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UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME error


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#1 Moogs

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 12:21 PM

Okay, I don't have the official Windows XP CD, because Dell didn't find it necessary to give me one of those, so I'm stuck booting to the recovery console through the six floppy disks. I've done that, and am currently in the recovery console, and I'm trying to run chkdsk /r as I am supposed to, according to Microsoft. However, it's telling me that AutoChk.exe is missing. I don't know where to get a copy of it. Also, am I even doing the right thing in trying to chkdsk? Thanks a lot!

EDIT -- I'm going to try copying the AutoChk.exe from this computer to a floppy and running from that... I'll let you know what happens.

EDIT 2 -- Okay, I think I've solved my own problem... it seems to be running the chkdsk /r command now. I'll post if anything else comes up, thanks! :thumbsup:

Edited by Moogs, 24 June 2005 - 12:31 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2005 - 12:39 PM

Ooookay... bad news, I get to 25%, and then it says "This drive appears to have one or more unrecoverable problems." What the hell does that mean, and is it fixable? :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 12:46 PM

Download Everest Home Edition and see what it tells you about the status/health of your hard drive.

Download here:
http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.p...ang=en&pageid=3
or here:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/everest.html

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 12:49 PM

Download Everest Home Edition and see what it tells you about the status/health of your hard drive.

Download here:
http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.p...ang=en&pageid=3
or here:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/everest.html

I'm guessing that requires access to Windows? I may be wrong, but if it does, I can't use it, I can't get into Windows at all, just the recovery console. :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 01:26 PM

Also posting to say that when I say start Windows normally, it goes to the Windows loading screen, then it freezes.

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 01:37 PM

Try loading it in "safe mode".

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 01:40 PM

Try loading it in "safe mode".

Yep, I've done that before, unfortunately, it goes through all the files it's loading, then it crashes. I've tried all variations on safe mode, all get the same thing. I'm trying to download Knoppix to get the data off then I'll just do a fresh format, assuming I can get Knoppix to work, annnnd assuming I can find a way to format this beast. I'm pretty sure Dell didn't include any such CDs :-/

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 07:36 PM

Okay, I got Knoppix running, but now I can't get it to recognize my keyboard... I'll play around for a bit, can anyone help me out?




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