Dead Laptop Hard Drive Solution

  Mazinsky 12:32 05 Jan 2013


Recently when starting up Laptop (Vista Home)it showerd the Blue Error Screen: UnmountableBootVolume.

I've changed the BIOS order and although the machine can mount the Installer CD, it still cannot detect an OS to run.

I'm going to attempt to retrieve the files on the Hard Drive via an IDE/USB adaptor but wondered if a replacement HD for the Laptop would solve this issue or if the main problem (machine not detecting Operating system via internal drive or CD installer disc) means the Laptop itself is faulty?

Thanks for any advice.


  Chronos the 2nd 12:52 05 Jan 2013

Have a look here. Microsoft.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:31 05 Jan 2013

from the Vista DVD to command prompt

  1. At the command prompt type in chkdsk /R C: where ‘C’ is your Windows partition. (Note: there is a single space between chkdsk and /R and another space after /R)

  2. You will be asked if you want to check the hard drive the next time the computer starts – type in Y to confirm

  3. Restart the computer – Windows will now check the hard drive and repair the damaged file system – this process may take several hours to complete.

If the above process fails to restore the system then repeat from the start but, this time, instead of step 1 above, type in the command bootrec /fixboot and then restart.

Hopefully this will have fixed the unmountable boot volume error and Windows should now start up normally

  SillBill 13:36 05 Jan 2013

@Fruit Bat

is there a space between bootrec and /fixboot?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:59 05 Jan 2013


  Mazinsky 11:29 08 Jan 2013

Fruit Bat

Massive thanks for taking the time to post your suggestions, luckily the first option worked a treat.

Thanks again!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:08 08 Jan 2013

Your welcome, thanks for the feed back.

  mole1944 13:12 08 Jan 2013

You've had a lucky break now back up your data,next time you may not be so lucky

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

iMac Pro review

Illustrator Charles Williams on how to create magazines and book covers

iMac Pro review

Les meilleures prises CPL (2018)