Unmountable Boot Volume/ Disk

October 14, 2011 at 09:10:18
Specs: Windows XP

Further to my last post on this subject I am still unable to resolve the issue. I seemed to have a corrupted boot ini file, only problem is when I use the Windows XP installation CD I can’t get to the point when the ‘Welcome to Set up’ screen is displayed, therefore I cannot press ‘r’ and then run CDHSK to repair the corrupt boot ini file. How can I run CDHSK?

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#1
October 14, 2011 at 09:42:08
What point does it get to? When you boot from the XP CD you should get the 'press any key to boot from CD' then an 'inspecting your configuration' message, after which files should start loading, followed by the menu you want. Where is it getting stuck?

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#2
October 14, 2011 at 10:46:18
I get the 'press any key to boot from cd', then the 'inspecting your configuration message', after that a blue screen with 'windows setup' appears and the grey status bar at the bottom displays the files/ drivers that are being loaded, but when the status bar displays 'Starting Windows' instead of the menu appearing whereby I could select 'r' I get the 'unmountable boot volume' page and therefore can go no further. :-(

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#3
October 14, 2011 at 12:13:53
OK, first thing to do is check the connections to the harddrive, then if they are all firm you need to check the harddrive itself using the drive manufacturer's own utility. You'll find the majority of manufacturer's now have iso files available for download that let you burn a bootable cd to test the drive.

Another alternative is to use BARTPE - you need an XP disk to be able to create it, but it has a standalone version of chkdsk as one of its tools. You can read about it, & get the appropriate files, apart from the XP disk, from HERE

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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