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Deleted Mi1.exe then "Unmountable Boot Volume" error

Question: Deleted Mi1.exe then "Unmountable Boot Volume" error

I deleted mi1.exe because Norton said it was adware but then my computer froze and now when I start it up I get a blue screen that says: "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. Technical Information: STOP 0x000000ED (0x82F8E3680, xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)" I have tried to start in Safe Mode, Normal Mode, and Last Known Good Configuration but I get this same screen every time. I have no idea what to do. Can anyone help me? (Dell Latitude C400 using Windows XP Pro)

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Answer: Deleted Mi1.exe then "Unmountable Boot Volume" error

I contacted Dell customer support on a live chat and we tried to restore the system to a date when it was working but windows was corrupt and I had to completely reinstall Windows XP. I wouldn't touch the Mi1.exe file if I were you. The upside is that the Dell rep was really nice and explained things well so at least I know I have good support from the manufacturer.

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On a Gateway Notebook, with OS Windows Vista, I am not able to boot Vista w/o getting the "unmountable boot volume" error. I have followed the instructions: boot in Safe Mode (won't work), start up and press F8 to get to recovery menu (doesn't work).....everything tried keeps coming back to the blue screen with "unmountable boot volume". The last two ops I did on the computer before getting this error was: first, I increased the paging file size...second, I downloaded the Windows Office Home and Student 2007 program onto the computer. Everything seemed to be working fine until I turned on the computer the next day. I have researched the prob from my desktop...seems I need another Windows Vista program CD to boot up the OS to find out how to make repairs. That's what I am understanding but is that the best solution? I need help...can I download and burn a OS program safely from the net to use to make the repairs? I going to have to buy another Windows Vista OS? Thanks!

Answer:Blue screen error "unmountable boot volume"

Hi and welcome to TSF please follow the info here response 7

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I get the dreaded "UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME" error intermittently at bootup in XP. I'll fix it with 'chkdsk /r" off the Recovery Console and everything'll be fine.

Several weeks later, the same error pops up again, I'll fix it and this cycle happens over and over again. What can I do to stop it? Thanx in advance.

Answer:Recurring "UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME" error


I have not had this problem so have not tried this possible solution, but a friend recently gave me this possible fix for this error. Thought I would pass it one, so try at your own risk and see if it helps and if you do, let me know the result:

I get this error message" Unmountable boot volume".
When booting up to Windows XP you may get an error that reads: "Unmountable Boot Volume".

This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up. Here is a possible remedy:

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the "Welcome to setup" message, press the letter R.
You will then get a DOS prompt.
Then type: chkdsk /p [enter]
When that is done type: fixboot [enter]
Type: Y at the next prompt [enter]
Then type: exit [enter]
The system will now reboot into Windows.
Of course, he also gave me the solution you have already tried if the above does not work. Good Luck.

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Hello. I recently purchased a Dell Alienware 17 from a licensed refurbished Dell vendor on eBay earlier this year, and it came with Windows 10 installed (no recovery disk, though I could make one myself). The laptop works fine most of the time, however I occasionally get an immediate blue screen out of nowhere and the error is "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME". When I get this error, it starts on with the continuous loop of it and the attempt of an auto repair that fails of course, rendering my rig utterly useless until it decided to work again. When it occurs, I just have to power off my computer and wait a few hours/days and then boot it back up with no issues. But this is becoming a pain, and I did not pay over one thousand dollars to play when my computer wants me to play, especially now with the anniversary edition of Windows 10 that I cannot install because I get the error every time I try to update Windows. I've searched online everywhere, and the only help I can find is just to use a recovery disk, but I strongly believe that's not the solution to my problem seeing as Windows functions/boots normally with the exception of this error occurring randomly and when attempting to update Windows. Could it just be a hardware issue with the HDD itself? I've ran diagnoses on everything several times and nothing has appeared corrupted. I need guidance! Please and thank you in advance.

Answer:Windows 10 "Unmountable Boot Volume" Error!

