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Vista will not boot - Unmountable Boot Volume - Won't Boot from Disk Either

Q: Vista will not boot - Unmountable Boot Volume - Won't Boot from Disk Either

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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A: Vista will not boot - Unmountable Boot Volume - Won't Boot from Disk Either

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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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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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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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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Okkk. So I've searched pretty much everywhere and I can't figure out what to do if my laptop doesn't recognize my hard drive. I put the Vista disk in and the only thing I'm able to use is the command prompt because none of the others work since it doesn't recognize hard disk. When i try to do chkdsk/r it says
''the type of the file system is NTFS.
cannot lock current drive.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.''
Is there any way to get past this?
Or some way to get my computer to recognize the drivers?
thanks in advance.

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My system is 32B XP Pro, with 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200s running in RAID 1 (mirrored).  Windows is regularly updated.
I recently ran a routine Windows Security Essentials scan and it caught and removed Trojan Win32/Urausy.  The  Microsoft info site recommended running Windows Defender Offline for this one, so I tried running it from a USB flash drive, but the program hangs and won't run.  I had trouble burning an iso image to CD and gave up on Defender after some online research suggested that it no longer works with XP, for some reason.
So (sigh), I decided to try running Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 from a flash drive. It loaded up just fine and appeared to recognize all my drives and partitions.  I ran it on the default setting first (which scans the boot sector and hidden startup objects).  It picked up Sinowal and cleaned it.
I ran it again--this time including most of the partitions on both drives in the scan. It picked up KillAV in an old Sunbelt Security Counterspy.msi file and cleaned it.  I haven't used Counterspy in a year or more.
Next, I shutdown the system and removed the flash drive.  When I started it back up, I got the Unmountable Boot Volume blue screen.  Rebooting gave the same result.
I tried to boot into safe mode and Recovery console and still got the blue screen.  Last known good configuration yielded the same.
I ran chkdsk /r from my XP install disc and it ... Read more

A:Unmountable Boot Volume after running Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10

If the D drive is hosed, is there a way to disable the RAID and just boot into the C drive so that I can use it until I get a new PC?
Each hdd contains a complete copy of the data and can be addressed independently, so yes.

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I have the unmountable_boot_volume BSOD when I try to start up my computer. I have read many places that a way of possibly solving this error is by booting up my Vista install DVD and running the Startup Repair tool. However, I am unable to fully boot the DVD itself. It begins to load up (it loads through both a gray bar and a green cycling loading bar), but it never seems to get past a black screen with a white mouse cursor. Rarely does it even get to the main Vista Install screen, and the one or two times the machine made it there, after clicking the "Repair my computer" button, the computer hangs infinitely on a blank screen with a white mouse cursor, in front of the Vista install dvd wallpaper.

Is there a way to ensure the DVD gets to run the Startup Repair tool, or is there perhaps an alternate way of solving this boot volume error?

A:Vista DVD Won't Start/Unmountable Boot Volume

Your hard drive has probably died. Make a boot disc of your Hard Drive manufacturer and run the diagnostic tools.

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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

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

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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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I received a "unmountable boot volume" error on our laptop.
We have a Dell Vostro laptop with Windows XP

When I was trying to fix the boot error, I changed the BIOS Settings to load from CD first.
Then I loaded the Windows XP CD and attempted to run the Recovery, however, I received a message saying "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed..."

What should I do next to try to fix this issue?
We hope the hard drive is not dead because we will have a lost quite a bit of information. I will appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you.

A:Did not find any hard disk drives while trying to fix unmountable boot volume error

The hard drive is the cause of the error. If you can't afford to lose the information, remove the hard drive and put it aside. Install a new drive and re-install the version of Windows you were using... Information on the bad drive might be recoverable by placing it into an external USB enclosure and accessing the files that way

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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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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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Hello,I have a Vaio VGN-FZ485U I purchased 4 years ago and it has received heavy use, notably playing movies/music and WoW. The hdd has been giving me issues recently but each time I was able to access Vaios recovery parition and repair the errors/perform a factory install; this time I cannot. I have Vista 32-bit with SP2 installed, and hadn't installed any new software or drivers recently.Booting normally either a) makes the laptop hang at the load screen before a BSOD about unmountable_boot_volume appears (with automatic restart disabled), or load to a black screen with a white cursor that is moveable. Booting using the safe mode variants and advanced options gives the same result. Attempting to load the Vaio recovery partition only gives the KSOD with the white cursor.I tried booting from the Vista Recovery CD as recommended to fix an unmountable_boot_volume error but I only get as far the KSOD with the white cursor. The CD was burned correctly as I tested it in another computer and it loads properly.Pressing shift or trying to access the task manager during the KSOD doesn't do anything.I checked the BIOS and the hdd is listed as IDE, though there is no option to switch between IDE and SATA anyway.I was able to boot from an Ubuntu LiveCD and access my hard drive following http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/, so wouldn't this mean the hdd is still working if I can still access it?I am ... Read more

