Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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Hi,

I start my computer and Windows is in the process of booting to Windows XP. I get an error, "Unmountable Boot Volume". Help me. What do I do to solve this issue ?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #91586

Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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Hi Zunish,

Try following the steps below to resolve the issue:

Run the Windows XP Recovery Console

1. Restart the computer, after inserting Windows XP Installation CD in the CD drive.
2. Press any key, if you are prompted to start installing Windows from the installation disc.
3. Choose “R” as the setup begins to start repair.
4. Type in the Administrative password if you are prompted to and press Enter.
5. Type “chkdsk /r” (without quotes) in the command prompt and press Enter on the keyboard. This will fix any boot.ini errors.
6. Type Exit at the prompt to exit command prompt and restart the computer.

If you use a UDMA hard disk controller, try replacing the 40-wire UDMA cable with an 80-wire cable. Also, in the BIOS settings of the computer, load the 'Fail-Safe' default settings, and reactivate the frequently used options.

Please visit the following web link for more information: Link

Clean mode:

You may try clean booting the computer. These are not troubleshooting steps, as the original performance returns when you log in the normal mode. In the clean boot mode, software conflicts are reduced and you may temporarily loose some functionality, which returns while logging normally. Hence, you will be able to detect whether the issue is caused by any other software or not.

1. Log in to the computer as the Administrator.
2. Click the Start button and click “Run”.
3. Type “msconfig” (without quotes) in the Run command window.
4. Press Enter on the keyboard.
5. Click the “General” tab in the “System Configuration utility” window.
6. Click the “Selective startup” option.
7. Un-check “Process SYSTEM.INI File”, “Process WIN.INI File” and “Load startup items” options.
8. Confirm whether “Load System Services” and “Use Original BOOT.INI” are enabled.
9. Open the “Services” tab and “Hide all Microsoft services” check box.
10.Then press the “Disable all” button.
11.Click “OK” and select “Restart”.

You can repeat these steps, selecting each and every service in the list. If you are experiencing the issue even when only one service is selected, then you can conclude that the issue is caused by that particular service. And if the issue continues even if no-item is selected, then a Microsoft service is causing the issue. You can locate the Microsoft service by repeating the above step without choosing the “Hide all Microsoft services” option.

Once you have located the service that is causing the issue, you can disable that particular service, by following the above steps. You can confirm, whether the issue is reproduced, by try re-enabling the service. If the issue re-occurs, you can disable it permanently.

After troubleshooting, follow the below steps to return to the normal mode:

1. Log in to the computer as the Administrator.
2. Click the Start button and click "Run".
3. Type “msconfig” (without quotes) in the Run command window.
4. Press Enter on the keyboard.
5. Click the "General” tab in the “System Configuration utility” window.
6. On the General tab, choose the “Normal Startup – load all device drivers and services”, and click “OK”.
7. Click Restart.

Run the System File Checker tool

1. Insert the Windows XP installation disc.
2. Click “Start” button and select “Run”.
3. Type “sfc /scannow” (without quotes) in the Run command window and press Enter.

Note: You must be logged in as the Administrator.

Check whether the issue is resolved.

Hope the information helps.

Glenn

Answered By 0 points N/A #91587

Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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The reason why this error occurs could be:

1. The system file is damaged and can't be mounted, OR
2. The BIOS is set to force the faster UDMA modes, OR
3. You're using a wrong wire connector cable,i. e you're using a 40-wire connector cable instead of 80-wire.

Solution

1. If it is the connector cable problem then replace it.
2. For BIOS problem, load 'Fail-Safe' setting(default), then reactivate frequently used options
3. For damaged system file, which is the most likely problem:

  •  Insert the Windows XP CD in the disk drive, and boot through the CD.
  •  Press R, when the welcome screen appears
  •  If you have multiple boot, choose the installation to be recovered and enter admin password, if needed.
  •  In command prompt type chkdsk /r and press enter.
  •  Then type exit and press enter

Your system will restart; it might take a little time to boot back.

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Answered By 10 points N/A #91588

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Most probably the reason for this is the boot.ini file is corrupted or damaged. Here is a solution:

1. Launch Windows XP with the Windows XP installation disk in your optical drive.

2. Press R when you see the Welcome screen. You will be directed to the Recovery Console screen.

3. Choose which Windows installation you want to repair. The Administrator password is needed.

4. You will enter the DOS prompt. Type chkdsk /p and then press the enter key.

5. Then type fixboot and then press the enter key.

6. Type Y and then press the enter key.

7. Type exit and then press the enter key.

Your computer will reboot to Windows.

If for some reason that didn't work, you can boot to the recovery console (example above).

Type: "chkdsk /r"  [Enter]
 When done type: exit  [Enter].

This will take some time but just wait till your computer reboots to your Windows. 

 

Answered By 10 points N/A #91589

Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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Really, thanks for your consideration Mr. Fahar.

It helps me  a lot…. thanks a lot.

Answered By 0 points N/A #91590

Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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Hi ,

I'm getting this error too & my cd drive broken .Can I use external CD drive for reinstallation.

Please help.

Thanks

Answered By 4845 points N/A #91591

Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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Budin

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Answered By 0 points N/A #91592

Unmountable Boot Volume in XP

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1. Try to check your hardware your hard disk is okay or try to another hard disk drive.

2. If the same problem has error try to check cd or cd rom drive,maybe you're cd rom drive can't read properly your cd.

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