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So about a week ago, my Dell Dimension 4600 came up with the DOS screen, noting an "unmountable boot volume" (and the BSOD somewhere along the line). It wouldn't even boot up in safe mode. Eventually, I got it to boot from the CD-ROM and ran all the stuff in the Recovery Console (following the instructions in this link:

Somewhere in there, I started messing around with the drive letter assignments, because we'd been in touch with Dell tech support, and they said it might be a fried hard drive (the C drive, the 80GB one that came with the machine in 2004).

I'd installed a second drive (500GB) in 2007 or so, and partitioned it so that one section was a backup of the C drive (although I hadn't really done another backup since the initial install--fixed that with the Backup Utility). I figured I'd have to boot from the backup partition, and just lose all the data on the 80 GB drive.

So now that I've run Recovery Console, chkdsk /r and all that, the computer is actually back to full strength and running normally--with one weird quirk.

When I go to the properties for the C drive, then to the hardware tab, it has the 500GB drive highlighted:
And when I click Properties in that box, and go to the Volumes tab, and hit Populate:

The C drive is apparently running on the 500GB drive (three other partitions not shown).

When I do the same for my backup drive (J), it gives me this:
Before this... Read more

Answer:Fixed "unmountable boot volume" - now drive partitions are switched?

You can't change the drive letter on the system drive. You could possibly move the installation from the large drive to the smaller one, but if that is where it boots from, the connections to the drives will need to be switched, too. You could clone the larger to the smaller and then switch them.

Your other partitions are lost, I presume. Partitions do not have inherent letters assigned to them. They will be different in one Windows installation than in another, and different again in the Recovery Console. You cannot use letters to identify partitions. You need size, location, or contents to be sure which is which.

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Hi there,

The problem I have with my DV9700 is it will no longer boot. It was working great, but the other night, I had to do a hard re-boot, and then it failed to start with a blue screen with "Unmountable Boot Volume". This is with the original Vista 64 bit Home Premium version. I chose the option "Self Recovery" but it just finishes up sitting there continually scanning for something?

The hard drive is the original factory installed setup. My question is, how do I get my machine back up and running please? I have a Windows Vista Backup that would run each week to an external 2TB USB drive, but I am guessing that this will not recreate an exact image of my computers state? I would also need to have Vista running to use the backup? Some years ago (2010), I created a complete backup to about 20 DVD's, but I am not sure how to use them as they are for recovery I think?

It looks like I need to buy a new hard drive but how do I go about using the backups I have to install to a new drive? Also, what is the largest hard drive I can use? Should I buy a SSD drive? I wanted at least a 1TB primary drive. Fry's Electronics has a Hybrid drive where the disk cache is solid state making it more affordable. I was thiking of getting one of these?

I would like to use my old original drive as a secondary drive if it is even possible to access its files. I have ordered a SATA caddy so I can mount it into the unused drive bay of the DV9... Read more

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Hello Forum members,

I am stumped by what appears to be a simple problem, but the answer is eluding me. I bought a brand new Hitachi 60gig 7,200 rpm HD for my Thinkpad T21 last year and installed, loaded and used it with zero problems until I was on a wi-fi connection at a hotel one evening. The connection gradually slowed to a halt, then the window I was in froze. Then the desktop failed to respond. I tried cntl/alt/delete with no success. No amount of keyboard commands had any affect, I was locked out. I couldn't even power down normally. I had to unplug the A/C cable, then remove the battery to get the laptop to shut down. I waited ten minutes and booted up like normal. This was the blue screen error message I received; "Unmountable boot volume on drive C:" Then I was given restart options as usual to no avail. It has never come out of it, regardless of the methods I have tried. Here is the strange part. I had initially loaded two (2) separate XP Pro OS's onto the HD splitting them evenly into 30gig partitions. I did that to keep web surfing separate from my dedicated music recording software, which I didn't want to risk corrupting. So, the final result is, when I boot up, I can ask for the D: drive (where the recording software resides) and it runs perfectly, but if I boot and ask for C; I get the above message. Also when I go to "My Computer" from the D: drive OS, it shows the C: drive available, but when I double click for it, it says... Read more

Answer:Solved: "Unmountable boot volume" on disc at startup

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A desktop PC with operating system Windows XP SP3 was running fine till yesterday. The desktop has a 120 GB Seagate hard disk which has 40GB primary boot partition C: and extended partitions D: and E: for data. All partitions are NTSC.