A:Vista BSOD Unmountable Boot Volume and KSOD with white cursor

Booting to the Ubuntu live CD does nothing to the hard drive. Sometimes you can still access your files and copy them somewhere else from a hard drive that is going out. It may be that the hard drive is able to be used as a slave, but not capable of booting an operating system.

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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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This screen came up after i deleted Nero through ad/delete and restarted my pc ,and i cannot get it to boot from cdrom despite changing the boot up sequence in BIOS..any ideas please??

A:blue screen at boot up "Unmountable-boot-volume"

This from TeckTips4U

"When booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot Volume". This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up.

You can boot with your the XP CD and when you see the "Welcome to setup" screen press the letter R
You will get a dos-type prompt
Then type chkdsk /p (note the space before /p)and hit Enter
When that is done type fixboot and hit Enter
Y and Enter at the prompt
Then type exit and hit Enter
The system will now reboot into Windows

If for some reason that don't work for you, you can boot to the recovery console like above and...
Type chkdsk /r (note the space before /r) then enter
When done type "exit" and hit enter.
This will take longer, but the system should boot back into Windows."

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when i start up my computer it lights up and acts like its starting up the windows logo shows and then it goes to a blank blue screen and when i tried diags it said unmountable boot volume ??/ help

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I have always had my laptop in hibernate mode, unless; I was installing something or every few days for a reset. I am not much in to downloading, inface; the last item downloaded was an emergency response guide from the Government of Canada's website, so I think it would be clean and I even scanned it. After the restart days later it would boot up to a point just past the splash page for WinXP and then a blue screen flashed and it would restart the boot up process again. Eventually I was able to pause the screen through "F12" I believe. I located a WinXP installation/ boot CD and it is telling me I have to reboot. There are files I require for various things, pay, emergency response pre plans and school work that I am hoping can be recovered first. Is there anything I can do to recover and repair this without losing my items, I have heard of people being able to do it and that would be excellent if this can be done. One of the menu options before the blue screen is to start windows with that last known working settings or something to that effect. Is there anyone who can help?


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Got a unmountable boot volume error.  Ran HD diagnostics.  Passed SMART check but failed Short DST test.  Failure ID: OLXF6K-6MV882-RXJ31A-60WN03.  Is the hard drive toast?  Attempted to go into recovery mode from the menu but it just black screens.  Thanks.

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I made a previous thread on the problem that I will resume on this thread: https://forums.techguy.org/threads/did-i-do-something-wrong.1161268/#post-9171393

But now, my computer doesn't even start Windows 7 at all. I've tried going on Safe Mode by pressing F8, and it blue screens me again, presenting the error: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

I've looked it up, but I couldn't really find any actual solutions to this. I'm suspecting it's a virus, but I don't really recall downloading anything that looked sketchy. I also don't have the disk to boot my computer.

I hope to find a solution to this,


PS: I'm sorry that the image is upside down! I'll edit it ASAP.

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This is what the BSOD tells me when I try to boot up.
I can't boot in safe mode or anything.

I'm taking it to a tech in a little while but I want to know what to expect when I get there.

Is this a lost cause? Or can it be fixed?

I'm on a dell dimension desktop 4550
Windows XP SP1
It's about 2 years old.

Right now I'm at the library, so speedy replys are appreciated.

A:Unmountable Boot Volume?

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We had some terrible storms here yesterday, and I went into the office this morning, tried to boot up, and got this message:
Unmountable Boot Volume
(0X8123E8F8, 0XC0000032, 0X000000000, 0X000000000)

I can't get it to boot in any mode, normal, safe, or safe with prompt.
Running Windows XP Home. I tried using my recovery disk, but it went back to the same error message.

What do I do now??


