Unmountable Boot Volume

Laszlo - Jun 12, 2008 at 04:16 PM
 MSK@% - Dec 4, 2015 at 09:45 AM
Have the same issue as many of you...can't boot to Windows XP. Error is unmountable boot volume. Attempted to boot off CD and ran chkdsk /p - indicated "one or more unrecoverable problems". Also attempted to run fixboot...result was that "boot sector cannot be fixed". I'm guessing I may have a hard drive issue...and have documents on that I need to obtain...any help in pulling off documents? Does this sound like a hard drive issue rather than a "boot.ini" file issue?
Thanks for any help you can offer!

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I got the same problem. I have unmountable boot volume, I know how to do the steps like booting from cd and check disk but the problem is: The screen where you can change the settings to boot from wont come up (BIOS). Upon turning on the computer, it goes directly to a screen with two options: 1) start windows normally, 2) start windows restore something. I cant start it normally so I chose the other option. there was an option for checking the hardware (CPU, Memory, and HDD) but no error was found. so I tried to start the windows system restore option, but it wont start. can anyone help me please? I haven't encountered this problem before where I can't boot from CD.
Dec 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM
Press Del..... or F1 as soon as the monitor information screen disappears.!!

The key for entering Bios menu is different in every PC. !!

The key is written on the first screen itself !!

Have a good time!
Fritz > dhavalcoholic
Dec 13, 2009 at 06:00 PM
Thanks. But i've been waiting for that screen to appear. I know its the first screen where all the information bout the master and slave drives and memory come out, but it doesn't appear. I'll just try to hold down those keys as soon as I turn on the computer.
Hi Tahir, thanx a lot for the above solution. It really worked and gave a great respite to me. have you been able to get the solution for removing the blue screen. pls post on this if you have..thanx once again
Sometimes its F2 also.
how did you fix this problem
find "windows vista recovery disk " in piratbay start recovery disk then select "cmd" recover and run next 2 commands

Bootrec.exe /fixMBR
Bootrec.exe /fixBoot

Voala !!!

PS: Windows vista or Windows 7 can boot successfull . /i'm don't run check this for "XP"
Just going back to the top, and adding info about the error perhas for ppl trying to run xp on an imac,

i jsut recoverd from this problem,

the chkdsk c: /p/r

worked for me

id been using xp on my mac for a couple of weeks working ok and I turned it on today to find this problem, id had similar problems with a blue screen and I booted from disk and used repair console and styped in fixboot and this occasionaly worked.

just I couldnt find much to help me being an imac user,

and generally isnt anything to do with them 40/80 pin cables as imacs r built to run xp and so on.

another tip is, I was told if the error code was 0x000000ed and the second was 0x00000032 then its corrupted files and to do the chkdsk,

however my code was 0x000000ed and then 0x89de0958!!!!!

no 32 and I just gambled on the chkdsk and it worked,

so all hope is not lost,

GOOD LUCK hope I help some one,, coz I aint a techy lol
Wow. Worked for me too. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
I did the chkdsk c: /p/r but to no avail, still the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problem
I have the same issue with widows 7 but my problem is that the installation window from dvd boot doesn't come :( any help for this? one page comes after loading files from dvd and then it says windows is starting and the mouse pointer rounds for ever without happening something. It is just on this screen for several hours without any other step...
I too am receiving that "boot sector cannot be fixed" error message, but when I enter chkdsk /r it says that it's checking the volume...

0% completed.
The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.
3896136 kilobytes total disk space
1763836 kilobytes are available

After that I tried the fixboot and got the same original error "boot sector cannot be fixed"

Please help

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tried chkdsk /r

and after that fixboot

it should do it
hello, I have the same problem, I have a sony vaio laptop with windows vista and it suddenly happens. I dont have any windows cd and the worst is that im in the middle of a trip, so is not easy to get the cd. What can I do?, I have many files that I need to get cause they r not saved!!!. Please help me!, how can I do that "chkndsk" ? Thank u so much. ciao!
Psychedelic > desperate
Nov 17, 2008 at 01:50 AM

Evn I get Blue Screens.....

