What do you do when you get the pc has unmountable boot volume error?

Question

my question is i have a compaq desktop pc. when i turn it on it will take me to the advanced options screen. (the one where u can choose safe mode and all that.) when i choose one it will send me to a screen that says me pc has unmountable boot volume. what do i do?

Answer

This question was answered on December 2, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I have a situation similar to this happen to me and I performed the actions listed below and it did work fine I found these instructions at the link listed below This link also has an option to get an XP boot disk if you do not have one avialable.

http://www.techtips4u.com/kb/sw/SW00014.htm

When booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot Volume" This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up

So, what do you do about it, panic and try to mount your boot in your computer..... No that is probably not a good idea

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the Welcome to setup press the letter R

You will get a dos prompt

Then type "chkdsk /p" without the quotes and hit enter

When that is done type "fixboot" and hit enter

"Y" and enter at the prompt

Then type "exit" and hit enter

The system will now reboot into Windows

If for some reason that don't work for you, you can boot to the recovery console like above and...

Type "chkdsk /r" then enter

When done type "exit" and hit enter.

This will take longer, but the system should boot back into Windows

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Posted by Kevin of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on December 2, 2005