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Windows Xp- Unmountable Boot Volume


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#1 Guest_danbrownlow_*

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:06 AM

Hey there!

Well, my friends laptop has died, after telling it to not reboot after fatal error I found it had the old UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME error.

Well, the the first thing I done was boot into the XP Install disk and try to get into recovery mode to run chkdsk, Etc. However, windows reported that there was no hard disk basically and wouldn't let me continue. The next thing I thought of was booting into a Live CD, i.e. Knoppix, but couldn't find the disk so I decided on trying a mandriva boot disk but it couldn't mount the disk either so now I'm waiting for Knoppix to download because that can mount dead HDD's.

Anyone got any ideas of how I can fix this whilst Knoppix is downloading?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:09 AM

Is the hard drive recognized in the BIOS?
I'd suggest running a bootable hard drive diagnostic utility. They're usually available for free from the manufacturer of the hard drive (on their support website).
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:18 AM

It's a Lenovo laptop, am just looking on their support site now.

It's recognised in the BIOS apparently but I've had still no look.

Dan.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:21 AM

You might try "fixboot" command in the recovery console as explained here:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;555302
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:27 AM

Hey Douglas,
The problem I have here is that I can't access the recovery console, windows is reporting that there is no hard drive which is a bit worrying lol.

Dan.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:32 AM

I'm sorry I guess that I missed that part...
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 10:15 AM

Try going through the motions of a repair install or clean install, using the XP disk. Just to the point of the CD searching for hard drives.

If XP still doesn't recognize the disk, while the BIOS, does...I'd guess that it's dead or severely malfunctioning.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:22 AM

Anyone got any more ideas? I'm trying to use the diagnostic tools of WD support site for the WD1200BEVS HDD and everytime I run this, it says it can't find the DLGLICE.TXT file even though it's at the filepath it wants? Anyone tried using this tool before?

Thanks, Dan Brownlow.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:41 PM

Which tool...are you attempting to use?

I've not seen any diagnostic program that references a text file at all.

Are you using a floppy to load the diagnostic?

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