under "Basic Tests" at top left)

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I am having this problem with my daughter's computer!

Installed the Cd, got to the command input.

As soon as I enter "CD.." It tells me, "File cannot be opened" I tried the others, and I get the same!

Then I tried again and same thing! So, I decided to run the chechdisk command above and Voila! it offered me to select 1 after I chose R

THEN, it just fully loaded!! no further commands were needed!! I took the CD out and it's all fixed!!


A:Unmountable Boot Volume Solved

Glad you resolved it .

FWIW: Often, unmountable boot volume errors are resolved by the running of the chkdsk /r command.


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Last week given HP Desktop with the Unmountable Boot Volume error. Ran chkdsk from the Recovery console. It ran through and then on reboot worked OK. After making sure the problem didn't happen again I gave it back. Owner hooked it up and same error message. I got it back today, ran chkdsk and it booted up to Windows. Just finished running the WD disk diagnostics which it passed.

Probably will replace the IDE cable before giving it back, but I would hate to get a call that the Unmountable Boot Volume error has returned. The only other information is that both times the error showed up were after the system was moved. Once from the original to a new owner and then from me back to new owner. Also of interest (not sure it means anything) is the problem popped up both times the new owner turned the system on for the first time (after she bought it and after I gave it back) . I guess maybe I should carry it around the house a few times before returning it. I know this would usually get posted in the XP forum, but I guess I'm looking for a hardware explanation. Advice appreciated.

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Whenever I turned my computer on this morning a blue screen came up sayin UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME. I tried restarting it in safe mode like it said to, but the blue screen kept coming up. It had this error message at the bottom of the screen Stop: 0x000000ED (0x80A91D98, 0xc0000032, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). Can anyone help me figure out what's going on. Everytime it does this I have to reinstall Windows XP and everything on my computer is erased. Please help!

A:Solved: Unmountable Boot Volume

If you do a google search you will come with many hits for this problem. Here is one Unmountable Boot Volume

However, the fact that it keeps doing this points to a possible problem with your hard drive. Go to you hard drive manufacturer's web site and download the diagnostic tools and run them. Also read through this http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q297185

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Ok, I Need help pretty badly.....

All of a sudden my computer just rebooted, and when it tryed to start up again, came this blue screen, saying:

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x000000ed (0x81f9b900, 0xc0000032, 0x000000000, 0x000000000)

It also say's that this could be because of some new software I've installed, but I can't even boot in safe mode so there isn't much I can do.....

Can anyone help me ......

A:[SOLVED] Unmountable Boot Volume

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hi fellow users
i have received the following error when booting into xp.
Unmountable boot volume 0x00000ed (0x8a202900,0xc0000006,0x0000000,0x0000000)
I don't know what this means but i know it is bad. please reply ASAP becuase i need to do work on it.
Yours Faithfully

A:[SOLVED] Unmountable boot volume

Hi and welcome to TSF please try this Unmountable Boot Volume

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I'm in a bit of a pickle here, as trying to boot my computer normally (with or without safe mode) gives me the aforementioned boot volume error. After finally tracking down my Windows CD (it was on the shelf, who would've thought?) I'd thought that my problems would be solved - but, no, instead booting from the disk gives me another, very vague error.

I need a hand.

And a hug

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i am using xp home on an hp pc (therefore no recovery discs). after a blackout, i got the unmountable boot volume blue screen. i have searched the forums, talked to hp and got the same answers. the problem is none of them work.

i cannot restart in safe mode or last good configuration. a friend made the 6 xp set up floppy disks for me and theat gets me into the repair and once there, chkdsk does not work. i have tried both /p and /r and both times i get the message:
autochk.exe could not be located in either the startup directory or the cdrom drive.
type the full path <including drive letter> for the location of autochk.exe

i tried fixboot and it says it fixes something, but on restart i am stuck back in the blue screen.

one of the hp guys suggested i install an earlier version of windows, so i can backup files before a full system restore. i found my old office 97 cdrom, but i don't know how to install it with a whacked out system.

it just occurred to me that i am dumb. office is not an operating system and i know that. i have a version of xp pro. will that work? if so, how do i install?