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recvd error msg "unmountable boot volume"
tried safe mode- no go
tried last known good configuration - no go
tried xphome boot disks. Attempted to repair- msg indicated that I had no hard drives

A:unmountable boot volume

"Unmountable Boot Volume". This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up.

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the Welcome to setup press the letter R
You will get a dos prompt
Then type "chkdsk /p" without the quotes and hit enter
When that is done type "fixboot" and hit enter
"Y" and enter at the prompt
Then type "exit" and hit enter
The system will now reboot into Windows

If for some reason that don't work for you, you can boot to the recovery console like above and...
Type "chkdsk /r" then enter
When done type "exit" and hit enter.
This will take longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.

I have done the above on a number of machines, and it always works.

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Blue screen w/ msg "Unmountable boot volume"
Attempted safe mode -no go
attempted last known good configuration -no go
Used Windows XP boot disks - attempted to repair Error message said I have no hard disks.

A:unmountable boot volume

Does your hard drive show when you start up or is it listed in BIOS?

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When I tried to boot up my computer today, the computer went to the "starting windows" screen, did all the animations and stuff, and right as it was about to go into the login screen the system restarted. I couldn't get it to start up in safe mode, and when I told the system not to restart during an error, I got a blue screen that said "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME". The recovery startup option just does nothing.

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit on an HP dv6 1354us. The hard drive is a ATA Samsung HM500JI. The only way I can use the computer is a backup Linux system (ubuntu 10.04).

Please help! Thanks in advance!

A:Unmountable boot volume?

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...ive+diagnostic)Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=Serv...ties#diagnostic

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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.

A:Unmountable Boot Volume.

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Macguyver, I need your help!


error: unmountable boot volume (I've googled everything already, no luck).


- normal and safe mode boot doesn't work.
- I booted from my Win XP CD, but the CD is possibly corrupted. (the 1st time, it says cpqarray.sys corrupt. 2nd time, it passed it but another file was corrupt).
- I tried my WIN2k cd, and I saw the welcome message. It says there's no hard-drive installed When tried to Repair (or install).
- I tried the DELL diagnostic by pressing F12 (?) and ran a test. The hard-drive has unreadable sectors.
- I shut down.

next day:

- The hard-drive was less noisy and much faster. I tried safe-mode with command prompt, it worked.
- I did chkdsk and it said "read-only mode". It showed me some unreadable sectors.
- I did chkdsk /p and chkdsk /f but it said its using the volume so it will perform chkdsk when I reboot.
- I rebooted to normal mode, but chkdsk won't run. I get a C000031a Hard Error. (I looked it up but nothing helped).
- Booting from my Win XP and win2k CD still doesn't work.

- another dell laptop + cd + usbs. (no burner). with internet access.
- 120gb external usb HD with 5gb free. (MAYBE with a win xp iso backup in there)
- USB mp3 with 400mb.
- a windows 2k cd.
- a (corrupted/scratched) win XP cd
My priorities:

- I have a few text files, password files, and work documents I'd like to BACKUP RIGHT AWAY to a USB if I can. Would it work from safe mode? I'... Read more

A:Unmountable Boot Volume (no XP CD)

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So my computer doesnt go to the desktop it just keeps restarting over and over again. I don't have the XP CD and I don't know anyone who does so I made the 6 bootable floppy disks. I insert them one by one and it takes me to the command prompt so I enter

chkdsk /p and it gives me an error and can't locate the autochk.exe

I make another disk with autochk.exe and insert it and enter

a: chkdsk /p and it works

I am not sure if it is checking the A: drive or the C: drive and when I enter FIXBOOT it gives me the error "FIXBOOT cannot open the partion"

Can someone please help because I am very confused

Thank you!

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I recently gave my uncle an old computer that i had lying around set it up for what he needed (Win XP Pro, Nero 7 Pro, Office XP, etc.) it was working fine until he rebooted it the other day, and got the blue screen of death giving the following error message:
and gave this code :
The motherboard is an asus with the following text being displayed at startup A7S333
I have unplugged all of the drives except for the main hard drive
Can someone please help me, he is very annoying...

A:Unmountable Boot Volume HELP!!

Just search the Microsoft Knowledge base site for that; Unmountable Boot Volume error and get some results; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297185/en-us , and at this site as well here; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315403/en-us , so good luck to fix this.

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Ok here goes, I have xp professional and my computer had alot of random viruses on it. So I decided to format the hard drive just to start a new. When I go to reinstall windows right before the screen you can pick to repair or install windows I get the blue screen of death.

