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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to fix the ďUnmountable Boot VolumeĒ error.

I have a Gateway Laptop Model MX 6121 thatís quite a few years old (Iím not sure exactly but itís definitely more than 7 years old).
Recently I have encountered the error screen ďUnmountable Boot VolumeĒ that prevents me from booting my computer.
Iíve read numerous solutions and the closest Iíve come to solving the problem involved downloading a Windows XP ISO and creating a boot disk. I boot from the disk and once the program has finished loading I get a screen that says this:

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.
To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press enter.
To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
To delete the selected partition, press D.

38155 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
C: Partition1 [Unknown] 38146 MB <38146 MB free>
Unpartitioned Space 8 MB

I choose ďC:Ē and I hit enter. Then I get to a screen that says this:

An error occurred while Setup was updating partition information on:
38155 MB Disk 0 Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR].
Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.

There are no other options so I press F3 and I get to one final screen:

Windows XP has not been installed on this computer. If there is a floppy disk in drive A:, remove it. To restart your computer press enter.

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A:Unmountable Boot Volume

try the following if you have an xp disk

1. Insert your XP installation disc into disc drive and boot up your computer.
2. When you see a welcome screen, hit the R key on your keyboard. This will enter you into recovery mode with a DOS prompt.
3. Now type chkdsk /p and hit Enter. This will launch a utility which will check for errors on your hard drive.
4. After the process is done, type fixboot and hit Enter to repair any damaged boot files which may have become corrupted. When asked to say yes or no, type the Y key on your keyboard.
5. Type exit and press the Enter key to reboot your computer.

if that does not work, there are other suggestions in the post you made at cnet forums.

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I have the unmountable boot volume problem, so i tried the various recovery console commands, chkdsk /r, fixboot, etc. None of these worked. In fact, after chkdsk, it gives me the message that says it detected one or more 'unrecoverable problems,' which doesn't sound good. Any help?

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hello Beefheart, welcome to the forums !!!
ok, what you need to do is put a boot on and kick your computer...LOL j/k...
[edit] sorry, long day at work, typed up bunch a nonsense...this probably comes up when you boot up...you said you did run console recovery...did you build this pc yourself or did you buy it ?
this might be hardware problem also... wrong type of IDE cable and also sometimes when you have firewire type external storage, this error pops up...

I think this is usually caused by faulted boot.ini file...
if possible can you please list your system specs ? thank you

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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

A:unmountable boot volume

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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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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pc will not boot up ,comes up with UNMOUNTABLE-BOOT-VOLUME.I tried to run in safe mode but it will not have it
i tried to use system restore (f10) but it will not have it
it restores the system and then goes back to UNMOUNTABLE BOOT DISC.I contacted my sellers helpline and his answer was to format and then put xp back on then download something of the microsoft website because this is a known xp error.what is it i need and is there no other way that doesnt involve format.


Hi There!

You can save your system by performing the following:

1. Start the computer with the Windows XP CD in the CD/DVD drive, and then when prompted press any key to boot from CD.

2. On the Welcome to setup screen, press the R key on your keyboard to repair the Windows XP installation using Recovery Console.

3. On the next screen, press the number of the Windows installation for which you know the administrator password.

4. After selecting the appropriate Windows installation, type the administrator password when prompted.

5. Once at the recovery console prompt type "CHKDSK /R" (without quotes) and let it run.

If /r doesn't work, try it with /p
ALSO...Once Windows is back up and running, make sure that you run WINDOWS UPDATE and download the critical updates and Service pack A.S.A.P.!!!

Good Luck!


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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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This problem all started when my monitor went out and I decided to use a 15 year old one that we had. The computer started up on this monitor but the screen was all fuzzy and messed up. I thought I might be able to fix it by changing some of the settings in safe mode but after I got into safe mode once the computer started going to the blue ?Unmountable boot volume? screen.
I changed it over to a new monitor and this is what it does now:

First, I turn on my computer and I get a screen that says:

?Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.? Then it gives you the options of starting it in safe mode, safe-mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known configuration and start windows normally.

All end up showing the Unmountable Boot Volume screen. This is what the Tech. information says:
*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0X80EEF890, 0Xc0000032, 0X00000000, 0x00000000)

So then I got information to try and boot it from my restore CD. When I do that the computer starts with 2 options Restore Windows or Boot to Command Prompt from CD-Rom. I have not picked the restore option yet because I do not want to lose all of my files. When I select the boot from command prompt option this is what I get:

System Information is Being Verified


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Windows won't boot up and a test said hard drive 1 failed also system Q failed

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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

A:Unmountable boot volume

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 have a dell Dimension 3100...and I was using my computer when i accidentaly spilled water on my power supply....so i immediately turned it off without turning my computer off. So when I boot it up again...i get BSOD - Unmountable Boot Volume.