Yesterday, during booting process the blue screen was encountered with the error message “Unmountable Boot Volume”. The option of last known good settings did not work. Attempt to boot in safe mode also resulted in blue screen with the error message “Unmountable Boot Volume”

I booted the PC with a windows XP live CD. The Windows Explorer showed all three partitions --- however, while I could browse the partitions D and E .. the windows explorer froze (not responding) when I tried to browse the contents of boot partition C:

I launched the Disk Management utility, it showed C: drive as primary, active, healthy and 100 percent free. The utility reported the partition as RAW instead of NTSC.

I launched the free software “Testdisk” and performed the analysis. The software detected all partitions correctly and no problem was reported (such as “invalid NTFS boot” etc). The “Testdisk” reported C: drive as primary bootable. I was able to browse all directories of C: and back up my data with “Testdisk”.

Testdisk advanced utility reports the status of boot sector as OK and identical.

As Testdrive did not report any problem so I did not rewrite the partition table information nor did I rewrite the boot sector and master boot record (MBR)... Read more

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Hey guys i have this HP laptop with windows xp home edition. Everything was fine with it until this morning when i try to use it, a blue screen appears with a "UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME" message, it says a lot of other things but the computer restarts after a few seconds.

I've done a little research and one of the solutions i've found is doing a "chkdsk /r" from the installation disk. I've done that but the process stops at 50% saying that there are errors that cannot be recovered or something like that.

I've tried the "fixboot" command too with no luck.

Any other ideas??


Answer:"Unmountable Boot Volume" problem w/ WinXP

If you have or can borrow a digital camera, do what I do: set it to take video and start recording the monitor before the error screen comes up. Then you can either look at the video on the camera, or if you need it larger, load the video onto something else (plug it into the TV for instance) and move frame by frame until you get to the error message.

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i was on my computer (on aol) just doing nothing when suddenly i got the blue screen of death! i have not recently installed any hardware OR software, to my knowledge ...and now windows will not let me in - same blue screen every time. does anyone know what this is, and how i can possibly fix it on my own without having to pay a ton of money i don't have for a tech to come to me? a phone tech suggested it might be a spyware issue. if you think so, can you possibly recommend a program that i can buy on CD and is bootable (that i can run while booting up, since that is where the problem is occurring)? or just any ideas anyone has would be great! ...i am running windows xp on a dell system that's about 1.5 years old, i am sorry if i'm leaving out a lot of information - i want to give you more but i had to travel to this computer just so i could reach you guys and gals over the internet. any help you could give would be amazing! i will check back here tomorrow ...thank you so much for all the times you've helped me... princi*

Answer:Blue Screen "unmountable Boot Volume" ...please Help!

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A desktop PC with operating system Windows XP SP3 was running fine till yesterday. The desktop has a 120 GB Seagate hard disk which has 40GB primary boot partition C: and extended partitions D: and E: for data. All partitions are NTSC.

Yesterday, during booting process the blue screen was encountered with the error message ?Unmountable Boot Volume?. The option of last known good settings did not work. Attempt to boot in safe mode also resulted in blue screen with the error message ?Unmountable Boot Volume?

I booted the PC with a windows XP live CD. The Windows Explorer showed all three partitions --- however, while I could browse the partitions D and E .. the windows explorer froze (not responding) when I tried to browse the contents of boot partition C:

I launched the Disk Management utility, it showed C: drive as primary, active, healthy and 100 percent free. The utility reported the partition as RAW instead of NTSC.

I launched the free software ?Testdisk? and performed the analysis. The software detected all partitions correctly and no problem was reported (such as ?invalid NTFS boot? etc). The ?Testdisk? reported C: drive as primary bootable. I was able to browse all directories of C: and back up my data with ?Testdisk?.

Testdisk advanced utility reports the status of boot sector as OK and identical.