STOP 0x000000ED (0x86746030,0xc0000010,0x00000000,0x0000000) UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

A:unmountable boot volume

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Mod Edit: Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic440764.html/page__st__15 ~ Hamluis.Hello, I have a UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME BSOD problem. I am using TinyXP Rev 9 but being kind of a rookie I have a few questions:Does TinyXP have a repair option?Can I run TinyXP just to boot the computer and not install it?Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, the more details the better!!! Thanks in advance!!

A:Unmountable Boot Volume

TinyXP is an illegal version of Windows.Quote from the forum rules:"No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences." This topic is now closed. If you have any questions regarding the closure, feel free to send me a PM.Louis

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When I turn on my PC, the message "Unmountable Boot Volume" flashes on the screen before it attempts a repair that never finishes. I do not have bootable back up media.  I do have most of my data backed up. If I replace the hard drive, how do I get windows loaded on it?   Can I get windows 10?   There are two hard drive slots.  Can I get two hard drive that I could either mirror or have one as a bootable backup>

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Richard_P_White Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! These problems are generally due to one of two basic problems:1) Failed hard drive2) Corrupted/missing boot loader filesAs to the first, please follow the directions in this link for testing your hard drive: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00439024If that confirms your drive has failed, then you need to replace it.  Please report back if that is the case.As to the second, you will need access to a working PC for this step in order to create the media needed to repair your PC boot loader.Once you have that, please download and create Win10 install media from this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install?ocid=ms_wol_win10Yes ... I know that is for Win10, but it uses the same generation boot loader as Win8x, so it can be used to do boot loader repairs for Win8x as well as for Win10.Boot from the media you created, and follow the directions in this link:  http://www.windowswally.com/how-to-fix-error-code-0xc0000185/You will probably have to run Startup Repair three times for it to fix all the boot loader problems.When done, your PC should boot OK. If it does not, and your hard drive has NOT failed, then to restore your PC, you would need to order HP Recovery Media.  This is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utiliti... Read more

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i have a pc which wont boot up . i get error message " unmountable boot volume stop;0x000000ed
i dont have a windows cd to boot from , is there any other way i can get this pc running. it is a compaq desktop pc
any help would be very much appreciated

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Hi mike.What model compaq is this and did XP come pre-installed?You most likely have a hidden recovery partition from which you can do a non-destructive restore.Before you go there though, check to see if the recovery console is installed first.See the below article, it'll walk you through it.If recovery console is not on the HD itself, post that model number back please.HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Using a Recovery Console to Resolve Startup Issues

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The blue screen has appeares and I have no idea how to fix this thanks ginks

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So, you get a BSD when you boot your computer and the error is Unmountable Boot Volume? What OS and SP are you running by the way? Check to make sure the cables are plugged in, reseat them, but, if this is a recurring BSD, normally your disk is not bootable, and your OS can't read the boot sector. You can look here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555302 to see if it helps.

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Hello All,

I need some help. Recently I updated my Adobe software, when I rebooted, I received the (DEADLY) Blue Screen of Death., UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME.

Using my XP boot disks, I went to the recovery console, chkdsk /r...chkdsk /p, fixboot, fixmbr, and bootcfg. The message I received was there are unrecoverable files and I need to perform chkdsk to repair the files before I can perform bootcfg /scan.

If someone has any ideas, I would certainly appreciate it

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Read carefully please. I'm in a situation a bit unlike other threads that have been on this forum.

This is on my windows xp sp2 dimension 5150.

The computer was working fine last night and it was shut down normally. The next day when I turned it on I got a blue screen error called

What I've tried
MS support site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555302


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.
didn't work

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.
I dont have this disk (keep reading), dont have a floppy drive either

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.
I couldn't boot to safe mode, or to a command line, got bsod each time

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A:Unmountable Boot Volume --> bad HD?

Hello aaasssdddfff, Welcome to TSF. Seems the only route to go for you would be to have an XP CD. Since this is a propietary computer (e.g. name brand such Dell, HP, etc.) you will need the recovery disk which you don't have. Other option would be to buy an OEM version of XP so you can do a clean reinstall.

You are on the right track for all options you have to correct your problem buy you still need XP CD. In the meantime, you could go to the HDD mfgs. website and try their HDD Diagnostic Tool to see if your HDD is on the fritz.

