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Unmountable Boot Volume


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Hey guys. This happened a few weeks ago and I've tried getting someone I know to help but he couldn't fix it.

What happened was my brother was playing a full-screen game and suddenly green lines appeared on the screen and the computer restarted. Once it gets to the Windows XP boot screen, the computer restarts as the scrollbar starts moving. I turned off the restart thing (so it won't restart and instead goes to a BSOD) and it says something about an unmountable boot volume. I've looked around on Google and couldn't really find anything helpful. I've tried running chkdsk but that couldn't be found. I don't have the original XP disk but I have a different one, maybe that's why?

Is there a way to fix it without having to reformat? I have some important files I need. Thanks.

Edited by Fernbrook, 21 March 2009 - 08:30 PM.

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With Unmountable Boot Volume error first thing to check, is to see, if hard drive is OK.
Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
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It was checked and is fine.
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If Windows doesn't boot up you may have to do a clean install of XP. By that I mean reformat, and delete all your files. I suggest using Ubuntu and running it as a Live CD, to try to recover your files, and to put them on external media. If you want directions, post back. First download Ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.co...ubuntu/download
Choose 32 or 64 bit from the bottom box and choose a mirror close to you. Download 8.10.
Once downloading ill give further guidance.
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Can you access BIOS, and set it back to defaults?
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Can you access BIOS, and set it back to defaults?

Yes, but the C drive can't be accessed.
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What do you mean by this:

I don't have the original XP disk but I have a different one

Did you try to boot into Safe Mode?
What tool did you run to check HD?
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I ended up reinstalling Windows XP. What would be a good program to use to recover files from before the format? Mainly .docs and .txts.
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