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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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 am having the same issue, cannot find my windows disk (i know i have it but i am in the middle of moving :0 ) i followed your instructions to burn rc.iso to a cd, and booted from the cd, but it ultimately goes to a Blue Screen that will not boot.
I have Windows XP Media Center
can you help me?

A:Unmountable Boot Volume

Are you sure, you booted from the CD?
How far did it go?

Your error usually means some hard drive issue....

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So, my power goes out and I get the Unmountable Boot Volume error, I google it on the other computer in the house and find out how to fix it.

The problem is my computer doesn't have a floppy disk drive and I'm not sure where to get it, if I can at all, on a CD. (I'm talking about the boot drives or whatever they are called to go through the repair procedure to fix my computer).

I don't own any Windows XP Installation discs, my friend has one but it is for a Dell (not sure if it would work for my HP, I heard it would considering I wouldn't actually be installing Windows XP, or maybe it would I don't know)

I have an HP Windows XP Recovery Disk but that hasn't worked (freezes at a certain point, and it's a new unscratched disc so that isn't it) and there aren't any other options outside of the actual recovery.

I've also read that I need to install all my drivers for my HP and burn them to a CD because everything will be removed from the computer, which I can do on this computer but I'm not exactly sure how. (I don't even know if I actually have to do this?)

I've been researching this problem for over a month now, and have had people attempt to help me but nothing has worked. I'm just wondering if anyone on these forums could help me figure out my problem.

A:Unmountable Boot Volume

First thing, download and install the Diagnostic Utilities from the Hard Drive manufacturer, and burn them to disk.

Then boot your dead computer to this disk, and use the utilities to either verify the HD as being good or bad, or fix the drive if it's bad. This will also verify that your Optical drive is reading disks correctly.

The fact that your HP Recovery Disk freezes is very odd. Try that again after the procedure above. Each system is different, but it is likely that you will lose all your data if you do a reinstall using the HP disk.

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Hi, Unfortunately, Kazakh and Russian representatives of HP are unable or unwilling to solve my issue. They simply want to replace HDD with destroying my data. I am not guilty of HDD malfunctioning, didn't format it or damaged in any way. Just factory's problems, not mine. Screenshot is attached. Please, help me to extract my data. It is not my fault. 

A:Unmountable boot volume

Hi,You can try booting from LiveCD that must be created from another computer and then copy the files you need to another external drive from therehttps://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDNevertheless that error code indicates hard drive failed and has to be replaced with a new one of similar form factor. Electronics can go bad anytime, it's not your fault.If you're within warranty, HP would replace it free of cost.RegardsVisruth

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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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I'm trying to get my daughters laptop (Dell Inspiron 1200) running again. It was running fine and then she suddenly got this message Stop 0x00000024 (0x81D3F030, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000) and the dreaded blue screen.

I've tried booting from the Dell operating system CD but to no avail.

First I got this message: File/i386/ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded. The error code is 7.

Then on my second attempt: File pci.sys caused an unexpected error (18) at line 5964 in d:/xpsprtm/base/boot/setup.c

I've also read through the sticky topic on the main page about STOP error messages but I can't seem to get past the blue screen to do anything that is advised.

Can anyone offer some help?

A:Unmountable Boot Volume - Help please!

Boot to safe mode immediately after power on by repeatedly pressing the F8 key.

From safe mode, navigate:

My Computer>Properties>Advanced>Startup & Recover>Settings and untick "Automatically Restart".

Make sure the Dell disk you have is bootable. There are different kinds of "Dell disks", not all of them are bootable. Some have drivers, some have add-on software.

Find another bootable CD and make sure the problem is with the disk and not with the laptop.

If another disk won't boot, enter the BIOS (F2, usually) on boot, and make certain the Boot Order is set so that the Cd/Dvd drive is first, before the Hard Drive.

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I am having a problem loading windows xp home edition. When I try to load windows system takes me to a DOS screen that says the system was intruped. Please choose one of the listed. Every choice takes you to a reload of windows xp and back to the same problem Unmountable Boot Volume. I downloaded a boot disk but the system does not let it boot.

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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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I have an unmountable boot volume error. I have not installed anything new, hardware or software. I was running a DVD in meadia player, when it hung up. It would not do an "end program" and so I turned off the computer and got the error on the next attempted boot.

It could not complete a chkdsk /r; said there were unrecoverable errors.

My primary interest is in being able to recover data.

If I try fixmbr will data be lost?


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I have a hard drive that was giving me an unmountable boot volume and i was going to slave it with my other comuter using a USB adapter. But when I did that the drive would not show up under "My Computer" but it would be in "Device Manager" and when I try to get into it under Disk Mangement it freezes up. Is there any software or utilities out there that would allow me to access it since windows is not able to.