A:Solved: unmountable boot volume (hp pc)

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I have the UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME error. But, for me, it's not as simple as popping in the XP startup disk, because the HP I have was upgraded by a computer shop (so I didn't get that disk).

Anyway, I think I have a way to fix it. I can connect the hard drive from the computer that is presenting the problem to this computer, which will give me access to the files that are on it, which means that I could manually fix the file that is causing the boot volume to be unmountable. (Whatever that means.)

My question to you kind folks is: how do I go about this? Once the hard drive is connected, what file do I need to repair, and how do I repair it? Any help will be very much appreciated.

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I have the blue screen, with the problem Unmountable_Boot_Volume
STOP: 0x000000ED (0x86B56900, 0xC0000006, 0 ◊ 00000000.0 X00000000)

I'm trying to recover from the XP installation CD, but it says (translated from Spanish): "The partition is full, unformatted or formatted with an incompatible file system. To proceed, the Windows Setup must format this partition "

Is there any way to fix it without formatting?



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I just got that message when I opened my PC.

It was written in white over a blue screen the folloeing information:

STOP: 0x000000FD (0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).

We tried to start the PC with the debug mode and last configuration and it didn't work.

Does anyone know how to solve this issue ?


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Heeeelp, i have a Dell Vostro 1000 blue screen popped up with 0x000000ED (0x8A77c900, 0xc0000006,0x00000000,0x00000000.

My computer starts up showing windows xp but has a Windows Vista sticker.

I attempted to download and burn Herons

A:[SOLVED] Unmountable boot volume

Can you enter Safe Mode?

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And I only see that BSOD when I disable automatic restart. The stop code is 0x000000ED (0x86403130,0xc000009c,0x00000000,0x00000000). I get the blue screen (momentarily) on all of the other F8 options.

When I boot using the Vista disk I get the msg 'Windows is loading files...', then I get what looks like the bottom part of the XP splash screen - the little bar with the green dots moving from left to right (was that part of the Vista start, as well?), then eventually the screen goes black..... and stays that way. Although after about 30 seconds the mouse pointer does show up - and its moveable. And the keyboard lights up properly on Caps Lock and Num Lock. But nothing else.

I did try booting off an old XP disk, and it did take me to a place where I could delete the partition.

Should I try that, and then try the Vista disk again, or should I just go ahead and install XP (although I would have that pesky product key to deal with)?

I somehow feel that if I could only get to a C: prompt I could do a fixboot

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and I'm not talking about a good answer. ANY response at all would have been appreciated.

My original post, titled Vista will not boot - Unmountable Boot Volume - Won't Boot from Disk Either seemed like it would be the kind of posting that would have elicited some response - Can't boot normally, in safe mode, or last good configuration. AND, can't boot from a genuine Microsoft Vista Home Basic disk.

But nothing.....

So I inserted an old HP Windows XP OS CD into the machine, and booted to the recovery center, where I selected to install XP. I formatted the drive, and then ejected the disk. I then put the Vista disk in, and booted from it.

Presto, it worked. This time it actually took me to the Vista Repair / Install page.

I deleted the partition, entered the product key and re installed Vista.

It is now working beautifully.

Thanks for your help.

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My friend's PC is getting the BSOD: unmountable_boot_volume. I've read alot of good information about BSOD fixes on TSG, but I can't seem to get close to fixing this machine (or even a good start).

I'm working with a Dell Dimension 4600.
On startup, I'm getting the above BSOD and there has not been any hardware changes since the machine was purchased (which I thought was related to the error code).
I am unable to boot in safe mode (it stops at /agp.dll line). I have also tried booting from the other options: command prompt, VGA mode, last known good, etc....
In the boot menu, the cd-rom is listed as NOT INSTALLED. The USB devices are listed as uninstalled as well.
I do not have a spare hdd to swap for testing or a floppy boot disk.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else I can try? I am very willing to reinstall XP Pro if I can boot to it.

Thank you, as always, for any advice!