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Hello all,

Currently at my wits end with my Acer Aspire E1-570 so I'm turning to you for help! The problem begin with a plain black screen and only a cursor visible. My girlfriend was using the laptop at the time so I am unsure as to how we got here. I was able to open task manager and attempted to run explorer.exe, this gave an error stating a registry file was missing. I then attempted a system restore which failed and the PC restarted. Upon restart it began Automatic repair and became stuck in an endless loop of automatic repair.

I managed to recover personal files using an Ubuntu bootable HDD so moved on to windows repair via a windows 10 USB (which also encountered errors trying to download and burn the ISO.) I've changed the UEFI secure boot to disabled and re ordered boot sequence. Attempted to reset this pic, start up repair which didn't work.

Next up was clean install, which failed a couple of times with errors "Windows set up could not reinitialize the deployment engine" or "setup cannot continue due to corrupted installation". On the 4th attempt it worked, I ran through all the setup process signing in, express settings etc. Next boot it was incredibly sluggish and wasn't really doing a lot so I restarted. Now I have this error "Unmountable boot disc"

So there are no personal files on the PC any more, any brutal methods of fixing this issue are welcome. And to top off my day the exhaust has snapped off my car today and we ... Read more

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Hmmm... you let your girlfriend use your computer? ... now that's true love...

Jokes aside, perhaps try running chkdsk /f /r on that drive.

.. or a full format of that drive may help. It can be done via Ubuntu:

... BTW did it complain if you delete all partitions and install to the unallocated drive?

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i installed a new software yesterday to my laptop, this morning i have this message, unmountable boot volume, basically the same messages everyone is getting, plus i dont have the cds becasue it is the schools laptop and my tech guys cant find them to can you plz help me i know i talk to the dell support techs and they help me once by pressing some buttons or functions keys and it restored the computer to its old way or previous day, i just want that i an will unistall the program, so plz help

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If the computer is a Dell model, try tapping the F8 function key during boot up. This may call up Dell's "Advanced Recovery Options" utility. That should give you the option to restore the computer to like new conditions, wiping out all of your documents and other files as well as any software installed to the computer after it left the factory.

FWiW, your post is extremely difficult to read without any real sentence structure.

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Hello Whizzes
my xp professional is having a bad day.
wasnt using it but it was on with mouse without borders for my windows 8 laptop which i was using
went to use the windows xp laptop and the mouse wasnt working ,so turned power button off.
when i went to turn on laptop it came up
windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the originasl setup cd-ron (i dont have)

so tried f8 and safe mode with command prompt and all the other options also

windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the originasl setup cd-ron (i dont have)

what are my options.
i saw this on trademe http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/software/other/auction-818316017.htm
would this help?
Its important i get some of my files back for work

how do i tell if hard drive has failed,would it tell me?

any help appreciated
have a great day

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1. welcome to Tech Support Guy
2. Re the link and the repair disk - I cannot say if it would help but it is unnecessary to try at this time
3. GO here on another computer of course and make yourself the Windows XP Recovery Console disc
Please download ARCDC from http://www.artellos.com/ccount/click.php?id=5

Double click ARCDC.exe
Follow the dialog until you see 6 options. Please pick: Windows Professional SP2 & SP3
You will be prompted with a Terms of Use by Microsoft, please accept.
You will see a few dos screens flash by, this is normal.
Next you will be able to choose to add extra files. Select the Default Files.
The last window will allow you to burn the disk using BurnCDCC
Your ISO is located on your desktop.
It is an ISO, so must be made using either the inbuilt ISO burner or a simple straightforward free one such as Burn CDCC
Here is the download for that
When you have that made either using a one time boot key - it normally says on the post screen for boot menu press?
OR from post screen entering setup BIOS make CD first boot device
See if the computer will now boot from the Recovery Console - when you are asked for a password this refers to the System admin account password and not your usual USER account - often it is not set, so you simply leave it blank
If it does and after selecting the installation to repair
at the cmd prompt
chkdsk /p
P is a special chkdsk cmd used only in the RC an... Read more

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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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Can someone please tell me if I can use a Windows XP Professional disk to repair a Windows XP Home Edition unmountable boot volume? My sister-in-law's Dell Dimension 8400 is getting that error when she starts the PC. She can't locate the disks that came with the PC and I only have an XP Pro disk.
I repaired my laptop using recovery console about a year ago but that is XP Pro also.

Thanks for any help and advice anyone can offer.