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I'm new and a little desperate. I used tdsskiller.exe to disinfect my computer of malware, but the following day, I started having problems with my systems and when I tried to reboot it, it gave me a blue screen with unmountable boot volume error. Can anyone tell me what to do about this problem. or should I just get a new harddrive. I would really appreciate the help.

A:Help!! Unmountable Boot Volume

I have requested that an expert Malware Removal Team member take a look at this issue. They will reply to this thread.

Please sit tight.

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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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My Sony Vaio got this error and it won't start in any version of safe mode or normally the only thing that's working is when I put in the Windows Vista disk. It doesn't recognize the hard drive so when I go to the command prompt it says x:\sources> . so i typed in chkdsk and it says the type of the file system is NTFS. Warning F parameter not specified. Running Chkdsk in read-only mode.
Then there's a whole ton of info that comes up though I'm not sure if it's even relevant, since it doesn't recognize the hard drive.
I don't know what to try next, so i appreciate any suggestions.
Thank you so much.

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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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When I try to turn on my Dell laptop, I get the blue screen of death with the following message


STOP: 0x000000ED (0X823AC628, 0XC0000006, 0X00000000, 0X00000000

I have tried everything to change the way it boots and still I get the same message. My laptop has no cd rom so how do try to fix this mess????


Do you have the XP Recovery Console installed?Do you have your Dell Diagnostics CD?Unmountable Boot VolumeThe normal way of attempting to overcome this...is to run the chkdsk /r command from the XP Recovery Console (if the system won't boot).Louis

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hi guys. I am using Acer Aspire 4740G and recently i cant boot my computer because of the blue screen error. Firstly when i started my laptop, it showed two options. One is to Launch startup repair and another to start windows normally. I had selected the first option but it would just give me a blank screen. I tried getting into safe mode but the computer just restarts. Okay so acer did provided me three recovery disc. I inserted the first one and it loaded. Until to a point when a browser appears and a message indicating "please wait a moment". Yeah right and that moment was two hours and the message remained. By the way that programmme is called acer e recovery management. I think my last option is to reformat my com. But i just cant access the erecovery to restore to factory settings. Any help or other way to reformat it?

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Manual how to use here:

Have you tried pressing <Alt+F10> at boot up, to goto the Acer eRecovery Management.

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I found a bad sector on my HDD while attempting to extract a zip file. I attempted to repair it using chkdsk /r. The chkdsk never finished or would restart overnight. After a few attempts I was unable to boot windows and received the unmountable boot volume BSOD. Windows RE hangs and continually searches for errors. When I am able to load it to choose cmd prompt, I have tried chkdsk and bootrec commands with little success. I purchased a new SSD and installed windows. It recognizes that I have a HDD, but not any information on the drive. I cannot run error checking from right click properties. windows cannot access the disk. I am running chkdsk on cmd prompt and hope it finishes. Help?

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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk f: /r
The type of the file system is NTFS.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
1 percent complete. (45978 of 394496 file records processed)
Deleted corrupt attribute list entry
with type code 128 in file 58791.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, $J)
from file record segment 184548.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, $J)
from file record segment 225265.
394496 file records processed.
File verification completed.
31524 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
0 EA records processed.
63 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
473584 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.
0 unindexed files recovered.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
394496 file SDs/SIDs processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
39545 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
Creating Usn Journal $J data stream
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
17 percent complete. (69302 of 394480 files processed)
Windows replaced bad clusters in file 69319
of name \pagefile.sys.
18 percent complete. (176290 of 394480 files processed)
Windows replaced bad clusters in file 176412
of name \Users\Brian\DOWNLO~1\temp\ANI_BL~1.MP4.
18 percent complete. (176906 of 394480 ... Read more

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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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I'm helping a friend out with his laptop and he's getting the Unmountable Boot Volume blue screen error. We tried running the windows bootable cd to repair with no success.

The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite p755-s5320

Is there anything else we can do to fix this? Thanks in advance.

A:Unmountable Boot VolumeĒ

Have you tried running chkdsk -r from system repair.

Could be a sign of the hard drive dying, download the diagnostics software from the hard drive Mfg's website, burn to CD and boot from CD on the Toshiba.

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hi guys. I am using Acer Aspire 4740G and recently i cant boot my computer because of the blue screen error. Firstly when i started my laptop, it showed two options. One is to Launch startup repair and another to start windows normally. I had selected the first option but it would just give me a blank screen. I tried getting into safe mode but the computer just restarts. Okay so acer did provided me three recovery disc. I inserted the first one and it loaded. Until to a point when a browser appears and a message indicating "please wait a moment". Yeah right and that moment was two hours and the message remained. By the way that programmme is called acer e recovery management. I think my last option is to reformat my com. But i just cant access the erecovery to restore to factory settings. Any help or other way to reformat it?