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Ok, received this error yesterday, looked up how to fix it using the install disc. Now I can only access anything using SAFE MODE.
If I try to boot up normally my screen goes black and it says "DSUB Power Saving Mode". The Hard Drive is still working as I can hear it and can see both lights are on. What can I do to fix this problem?

A:[SOLVED] Unmountable Boot Volume Issues

Problem solved! I forgot when I ran the install disc it defalted my monitor to DSUB Analog instead of DVI Digital, which caused my monitor to black out. A little dumb luck pressing buttons fixed my issue. It all sounds so basic in hindsight!

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I get the BSOD and came to know the problem was Unmountable Boot volume. I have windows 7 operating system, 64bit and VAIO laptop. I have no windows 7 disc of any sorts......but i did make a system image long time ago on my USB coz my CD drive doesn't work. please help.

thank you

A:Solved: Unmountable Boot volume and BSOD

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A few days ago, my computer crashed and gave me the 'unmountable boot volume' message. I have a dell inspiron 600m, xp professional. There was a similar post, it seems, a few years back, but doesn't have a way to remedy this. The hard drive still seems to work, but no matter how I try to restart this thing, whether it's with the Windows xp cd that came with this and clicking on reboot, nothing works. This is an older computer and I hope to get a bit more use out of it because I am not in a position to replace it at this time. Anything recomended I am willing to try. Thank you for your time in responding to my crisis!

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I had a screen freeze situation on an XP SP3 mach and hit the reset to reboot and when it tried to boot up I got the unmountable boot volume blue screen. I'm using an Asus AM2-MX mobo that has 4 sata connectors and I have a Seagate sata drive I'm running XP from. I found out that when it froze the HD had gone offline. I shut it off and reconnected cables and then it was online again. I've had trouble with a couple of drives going offline now and then and can't figure out why. I'm beginning to think faulty mobo. Anyway, now I'm trying to get my XP install back again. Now I've disconnected all other drives and am running chkdsk /r out of Recovery Console but it hasn't worked so so far. ALso ran fixboot with no results. Will run fixmbr it chkdsk /r doesn't work. The repair function in RC doesn't even list an XP install to repair either. If anyone has any ideas on this please reply. Its frustrating to have to reload XP and all programs again.

A:Solved: Unmountable boot volume crash XP

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hey guys, new to this site so i hope someone can please please help. my comp wont boot up past that blasted "blue screen" and says that unmountable boot volume. i do NOT have the windows XP cd to install again so if there is any way that i can fix this problem without having to use a cd let me know. i am desparate!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me with something. My mom's friend is having a problem with her computer. All her husband did was delete 500 email messages out of outlook express at one time and then the computer messed up. when they restart they have an option of choosing safe mode, normal windows, etc. No matter what they choose, it says it can't start and goes to a blue screen of death with this error: unmountable_boot_volume
STOP: 0X000000ED(0X81A97538, 0XC000009C, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)
They had ran a test or something and it found 41 errors and said something about an error: IDE uncorrectable data error or media is write protected.

They have a Dell computer, XP, that's about all I know. Any help would be greatly appreciated on how to fix this. Thanks!

A:Solved: blue screen of death unmountable boot volume please help fix!!

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I can't boot my X1 Yoga from USB to resolve Unmountable Boot Volume problem. I got an "Unmountable boot volume" error on a blue screen when trying to restart my Lenovo Yoga X1. Trying to resolve the issue:- I prepared a bootable USB using Windows 10 media creation tool- I chose my USB as the temporary startup device on the boot list When booting with USB, the WIndows splash screen appeared for a moment and then the screen turn black. I could not follow any of the steps to fix the boot issue. I left the computer alone for a few hours but laptop remains the same with the black screen. - I tried to boot from this USB on another laptop and it worked fine.- I also ran hardware diagnostics, and no problems were found.- I connected an external monitor to the laptop, but still gets the same black screen I appreciate your help on this issue. Thank you.

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Hi, I've tried everything with this laptop to no avail, and though maybe someone here might know how to fix my problem.