I know that you can fix this with the WinXP CD using CHKDSK....but I dont have the disk...any ideas?

A:Unmountable Boot Volume

Here is an idea to try to repair your computer. It requires 2 things, 1) your original XP disk, and 2) your computer needs to be set up to boot from the CD drive before the hard drive. If you have problems with either one of those two let us know. Here is the repair:Put your original XP cd into the cd drive start the computer.
If you see "Press any key to boot from the cd...." by all means press a key as we want to boot from the cd!
After loading some things the process will stop and you will be presented the opportunity to press the R key to start up the Repair Console.
Eventually you will get a DOS prompt. When you do, type chkdsk /p and press Enter. (Note that there is a space between the k and the /.)
When that completes you will be given the DOS prompt again. This time type fixboot and press Enter. (it may also be necessary to press Y and Enter if prompted).
When this process is complete, type Exit and press Enter.
As your computer is starting up, remove the cd from the cd drive and allow it to start up from the hard drive like normal. Hopefully all will be well.

I dont have the disk...any ideas?

Borrow one from your neighbor. Pretty much any XP disk will work.

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I have a pretty new Dell vostro laptop, with win 7, 64bit (home edition i think).
I'm on a trip, and i don't have the recovery disk.
i get the BSOD with the "unmountable boot volume" msg.
i googled it and found a lot of things i could do, most of them recommanded using the disk, which i don't have.
one of them said to press F8 and choose the repair your computer options, which i did and then a desktop looking window appeared with nothing on it, and then after about 25 mins a window poped asking which langues i want, i chose english (US) and then after another 10 mins this window showed, i chose command prompt, and started typing some of the stuff that people suggested:
chkdsk c: (with /p /r /f, alltogether and most of the possible combination)
the main thing i noticed is that nothing seemed to be wrong, with 0kb of bad sectors or something like that.
then i tried:
bootrec /ScanOS, it finshed the scan saying that, amount of windows something something was: 0
which i guess isn't good, then i did this:
bootrec /fixboot, it said very quickly somthing like: Done
and then i wrote this:
bootrec /fixmbr, and also very quickly wrote something like Done.
and then i wrote exit and restarted, and the same problem accured, as if i havn't done anything..
Thanks a lot in advance,

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Hi Tomerico,
My name is Krishna and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell. More often the STOP: 0x000000ED BSOD means a hard drive failure . Try running the hardware diagnostics and see if it shows any errors. You can follow the instructions from http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=514508

Dell-Kris K

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Hi there,

A few days back, I attempted to boot up my computer, and rather than seeing the usual Vista welcome screen, I had a choice of starting Windows normally or running a repair. I turned off automatic restart upon error, as I suspected the BSOD. I ran windows normally, and as I thought I got the BSOD, with the error...


This is also accompanied by a ticking sound coming from my hard drive (Which I know is not good)

The first thing I did was to try to run the computer in all versions of safe mode, and this does not work. I then tried to run the computer with the last known good configuration, and again this does not work.

I headed to Google, and read about using the "chkdsk /r" command in the command prompt having booted with a CD (This advice was for a Windows XP operating system). I don't have the original Vista discs, so I downloaded a recovery disk .ISO and burned it to a DVD. I managed to boot from this disc, and get to the recovery console.

My first problem was that the computer couldn't find my operating system, and prompted me to "Load Drivers". I ignored this, and then got onto the screen that shows the various recovery options, such as boot repair. I attempted boot repair, and this did nothing. I then used the "chkdsk /r c:" command. The process took a while, and it found some errors in the first stage. It identified some sections that "could not be read"

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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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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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So in my opinion it is over, bit i thought maybe there is still a chance so yesterday my pc crashed so i restarted and now everytime i start normally it restarts after splash screen and if i do fix after splash screen i get my mouse moving but nothing else then i noticed that i get an error called "unmountable_boot_volume" i searched for fixes and i found that i need windows install disk for the command prompt i got the disk ant the only way i can open the command prompt is "shift+F10" in the command prompt when i enter "chkdsk /R :C" i basically get that the disk no longer exists when prior this morning it worked fine except for an error that i cant remember i also cant acess "Diskpart" commands i just get the version and such and at the end i get blank space and i cant do anything. Also i tried to reinstall windows when i lost all hope so i started setup and left it over the night and when i got up to check i just said "setup is starting" so i feel like nothing happened. Would appreciate help because i really dont have the money to fix it or buy a new one. P.s. i am posting from my smartphone but i can get acess to another pc if needed.

A:help, unmountable boot volume, cant fix.

Welcome to Seven Forums.

You had already tried to reinstall Windows. So we will skip all methods to repair the "unmountable boot volume" which are no longer relevant.

