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BSOD Error : UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME


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josy

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Initially I got this BSOD error "STOP: 0x000000ED (0x86508E30, 0xC000009C, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

I have googled and based on suggestion
a) I have inserted Windows XP and selected R for recovery option.
b) Typed "chkdsk /r" at command prompt
c) After scanning for 54%, it has thrown an error due to file partmgr.sys in it saying that the drivers unloaded without cancelling pending operations
d) again if i reboot i am getting the original "Unmountable_Boot_volume" error

Please advise what should I do to resolve this?

Background:My system is DELL XPS M140. I donot have windows XP restore CD. I have tried with my friend's DELL INSPIRON's windows XP cd.
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How old is your hard drive?
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In the recovery console you can also try the commands "FIX BOOT" then type EXIT and see what you get. If it persists you can also try "FIX MBR".

chkdsk /r will attempt to find and recover corrupt files and else. Directly your "Unmountable Boot Volume" messages refers to the fact that the computer cannot find the drive to boot to and/or the drive to boot to contains no information about what to boot to. The above FIX BOOT command should fix that.

Also make sure you have no USB flash drives or anything of that sort inserted into the computer. They can also cause this message as a computer can try to boot to a USB drive and if it contains no boot information it can stop the computer.

Else it may be a failing hard drive. But I'd start with the above. If you do get it working, please remember to backup your information.
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