Well, it started yesterday when I booted up and got the "Windows did not start successfully" message. No matter what option I picked (safe mode, start Windows normally etc.), it would go to the Windows logo and begin to load, and then quickly flash the BSOD and restart again, returning to the "Windows did not start successfully" message.

I then disabled automatic restart on system failure and this time the BSOD stayed on screen and told me that I had an "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" error. I looked around on the internet, and from what I read I decided to run Chkdsk from the Recovery Console.

This is where I am stuck. I have two "Recovery CD-ROMs" instead of the Windows XP CD, because the laptop came with Windows XP preloaded, and I figured that to get to the Recovery Console I should insert one and boot the laptop. I tried both, and nothing happened (it just loaded the "Windows did not start successfully" message again).

I then loaded the CD directly by hitting Esc on start up, but the only options that came up were 1. MS-DOSwith CD-ROM support, 2. Recover Windows XP to first partition only, 3. Recover Windows XP to entire HD, and 4. Recover Windows XP to entire HD with 2 partitions.

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A:[SOLVED] Unmountable boot volume error, cannot load Windows XP disk

Hello Clare

You will have to borrow a proper (full) XP installation CD from someone.
Configure your PC to boot from CD if it isn't already set up that way. You may need to enter the BIOS to configure the PC to boot from the CD.
Set the boot order to
floppy (if present)
Hard disk

Start your PC with the XP Setup CD in the drive. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt, do so and let the CD-based boot process begin.

When the Recovery Console option is offered (Press R to start the Recovery Console), do so. You may be asked which Windows installation to enter, in which case type the number of the Windows installation you wish to work on (usually 1).

When prompted, enter the Administrator's password for that Windows installation. If you did not set a password just press ENTER

At the command prompt, type
chkdsk /r



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Computer (HP Pavilion, Windows Vista 64bit) BSODs with error message Unmountable_boot_volume.

I have booted on F8 and attempted safe mode and all other options with same result.

I have booted on F1, selected CD drive as primary boot option, and attempted to boot from HP recovery disc. I get the following message: ATAPI IDE CD ROM Device version p2.00 Error: Unable to detect Atapi IDE Driver not loaded then goes to black screen CD-ROM=Q: Bad command or file name C:\>

I have also ran a memory diagnostic. I have pulled all 4 RAM chips and switched them around, unplugged the hard drive, unplugged the CPU fan, etc. Nothing works.

I think it may be dead.

Any ideas?

A:BSOD Unmountable Boot Volume but also will not boot from CD

 to the BC forum
The error code you are receiving is related to hard disk. Possible causes are the following.
- Faulty HDD cable 
- Severely corrupted file system on the hard disk 
- Failed hard disk (most common reason )
Please do the following steps one by one.
1 ) Replace the HDD SATA cable. If you don't have a spare one, borrow the cable connected to the optical drive.

2 ) Test the health condition of the HDD using manufacturer's diagnostic tool.
Identify the brand of your hard disk and download the appropriate DOS based diagnostic tool by referring the below link.
Let us know your findings after running the hard disk test. Also specify the exact model number of your system in next reply.

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We have a Sony Vaio desktop computer with XP OS. My husband was working on the computer and the computer froze, he had to do a hard restart and that is what has started our problems.

When we turn on the computer, it loops through and keeps restarting. I can't get into safe mode or any of those on that page, it gets stuck at mup.sys and hangs. I have tried going into BIOS and changing the boot order to CD/DVD and I tried booting off of the recovery CD, where I only get a blue screen, I can't get anywhere. When I try to boot off the XP disk, it doesn't seem to recognize the disk and I never get an option to do chkdsk/r. The bluescreen that blinks with the error is a unmountable_boot_volume and the tech info. is STOP: 0X000000ED (0X81309E30, 0XC0000006, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).

I took the hard drive out and tried putting it into another tower and I get the same thing, so does this tell me that my hard drive is bad? We have videos of our kids on the harddrive, so I really want to do anything/everything possible to get it to work, before giving up and buying a new hard drive. I'm sorry, this is my first time posting, so I am not sure what else you would like to know. Thanks for any input or ideas I can do. I also read in my internet research that I could have a bad IDE cable on my harddrive, or I should get an 80-pin versus 40-pin, I am not sure which one I have.