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Yes. I got a computer to repair. This is the problem 'Unmountable Boot Volume'. Unfortunatelly any chckdsk from bootable Windows not working. I mean stoped at 46% few hours. I also tryed connect to another computer and run some tools, but same result. I'am allowed to open all data on disk, but can't recover system. What I can do?

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my name is John.

Just yesterday, i was using my Dell XPS 400 series desktop and i was just browsing the internet normally. I shut down my computer, normally, and when i came back after dinner, i booted my compy and i got the BSOD saying "Unmountable_Boot_Volume" along with a Stop error along the lines of 0x468238c (0x00000000, 0x0000000, 0x00000) or something like that. I've searched the forums and have found multiple topics on this, but i'm not quite sure exactly how to proceed with this error.
One thing that may be important, I really really need the files that are on my computer, so if there are two different ways to solve this, and one of them keeps the files, I need that one.

I am kind of techno-impaired as my sons call it, and i may need a walkthrough for this.

I am 99% sure i have the XP Media Center disk.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,


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It could be a corrupt boot.ini file or a bad hard drive. If you have the original Windows disk you can follow repair instructions here:http://www.juicytools.com/Mark

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Mod Edit:  Split from  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/454775/computer-wont-boot-up-not-even-in-safe-mode/ - Hamluis.

Please do the following:
Get a look at the error message presented by the BSOD (blue screen of death) ....
Start tapping the F8 key after you press the ON button, and continue tapping until you are presented with the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" screen.
Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to select "Disable automatic restart on system failure" and press the <ENTER> key.
Your system will attempt to restart normally, but when it crashes, it will not re-start: Instead, you will see a BSOD with error message.
Record the error message details (contained in the areas outlined in red, in the above example image), and post in your reply.

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My error message was unmountable boot volume
Stop 0x000000ed (0xfffffa8006eca940, 0xffffffffc00""b5, 0x0000000000000000,0x00000000000000000)
How can i fix this as won't let me start in safe mode either?

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I know there are a lot of topics online about this issue and I have been searching for 2 days and have been trying different things.
The deal is a friend gave me a computer, everex explora ga28. I have the 80 gig he gave which still has an OS on it. It starts the computer and runs fine. I purchased a 320 gig western digital. I have an 80 pin cable that works fine with the western digital 80gb that was orgionally in it. My problem is I am using a bootable xp cd and I get to the part of the install right before it ask to accept the EULA but before it gets there I get the unmountable boot volume. I have set that drive as the slave, and the 80 gig as the main and it sees the formatted 298 gigs in xp. I dont want to just transfer the stuff on his HD to this new one.
Here are the specs of the computer, this is with just the 80gb installed.

Class Vendor Product Code
System Microsoft Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor
DiskDrive WDC WD800BB-22JHC0
Media Microsoft Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
Modem Smart Link (www.smlink.com) 56Kbps Internal Modem
hdc VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
USB VIA Technologies VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
USB VIA Technologies VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
USB VIA Technologies VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
USB VIA Technologies VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
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A:unmountable boot volume

if it is slaved to a wd drive then you have to reconfigure the jumper on the master,wd use a different jumper setting to other companies
single master =jumper removed
master with slave=jumper in that position
slave=jumper in that position

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I decided to remove some dust from my desktop by removing the heatsink or CPU fan. Well, after I installed it back and restarted my windows XP, my computer can pass the splash XP screen and just when it hits windows, my computer auto restarts and a blue screen appears saying that NTFS.sys (If i remembered correctly) is causing a problem to my computer, and to prevent further damage, my computer has auto shut itself down.

When i try to restart my comp, it won't get pass the windows xp splash screen, it just jumps into the blue error screen again.

This is what the error screen says:



If this is the first time this has happened to you, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make suer any hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problem continues, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software.

Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.

A:Unmountable Boot Volume?

You can actually consider yourself lucky, STOP error 0x00 aka UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME is the easiest BSoD to fix.

Resart your machine get into the BIOS, make your CD-ROM your first boot device, restart, boot from the XP installer disk, Press "R"- this will take you to the recovery console.

in the recovery console type

chkdsk /p

when this finishes type


it will say that this is very dangerous blah, blah.. say Yes.

reboot without the XP CD, this time windows should load.

If it doesnt work, perform thje same operations but this time just use
chkdsk /r
you probably wont need to do a fixboot this time- but chkdsk /r takes more time.

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