Now try to "Custom install " Windows that will enable you to clean the drive as outlined in this article. How to Wipe a Hard Drive Clean & Reinstall Windows | Chron.com

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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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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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I'm running a dual boot system (currently running Linux Ubuntu 8.04/Windows XP Pro SP2) here, and I've created myself a little problem. :x

I went to uninstall Ubuntu, and deleted the partition for it first (It was late, I have no idea what I was thinking) which of course resulted in a GRUB loader fail. After much hassle, I reinstalled Ubuntu 7.10 and reupgraded to 8.04, and that's the only system I can run right now. My Windows 2000/NT/XP loader on the OS select screen boots fine until I get to the loader. It gives me the screen for a split second, then gives me a blue screen saying "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME". I've tried messing with the partition tables using Testdisk from CGsecurity. I can't seem to figure it out though.

If anyone could help, it'd be greatly appreciated. Any more information needed can be supplied.

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Nobody can help here?

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Left my computer a few days ago to go grab dinner and when I returned I had the dreaded blue screen of death - unmountable boot volume. At first I thought I somehow contracted another virus but after some research it appears as though my hard drive has failed or is failing I do keep my files backed up on a USB but as usual, life gets in the way and I havent dont it in a while.

I tried running the recovery console both from the already built-in one (didnt work) and from the Windows Installation cd. After booting the computer from the cd I was able to get into the recovery console but once I hit 'R' for recovery and it begins it gets hung up.

I ran diagnostics on it and received the following message:
Drive 0: WDC WD800JD-75MSA3 - Fail Return code 4.

At this point I've started to count my losses and just hope I can recover some of my files. Any help would be appreciated.

*Computer is a Dell XPS 200 going on 7 years old.

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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.

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

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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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What the hell does this mean, every apparent Disk Dr that seems to be going, ends up the same way. It also says 2 or more unrecoverable errors. It is Dell 5150 thats causing the problems.

any help would be great


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Your hard drive is bad... It will have to be replaced. How will you do this? Take the computer to a friend or to a repair shop?

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hi...toshiba laptop XP home sp2....seemed warm underneath lately, and so we were carefully to allow enough air circulation to keep it cool. Last night however, I think it overheated....now a startup loop that includes brief windows xp startup page, quick flash of a blue screen ( too quick to read), and then to the black/white error page. None of the black and white options worked, but i was able to get into safe mode via restart and tapping F8 and so made the adjustment to stop the restart cycle and so now I see the blue screen, which says unmountable boot drive

now what? is that a pretty typical symptom of overheating?

what can we do to minimize damage?

what exactly is damaged?

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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
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Here we go. It all started yesterday I started noticing that when I would search for something on bing and click on any of the search results that it would redirect me to some Bulls&^* page. So I immediately thought adware or spyware or something. I downloaded spybot search and destroy and ran it. It made me restart my computer and when I did I got a notice that windows automatic update was turned off. So I turned it back on and it downloaded new updates and when I started installing them there were FORTY new updates. Anyways I let them install and had to restart again and when I did... Boom.. BSOD Unmountable Boot Volume. I've ran chkdsk /r and fixboot and all that jazz to no avail. I really can't see my harddrive being dead from all this but anyways.. any ideas? I'm not positive on the size of the drive but I think it's 250G. It is a Dell Ispiron 530S running XP Professional. and I MIGHT have used 40 gigs worth of the drive. Any ideas would be much appreciated! sorry so long, just wanted to get it all out there. Also sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum... i'm new.

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What happens if you boot today?


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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.

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My friends computer, Dell Dimension 3100 is now showing in the BSOD 'unmountable boot volume'. He has spoken with Dell, who say he needs to return the machine and have a new HDD fitted, which at this moment he cannot afford.
Are Dell right to say it needs a new HDD or can it be fixed using chkdsk etc. in DOS.
If he bought a new HDD (what would you recommend), would he also have to buy a new windows XP disk or can he use the disks that came with the computer.
Many thanks in anticipation of a helpful answer

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Originally Posted by moorabin

My friends computer, Dell Dimension 3100 is now showing in the BSOD 'unmountable boot volume'. He has spoken with Dell, who say he needs to return the machine and have a new HDD fitted, which at this moment he cannot afford.
Are Dell right to say it needs a new HDD or can it be fixed using chkdsk etc. in DOS.
If he bought a new HDD (what would you recommend), would he also have to buy a new windows XP disk or can he use the disks that came with the computer.
Many thanks in anticipation of a helpful answer

If he can get hold of a windows xp disc, rather than a restore disk, boot from the cd (you may have to enter the bios to change the boot order) once everything has loaded enter the recovery console by pressing R. You will then be asked which windows installation to repair, usually "1" and an administrator password, hit return and you should get C:/.