Wat I do is...

Boot my PC in Safe Mode...

den go to My Computer > C:\ ( bcoz my XP is installed in C:\ ) > Properties > Tools > "Check Now" > Tick the first box > Restart !!

On most occasions my Pc starts up then...... though with a Disk Checking..... !! :)
I am computer literate to a point, but can you explain the step by step to try and fix the error. I am getting the unmountable Boot Volume error too. I really need the information that is saved in my documents and from here on out will be doing a backup on my files...but any help I can get to fix the error to retrieve these documents would be great. I do have the operating system discs too...just afraid to use them and clear my documents out. Thank you.
Dhavalcoholic > Jas
Dec 19, 2008 at 08:37 AM
hie Jas ! :)

I tried many things 2 get rid of that Prob... all in vain !!

Do one thing.....

Use an External hard disk wich has some Operating System loaded in it..... XP , Vista... any ! :)

Boot from the new hard disk and then Copy all those important documents you want..... !!

You can then format that Drive which was giving you Problems ! :)

No need to buy new Hard disk...... you can ask your friend to give his hard disk for few moments ! :)

Hope you have some hardware knowledge as well...... well even if you dont have.... dont worry about your data ! :)
Maz > Dhavalcoholic
Dec 28, 2008 at 11:12 AM
Your message makes no sense to me I'm afraid, I am really not pc literate.

I get the message on the blue screen when trying to turn on my laptop, I have no cd's, no external hard-drive, please help me as I have coursework on my laptop that is due in in 3 weeks and I can't get to it obviously... my laptop is my life if I loose it I'm screwed
Ok, so after having the exact same problem, and trying everything I could find suggested, I still had no solution.

The solution I eventually found in the end was to power down and unplugg from the mains and remove all IDE and power connections from the hard drive and motherboard. After removing the copiouse amounts of dust that build up :) I left the computer in this state from 15 or so (have a coffee or something)

Connected everything back up, plugged back in and powered on. Amazed to find that XP booted straight away with no need recovery console (which by the way if you cannot find is downloadable here: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso This may not work for all, but is definatly worth a go before replacing the hard drive.
Been struggling for days with this issue on my 2TB Seagate. I monitor EventVWR for errors frequently and nothing cropped up. Out of the "blue" a BSOD for Kernel_Stack_In_Page error. On boot, I got dreaded Unmountable_Boot_Volume. Tried several things, to no avail. chkdsk/p by itself didn't work. chkdks /r by itself didn't work. Always got stuck at 29%. Then I read about SeaTools. Ran it with Long Scan, an it fixed 7 errors. Still didn't resolve. Followed up with chkdsk /p/r. Now I am back in business, and am currently backing up so I can replace my drive. Thanks for this post!
Unfortunately it did not work... but you are correct with the rest... I am looking for hours and nothing seems to help and then I found this
How To Fix BSOD Unmountable Boot Volume STOP: 0x000000ed ?
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Feb 12, 2015 at 02:59 AM
when u start your system, go through start system repair instead of start windows normally , it will load windows loading files after that a screen appears in that screen press ctrl alt del twice or thrice a window prompt appears naming startup repair, run it and it will automatically repairs if problems on hard disk, it is generally system volume information is corrupted. Finish screen and restart your system it works!!! - blue screen disappears for windows 7
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Jan 4, 2015 at 06:32 PM
Guys I am getting this error AFTER I try to reinstall windows XP (I can;t enter the old one because of system.ini error). After I select to boot from a USB windows starts to copy its files debugger kernell, SATA,IDE,etc... when it appears to be ready and start to install windows (and before to get in the blue screen with ENTER to install windows or press R to recovery) it pops up the unmountable_boot_volume error blue screen. how to do a chkdsk if i;m not getting there ????