As Testdrive did not report any problem so I did not rewrite the partition table information nor did I rewrite the boot sector and master boot record (MB... Read more

Answer:"Unmountable Boot Volume" --- reported as RAW instead of NTFS

Hi and welcome to TSF there are some possible options here Unmountable Boot Volume scroll down for the other options

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First post on forum.
Have the UBV blue screen after power company zapped me.
Read all the previous posts, but still need help. Running XP Media Center Edition on Dell E520.
I have a "Reinstallation DVD" but the computer does not seem to recognize the disk on any setting I have used so far to start.
Can someone please help me using words of one syllable?
Thanks to all for help.

Answer:Dreaded "Unmountable Boot Volume"

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So I receive an update for "Windows 10 Creators" before doing the update I decided to create a recovery disc to a USB but only to find out I can't create one with error "Missing important files" so I googled and found a thread that suggest a steps... one of the step is to supply a command (in administrator level) a "reagentc /disable" this freezed my laptop and then windows crashes and restart. During the restart just after the Asus loading logo the BSOD with "unmountable boot volume" error code occurred I tried many restarts but same error being display.

With the "unmountable boot volume" error, I googled and found that I have to use a bootable USB to fix it (I don't have installation CD when I bought the laptop). I grabbed other laptop (with windows 10 installed) and create a windows 10 bootable in USB. Go back to my damaged laptop I changed the boot sequence to boot in my USB but after the Asus loading logo the screen goes black and stuck there the installation which usually popups didn't displayed. I tried on the other laptop where I created the bootable USB to check if the USB is damaged but to my surprise the bootable USB actually works on the other laptop no black screen displayed.

I created the Windows 10 bootable USB using Rufus, then when the black screen is being displayed I tried to create again with the Windows Media Creation Tool which also display black screen.

At this point I'm not sure what to do to fix th... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 600m which gave me a blue screen on startup which read "unmountable boot volume" message STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A28F030, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) I called Dell tech support and coughed up $50 since I was out of warranty and they tried to enter the recovery console with the OS disk but couldn't get the CD drive to read the disk. Tried other disks and no luck. Now they're telling me that both the hard drive and optical drive failed at the same time and they want me to replace both. I find it hard to believe that they would both fail at the same time. Can someone please help me out here..... thanks in advance.

Answer:"Unmountable Boot Volume" and stuck there!!

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This screen came up after i deleted Nero through ad/delete and restarted my pc ,and i cannot get it to boot from cdrom despite changing the boot up sequence in BIOS..any ideas please??

Answer:blue screen at boot up "Unmountable-boot-volume"

This from TeckTips4U

"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.

You can boot with your the XP CD and when you see the "Welcome to setup" screen press the letter R
You will get a dos-type prompt
Then type chkdsk /p (note the space before /p)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 (note the space before /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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I'm getting an "Unmountable Boot Volume" bluescreen. I have tried chkdsk (/p and /r) but get the following "the specified drive is not valid, or there is no disk in the drive." Any thoughts?

Answer:"Unmountable Boot Volume"

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when restarting my laptop after a windows 10 update yesterday, got an " unmountable boot volume" message on start up with windows trying to repair but then goes to a black screen with nothing but a white cursor. only displaying black screen.
any guidance appreciated. thanks in advance.

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When booting with the option "Don't auto restart on system failure", I get a BSOD telling me of an Unmountable Boot Drive. I tried using the "Repair Your Computer" option with the Windows 7 installation disk, but after selecting my language and clicking "Repair Your Computer", the GUI disappears and I'm left with the default Win7 background and a mouse cursor...

Answer:Unmountable Boot Drive BSOD + Windows 7 "Repair Your Computer" problem

Go through these threads. they may help:

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I'm a noob here (obviously). I read the faq and other links provided under my intro to the site. I've also read at least 5 pages from searching 'unmountable.....".

I've a Dell 4700 P4 purchased in late '04 that I use at home. Win XP Home edition. I've listed what specs i remember in my profile that I could remember (I'm @ work).

The computer had worked just fine until I clicked on a Dell pop up window that emanated from the Dell icon on the menu bar. It was for a 30 day free trial for a PC tuneup. I've had this Dell icon since day one and receive tips and suggestions that pop up now and then. I clicked on the link for the program to remove unwanted internet files, trash bin, etc. I had family over and came back to see 'restart computer' on the screen. Did this and as you expected, saw the blue screen with Unmountable boot volume; stop 0x0000000ed....

