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!
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.
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
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!
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
all the best
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 ????