Type chkdsk /r note the space after the k. This will then check your windows partition and repair any errors and in most cases will solve your problem. It could take an hour or so!

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My son tried to boot up the other day and got the message Sorry windows can't start" unmountable boot volume". I went to Microsoft's web site and followed the directions on running chkdsk and got it to boot. I ran Spybot and Adaware and defragged the drive and rebooted with no problem. Today he got the same message and same problem. I thought the the hard drive might be going bad but it is not making any unusual noise. Any advice or suggestions?

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Hi there,

Recently started having problems with my spare Desktop PC, it would randomly reboot itself. Then yesterday it started giving me a blue screen right after the Windows logo. Tried to boot into safe mode, and it would reboot again. So stopped it from reset and checked the blue screen where i was given the Unmountable boot volume error. I did some searching around and found a few options to repair this. They all seemed to point to using the XP CD.

So placing the Windows XP CD in to use the recovery console, i came across another problem. Every time it loads the files and comes up to the page giving you the 3 choices. Install, Repair or quit. The machine crashes, or reboots. Its got me completely stumped and would really appreciate any advice.

Thanks for taking the time to have a wee read and for any advice given.


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After turning on my pc I see a blue window saying something like "your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart" followed by QR code and text "stop code: Unmountable boot device". When pc restarts automatically, it runs the "automatic repair mode" but nothing happens. Pc stays on, but doesn't show anything on the screen.

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Hi @Giceviciusmarty, good morning !Welcome to HP Forum ! Please, verify this document about this error "Unmountable boot device", and realize all steps for resolve this failure: HP Notebook PCs - "Unmountable_Boot_Volume" Blue Screen Error Occurs During Startup or Boothttp://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00035720 and HP Notebook PCs - Overview of Recovering or Reinstalling the Operating System (Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP)http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00006110 I hope that helps !Can I ask you a favor ?If the question is clarified, mark my answer as "resolved" and click on the icon of the "hand" to provide "congratulations" in recognition.Have a nice week !Iīm a volunteer in the HP Forum !

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i was over 1 of my clients houses today and weird thing would happen. It wouldnt boot up at all. It shows a blue screen stating "Unmountable boot volume". So at that point i kinda figured it was the hard drive and windows need to run a repair. Well at that point i didnt have any repair discs dont know where to find any at and the person didnt have the original xp disc cause i think it came preinstalled on the computer. So i went ahead and used Spotmau Powersuite Disc 2000 and tried to recovery like that by recoving the main operating system files. Everything went fine and ran like it wanted to do something and i think the system burped and it finally went and loaded up to the windows xp logo. I ran chkdsk and it found errors in the file system and deleted some entries that i cant even remember. But i when i got to 1 point it stated "File Record Segment 20588 is unreadable". So i kept pushing the system to run chkdsk and it went through. So all im asking is it the hard drive failing or File system was just corrupted???...

Ps i ran virus/spyware scans when i loaded the operating system up at the desk to Malware Anti-bytes found 394 effected objects. Was that the problem also do you think??

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More then likely it was Malware. Hopefully MBAM got it all. There were also some bad clusters on the HDD that Check Disk found and moved the data off of to a different place on the HDD. To be really sure, download the ISO image for Drive Fitness in my signature, burn the Image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Quick and the Advanced tests on the HDD. If it comes up clean, you should be good to go. Make sure the customer has a backup as the HDD may fail at any time.

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Hi, I've had my laptop for just over two weeks. I've kept very good care of it, and have been tinkering around and making it look cool for the last couple days. Well, last night, I was just on MSN Messenger and on Facebook and my computer froze for a couple of minutes, so I turned it off. I'm not sure if there were updates going on or not. Would this potentially be the cause of my troubles?

So, when I went to restart it, the menu came out as expected. Gave me a few options of how to start Windows, I picked "Start Windows normally," as I always would. However, the screen with the glowing sign saying "Starting Windows" was going slower than usual. On average, it only takes around all of 10 seconds to get passed that part. Instead, it was sticking there for 45-50 seconds, and a BSoD came up. It only stays on there for not even a second. I've done this multiple times and am positive it says "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME."

Safe mode gets me to "classpnp.sys" while loading and gives me the same blue screen. Startup repair also is not working. It will go to the bare, take little to no time, and just sit on a black screen with only your cursor on the screen. It stayed like that all night with no progression. I don't have any sort of installation disk or recovery disk, it did not come with it for some reason, which really frustrates me. If you can help me find the solution to my problem, I'd be ecstatic, and if you need any more detail that doesn't... Read more

A:Unmountable Boot Volume?

See method 2 in this tutorial System Recovery Options

-Open Command prompt
-Type this

"chkdsk /f /r" (Spaces after k before / and after f before /)


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