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So I went to boot up my PC this morning (Dell Dimension 9100) and received the BSOD with an error message reading "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME". I tried to restarting a few times, booting in safe mode, booting with last known good settings; all resulted in the same failure.

Following several online resources, I next tried to run Windows Recovery Console off of my XP CD. It took a while for the console to load up and when it finally did, I ran "chkdsk /r" in the prompt. I received the following:
"CHKDSK is checking the volume...
CHKDSK is performing additonal checking or recovery.
0% completed."

I left my computer for an hour to run the check and when I came back it was still at 0% and had shown no change. My hard drive is the default 160GB SATA drive that came with the computer.

Any help is appreciate, thanks!

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I can't boot my laptop from USB to resolve Unmountable Boot Volume problem. I got an "Unmountable boot volume" error on a blue screen when trying to restart my Lenovo Yoga X1. After searching for solutions online, I prepared a bootable USB using Windows 10 media creation tool. I interrupted the regular startup, chose my USB as the temporary startup device, but after that nothing happens. I just get a black screen, and cannot follow any of the steps to fix the boot issue. Am I doing something wrong? I tried to boot from this USB on another laptop and it worked fine. I also ran hardware diagnostics, and no problems were found. If my SSD is damaged or dead, would that show up on the tests?  

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My Dell 4700 has produced the blue screen stop error "unmountable boot volume". I cannot get it to restart at all. Dell is going to have a new hard drive installed but in the meantime I would like to be able to copy some of the data. Most was already backed up to a portable hard drive but some items of convenience would be good to have. I have read of the solution on the MS site that requires the Windows XP CD. The problem is that Dell did not provide me with an XP CD when I purchased the computer.

My question is; Is there any way to get this thing started back up without that CD?

A:unmountable boot volume

have you tried UBCD4WIN before - here

may be able to access the HD and copy or burn your contents to disc

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Yay, my first post/thread but for a sad reason. I am running Microsoft XP with service pack 2 and during computer reboot after the loading screen I get a blue screen with UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME and I do not have access to any of the xp CDs for they did not come with my computer. I have read plenty of forums about ways to do and it they focus on having the XP CDs. I have read that it may have something to do with the boot.ini file and I do have that file and I am currently running Kubuntu from a DVD and I can still access my HD. So all in all I was wondering if anybody has any idea how to get my xp working again using Kubuntu without the xp disks. Any input would be helpful, thanks in adavance

A:unmountable boot volume

If it be the connector cable problem then replace the 40-wire cable with an 80-wire UDMA cable.
If it's a BIOS settings problem then load the 'Fail-Safe' default settings, and then reactivate the most frequently used options such as USB Support.

If it's a damaged file system case then:-
1.Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3.If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.

4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.

6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.

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I kind of have the same problem and it won't let me reboot from the disk it says it is loading windows files but then goes to a black screen. Otherwise I get a blue screen that says there a problem with windows that says it is unmountable_boot_volume

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Originally Posted by cardinalsct

I kind of have the same problem and it won't let me reboot from the disk it says it is loading windows files but then goes to a black screen. Otherwise I get a blue screen that says there a problem with windows that says it is unmountable_boot_volume

You will have to start your own Thread for assistance

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Hi guys,
My windows 8 consumer preview has crashed and gives me the 'unmountable-boot-volume' error. Problem is, I had enabled the fast boot option on my machine using the Toshiba hardware utility, so now i can not access the bios menu and boot from CD/DVD drive as i would have preferred. i cannot access my hard drive and I cannot boot from an external source. Is this the end for me? Please help.

A:Unmountable Boot Volume

lol. i dunno what your oem bios is like - surely there is a way to enter bios setup - some key press during post?

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Hi Guys.

Well. i'm on the verge of suisice already
For some time now i'm terrified of rebooting my machine. it comes down to a russian roullette. If the OS comes up, i'm relieved, if not, i usually get the following msg: Unmountable Boot Volume, accompanied by a nice dark blue screen.

