windows xp- unmountable boot volume,

  ady347 12:37 18 Apr 2009
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hi people, you kindly have helped me in the past with one thing or another and again im asking for help please.
switched computer on this morning and i have a blue screen which says unmountable boot volume. i think its a virus tbh. i have 6 packard bell disks to reset the computer but dont have a windows xp disc. is it possible to salvage this so i dont have to do a full reset? many thanks.

  birdface 12:44 18 Apr 2009

Will it start in safe mode.

  jimv7 13:11 18 Apr 2009
  Graphicool1 13:39 18 Apr 2009

ady347 doesn't have a WinXP disk. :¬]

  ady347 14:03 18 Apr 2009

Hi, when i tap f8 it doesnt bring up the list to select safe mode,

now it does something different when i switch it on, it automatically brings up a light blue screen and does a disk check?
something like

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)

it completes stage 1 and 2 then it says the:-
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3) security verification completed.

after this nothing else happens, the screen stays the same.

  exdragon 14:07 18 Apr 2009

Probably little consolation, but I had exactly the same problem a week ago. I resorted to taking it to an expert who put the C drive in another machine, copied the data then reformatted and reloaded all my stuff.

I did delve into various articles on the web, but got totally confused so for me, it was better to leave it to 'a man who knows'!

  jimv7 14:17 18 Apr 2009

Can you borrow an xp cd.

  woodchip 14:22 18 Apr 2009

The boot sector of the Drive is Corrupt, you could try running TestDisk from a floppy. The partition table is corrupt click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:27 18 Apr 2009

MAke sure there are NO CDs DVDs in drives remove all usb connections and attempt to reboot.

  ady347 16:58 18 Apr 2009

cant get a xp cd, will try unplugging all usb's. thanks for your help. will also have a look at that test disk

  OTT_Buzzard 17:09 18 Apr 2009

"after this nothing else happens, the screen stays the same"

that stage can take a significant amount of time (10 minutes or more). Try leaving it for a while!

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