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UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME...crap


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#1 TheKeeper

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:05 PM

Okay I was on my netbook, and it froze so I restarted it. This has happened a lot, and each time it booted it up fine. But now, for some amazing reason, it won't boot up. It starts out with the ACER screen (that's what I have...ACER netbook with Windows XP) and it goes straight to the advanved startup options menu with safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, and all that and every one I select doesn't work. After making a selection, it goes to the Windows XP loading bar screen for a few moments and then this BSoD flashes for a short second, and then my netbook just restarts to do the whole fun thing over again. I got a camcorder out so I could pause it and read the BSoD.
It says: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME and then a bunch of "make sure you didnt screw up your hardware and stuff", and then at the bottom it has technical information that says something like "STOP 0x000000ED" with other similar letters and numbers but I can't read it.
I've searched this problem and everything I find says "get the windows CD" and recover console, blah, blah, blah. Yeah. I don't have a CD or a CD drive. So I can't do anything. I'm hoping for some magical solution that will solve all of my problems and let me get back to my stuff.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:13 PM

Possible hard drive problem.

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

Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:54 AM

Your ntfs logfile is unclean, that means it didn't close properly. To fix this you need to get ahold of an XP cd or have Recovery Console already installed on your machine. And do the CHKDSK /R function.

The only other option I know of involves using a linux livecd and mounting the partition using ntfs-3g with the force command line option to clear the logfile. Then booting to Windows Safe Mode and scheduling a boot time CHKDSK /R from there and rebooting.

Getting your hands on an XP Install CD would probably be easier, but if your into it, learn linux.

Edited by Gabrial, 14 October 2010 - 12:55 AM.


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:35 PM

Okay I will try some of those links, thanks. I just want to say again that I don't have a cd drive because I have a netbook.
Is there a way to get Recovery Console on a USB or something? Other than that idk what to do.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:31 PM

You could wipe the system from your system restore partition.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:48 PM

If you burn .iso file to USB stick, following my instructions, USB stick should be bootable.

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