In the past few situations, i tried to enter the recovery counsol and ran chkdsk /r or /p and after messing around with it, unplugging stuff and reassembling the computer from the inside, the OS just managed to boot (without any explanation).

This time, i tried to run chkdsk (for several hours, may i add), then when i tried to boot, it wrote something about not finding an authorize serial number or code for winXP...then just a black screen and no windows.
I thought about doing a repair (which only installs system files and no loss of data) but alas, after the repair i encountered a wierd situation:
A new windows installation (completely new), i still have my old folders in program files, BUT if you enter a specific program, for example, there is no exe file (for example, enter adobe, and u can't find photoshop.exe).. some folders (a few) had exe files which wouldn't run.
Further more, there was no Send To -> Desktop as shortcut or Show desktop in the quick launch bar.... strange...

The computer is now at the technician (i couldn't handle more mental pressure, so i had to do it, sorry ) but i would like to know what went wrong? the technician said it might ... Read more

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I got a new laptop 3 weeks ago, and now after a hard restart i got the Unmountable_boot_volume error.

When i power up it sits loading for 15 mins before i get the message something is wrong. It then proceeds to a new restart where it says starting automatic recovery, then the screen goes black (still powered on) and it stays like that until it gets a hard restart again. (I tried leving it like that for 8 hours)

It's a Lenovo U330, so there is the "novo" button. When i choose system recovery there, the same thing happens.

Is there a fix for this ? I do have another computer with win 8 i can create bootdisc from if that will work. I can always return it, but rma takes around 1 month and would be a waste of time if there is a easy fix for it.

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I tried to use a bootdisk i made on a different computer, but the problem stays the same.
Made a rma on it, i can update when i get it back in a month if anyone's interested.

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My computer will not start. It prepares automatic repair but just turns into a black screen from there. I cannot boot in safe mode. I am unable to boot from the windows 10 IOS I have put onto usb.
I am unsure if because the laptop used to be windows 8 but then upgraded online to Windows 10 (so no disc) if I have the wrong IOS (may have to go back to Windows 8?) but would appreciate some help as I am currently without a computer.

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Please post the EXACT make and model of the laptop please.

I gather you are talking about a Windows 10 computer, correct? Which USED TO HAVE Windows 8/8.1?

One thing I will clarify is that you are using Microsoft Windows NOT Apple iOS. IOS is a term STRICTLY for apple devices and has nothing to do with Windows computers. Just wanting to make sure you're not confused.

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Hi guys, i have a very serious problem with my computer.
I have a windows xp, this morning, when i opened my computer, it didn't boot. The logo screen keeps loading and when it failed, it resets. Then if i reset it, the advanced setting screen comes up, with Safe Mode, Safe mode with networking, Last Known Good Configuration. When i selected Safe Mode, my computer will reset again, if i select Last know good configuration, the blue screen shows up and said " Unmountable_Boot_Volume"
I'm completely stuck. My data is very important and i don't want to lose any of it. Is there anyways that i can fix it and also save my datas?
Thanks and please help.
My appreciate.

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On Friday morning (last week), I made the dreadful mistake of turning on my computer just to remove a CD and then quickly turning it back off again without properly shutting down. I was shocked on Saturday morning to turn on my Computer and receive the "Unmountable Boot Volume" blue screen.

I have tried everything - chkdsk /r, chkdsk, /p and nothing seems to work. I ran a diagnostic test as my computer passed but I can't figure out how to make it boot up again. I think there may be just one little step I must be missing or is there any other alternative that I can try before I have to reinstall Windows all over again???????? In my gut I don't believe there is anything seriously wrong with my computer - just my poor judgement in not shutting down correctly.

PLEASE, any help that can be offered would be GREATLY appreciated.

A:Unmountable Boot Volume - PLEASE HELP!!!

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hi all, i am sorry if i am reposting but i have a gateway laptop that was working fine but now goes to the win logo and then flashes unmountable boot volume and reboots over and over.
i have tried the following:

recovery cons. via xp cd but it tell me it can not locate my hd.

recovery sys via bios default setting and sys recovery and got the famous irq not less or equal.