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Check your HD.
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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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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I just recently turned on my computer and got the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME error.

0x000000ED (0xaaaaaaaaa, 0xC0000015, 0xccccccccc, 0xddddddddd)

I ran XP recovery it tells me after runing chkdsk /r that the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable errors.

I've also tried FIXBOOT to no avail.
I get a Boot sector cannot be fixed error.

It is a Toshiba Satellite laptop running WinXP Media Center (comes only w/ a Restore CD - no original WinXP MC discs). I hope I do not have to reinstalls windows before I get a chance to back things up.

Any help would be great as I am getting a little concerned here.....and it's just my luck that this is my BACKUP laptop. I had to send in my other laptop to the depot for hdd repairs :(

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as this is the second laptop that I've managed to screw up :( :)

Thanks in advance!

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Hi Torrentluvr,

A quick search of your error message turned up THIS.

Hope this helps.

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Computer: Toshiba SATELLITE u405s2820 (not sure on the numbers)
Windows 7 ultimate..anything else just ask

I was using google chrome like normally just logging into my email then it rebooted for updates and then i powered it off once it was done because it was time to sleep. the next morning i powered it on to do something before work and the blue screen of death came on and said UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME and had some stop codes with a lot of 0's like 0000000xde or something.
Here are some things I've tried so far:
Rebooting normally.
Rebooting with repair.
Rebooting with safe mode with networking.
F8 for all the advanced startup like last good known configuration thing
Rebooting from cd/dvd with two different windows installations cds to do a clean format OR do windows repair

ANYTIME I DO ANY OF THE ABOVE...it just either boots up a black screen, or gives me the blue screen or does windows loading files and then gives me another blue screen but with a cursor in the middle and just stays there for hours.

I'm out of ideas. I need some help. I'm really saddened that it looks like I completely lost my files. I usually back up every couple of weeks. However, past week I've added a lot of files which I have not been able to back up yet.

Is there ANYTHING at all I'm missing that I can do to at least boot up?? OR is it no use and I should just buy a new laptop? I've only had this one for a year. I bought it from my brother. It's been in... Read more

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

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Laptop will not boot up. Unmountable boot volume. Cannot boot up to command prompt in order to do chdsk/r as previously suggested. Also have removed hard disk and plugged back in and this didn't work either. Cannot boot up in any mode that is offered. Also Laptop will not boot up from CD rom drive with installation disk

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Was this laptop working before and goes to your OS? Pls restart your computer, enter Setup (F2), find your hard drive? Is it recognizing your hard drive?

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On my daughters laptop she gets the message unmountable boot volume and she can't start xp Please help I'm lost!

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Hello and welcome.

This could help if you have the windows XP install disk handy:


Do you have the full error code please?


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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.

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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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Someone was on the computer before and it locked up. When it came back it gave that error message and had the error code of 0xC0000032
I looked around and saw advice about going into the recovery console and running the chkdsk command. I used the floppy disks to log in since I dont have the cd and when I got to the options on which to select I only had 1.C:\miniNT and nothing else. I selected it and it worked in taking me to the command prompt but i stopped there. I looked around and saw mention that this is the recovery partian so thats why I didn't go further. Some background on the computer is that it was orginally an HP built computer I say orignally because 2 years ago the computer was reformated do to a problem and the person who formated it did not use HP's recovery partian and just used the standard reinstall.

The recovery partian was left on and was always left as the D drive and everything else was on the C. Now something to point out is that occasionally when power would go out or someone would shut the computer down wrong an error message would come up during reboot about checking the consistancy of the D: drive (which seemed odd since this is the recover part) but regardless it did a quick scan and everything worked. So im wondering if has anything to do with this problem and what I should do next?

Do I go into the recovery console and run chkdsk /p and /r while selecting C:miniNT or do something else? Would this scan the entire computer or just the r... Read more

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Hey everyone. Okay so I am having this problem with my friend's computer. I was just suppose to clean it out for him and give it back but when I turned it on it gives me the splash screen and then, WHAM!! a blue screen saying "unmountable boot volume". I know for a fact he does not have the windows boot cd so is there a way I can get it to a floppy disk?

Also when I run the diagnostic, and I look at the green letters labeled A-D I see that the letter D is orange while the others are green. I would really like to get this problem fixed asap. if someone could help me, it would be greatly appreciated.


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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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