WinXP BootFailure: desperate to save data.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ChiroGeek, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. ChiroGeek

    ChiroGeek Guest

    Hi all,

    I've got my brother-in-law computer on my workbench and Its failing to load window XP Pro - NTFS partitioned. It trys but hangs on the very first windows screen. Eventually I get the evil blue screen of death saying "unmountable_Boot_Volume". I'm figureing a dead hard drive.

    Of course they have failed to back it up and am begging that I try and save some of the files on the computer - especially the My Documents folder.

    I've tried booting in with all the safe-mode options for it never makes it to a windows screen - just the above Blue Screen.

    I've tried booting up to win 98 boot disc but it would see the C:\ drive. I wanted to try and redo the boot sector.

    I then thought maybe I could try a new window install in a differently named install folder (this usually has worked in the past) but windows said the partition was damaged and I need to reformat - which of course will kill all their old files.

    Does anyone have any other tricks I can try????

    Thanks in advance
    Doug G.
     
  2. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Try NTFS DOS. http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm to Download it. Never tried it but sure it works.

    Another method is to intall XP or 2K on another drive or install it in another comp and put the dead hard drive as the slave and try recovery tools on it.
     
  3. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer

    UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

    If this is the first time you've seen this error screen, restart your computer. If this screen apppears again, follow these steps:

    Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation ask your hardware of software manuufacturer for any windows update you might need.

    If the problems continue, , disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable compontents, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

    Technical Information
    ***STOP: 0X000000ED (0X823D7BB8, 0XC0000006, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)


    THE FIX:

    Boot from the CD to the Recovery Console

    Type: chkdsk /r (and wait FOREVER)
    Type: fixboot
    Type: exit
     
  4. Corvette

    Corvette Sauske!

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    Hey I posted about this before (Was my first post) Get PrusudoKiller to delete this thread
     
  5. Corvette

    Corvette Sauske!

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    The thread was "Unmountable Boot Volume in XP" So a mod must close or delete this duped thread
     
  6. ChiroGeek

    ChiroGeek Guest

    Hipster Doofus

    Thanks a ton! That did the trick. Problem solved.

    Doug
     
  7. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    No problemo. Glad you got it sorted. :)
     
  8. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Relax. :)

    The thread you mentioned was started by a different person - Nismo83. Perhaps you could have provided a link to the old thread in response to ChiroGeek's question.
    There's no point deleting threads when different people have the same problems. Duplicate posts by the same person in multiple forums are what we delete/merge.
     
  9. Corvette

    Corvette Sauske!

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