I am able to see the drive on another comp via usb. but it caused my comp to hang when i try to access the files.

safe mode stips on agpcpq.sys

comp is a gateway mx6214

thanks for any help

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Drive is bad or going bad. If you know the brand you can go to the manufacturers website and download a diagnostic tool to check the drive. Most will come as an ISO file that you need to burn to CD using a program that can burn an image file.

You can try a program like GetDataBack to see if it's able to recovery anything.

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Not sure if this is right section.

A friend's Packard Bell i-MEDIA PC went blank after his baby son wrenched the USB printer out of the sockets at the front of the tower.

The two USB sockets were touching each other and I assumed a short circuit had occurred during the incident.

As no life was comong from the m/b, and all else checked out, I replaced the m/b with an identical one obtained on the .net.

Everything fires up ok. No beeps! but I get the error message 'Unmountable Boot Volume'.

I checked the HD with Disk Director and it couldn't find any partions. The HD is the orignal.

Have I got a bum HD after all this. It's operational and shows up on the BIOS screen. Or an o/s problem for which I will require the CD which came wth the kit and now cannot be found. (would you believe?)

Packard Bel i-MEDIA PC's are supplied with OEM s/w. Does this give me a recovery problem?

Would it be better to cut the losses and install a new XP Home CD?

Hope it's enough info.

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Hi, I have a prob with my pc. After the xp load screen it just kept autorebooting. I held down F8 upon loading and disabled auto restart. This allowed me to view the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME error. So I went to microsofts support page for the error number I am getting.

It advises to load the fail safe defaults in the BIOS for my particular error number. I did this and no longer see the hard drive in there as an available option for booting. I can select it for a boot priority, but previously I would see "MAXTOR blah", but now I see something about "bootable cards" instead. Needless to say, it attempts to boot off the cd drive and can't. Anyone have any ideas please as to how i can get it back? Do not have the orig install disk but do have a repair disk. thanks.

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The hard drive may have died . . You can run diagnostics on the hard drive


See this for how to make a bootable cd

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I am getting the unmountable boot volume when trying to boot up my dell computer.It tell me to restart in safe mode it shows a blue screen that says there was an error when iogged off.It says to start in safe mode ,but that dont work i tried everything and it comes back to the blue screen that says to start in blue screen and also says Stop 0x000000ed along with some different codes.I wish I knew what these codes were maybe i'd know what is wrong.Also i cant run the windows disk cause my cd rom don't work it's broke.So i copied it from family's comp. onto floppy disk and i can't get it to run on myy computer it just wont go to the recovery,nor can i figure out how to get into bios.Can you please help???Thanks Terri

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Depending how old your Dell computer is, your hard drive might be failing or has already failed. We had two Dells at my work that came up with "unmountable boot volume" error and both times the hard drive had failed. They were purchased in June 2003.

When your Dell begins to boot up, within the first few seconds you have an option to choose F12. By pressing this key it will allow you to choose bootup options. Once on that screen, choose the one that says Utility Partition. You can then run Dell's diagnostic on just the hard drive or the whole computer if you like, it does take longer though. It will tell you if there are any errors with the hard drive.

Good Luck, hope this helps you resolve the issue. Let the forum know if it does.

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Hi. I have been given a dead pc to play with a pc world e-machine 900mhz was running XP..thats all I know'
When switched on it gives a otion to boot into safe mode or normal cos windows couldn't boot up..yet it can't go into safe mode and instead produces a blue screen with the following info:

unmountable boot volume.
disable or remove and newly installed hardware or software. Disable bios memory options such as caching or shadowing.

I don't know even how to get into the bios from this screen.
I have a windows XP disc I could use to intall and I could format the HD if I could GET to it.
Any suggestions?? Seems a shame to just throw it all away when it looks as if it kight be fixable if I knew how!


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If you do a Google search or a search of this fourm you will get many hits for "unmountable boot volume".

To enter BIOS try hitting the <del> key when you see the Emachine logo.

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