I tried the different modes to get back into it; the various SAFE MODEs, LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIG and nothing worked. It just kept going back to the blue screen or the screen i just mentioned with SAFE MODE etc. I tried getting to the command prompt, but to no avail. I've the Home Ed. Windows disk that came with the computer and tried changing the bios to reflect to start with CD drive, but it's not reading from the CD. This is where the ig'nant noob part comes in (well, as if it didn't earlier), I'm presuming it's not read... Read more

Answer:WRNG: Dell users: Unmountable boot vol./Plz oh great mods, extend a "hand"

No need to feel like an *****.

First of all you can try using a windows 98 boot disk to boot to your CD. I'm not sure where that will get you, if you don't want to reinstall the OS (and lose everything).

Secondly, you shouldn't have a problem putting that HDD into an old computer and pulling the files off of it. Just make sure the jumper is set properly on the back of the drive (Master, Slave, or Cable Select). Plug it in and power it on, Windows should find the drive and allow you to transfer files.

As far as the error code goes and what can be done..... I don't have a great answer for you, but maybe someone else will. Just be patient and see what comes along.

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Hi. I'm trying to get rid of files and this one is the main one that I have found so far that is getting stuck and not being deleted. It says that "change.log" is being used by other users.

Occasionally as well a chinese website pops up for some reason.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 18:33:25, on 17/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton PC Checkup\executables\mrHealthy\MrHealthy.exe
C:\Program Files\NDAS\System\ndassvc.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqnrs08.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
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I'm running Windows 7 on a DELL XPS. Before this happened a disk scan was running and I reset the computer before it was finished. It restarted the first time, but by the time I got back to the computer it was on the "Strike f1 to retry boot" screen.I've tried turning on CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK & SCROLL LOCK and hitting ALT - E,F,B, but that did not seem to work. I don't know if I did the combination work or something, but I tried a variety of combos and none of them seemed to work. I also tried reloading the default settings in the Boot options menu and that did not seem to help either. I've read resetting the BIOS is a possible solution, but I'm not sure what the next step is at this point.Any help would be greatly appreciated.* UPDATE: I just ran a diagnostics test and it said Error Code 0141 - No Drive Detected

Answer:Getting "Strike f1 to retry boot" "Error Code 0141 - No Drive Detected"

Its having issues detecting the hard drive. What is the exact make/model number of this computer?Curious as to why you didnt allow it to finish properly? Did it take forever getting hung at a certain point of the scandisk in which you told it to reboot because it was not progressing further? I have a strong feeling you will need to replace the hard drive. The system sensed an issue with the drive before it died and it attempted a scandisk to try to repair, and right now it sounds like the issue with the drive got worse from the point in which the system detected a scandisk was necessary to correct for errors.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

Answer:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

Answer:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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I don't know what this means and how to correct it. Cannot get into computer at all.Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Windows XP SP1
Pentium 4
256MB ram
80 GB hard drive

Answer:Win XP -unmountable boot volume error

run a windows console , it will correct it ...

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I hope this is the right group to post this in....
I'm stuck in Unmountable Boot Volume and my laptop is not repairing itself. I've Googled it and tried watching videos and I can't seem to get the laptop to respond. Can someone please help me repair this problem? I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows 10.
Thank you in advance.

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I need a help in fixing friend's computer which has a problem of Unnmountable boot volume.

Are there any idea how to fix this problem?
Is it alrite if I just format the system??

Answer:HELP: ERROR (Unmountable boot volume)

my uncle had same problem...formatting didn't help
you can try other memory, IDE cables etc (not sure these things will work)

i'm asking myself how to fix this, also

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I am running a Windows XP media center edition SP3 on my old computer and since yesterday, my boot files became corrupted, giving me an "Unmountable Boot Volume" error. I plan on using the Windows XP recovery disk, but there's one problem: The computer never came with it. Any ideas on how to download it online onto a CD? Thanks.

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error

You can download the Recovery Console here. Burn the iso with Imgburn or other burning software that can burn iso images. Boot the CD and then at the command line type:

chkdsk /r

This will probably take awhile. And, it may not fix the problem.

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I have a Compaq Presario. I am unable to run Windows XP. A blue screen comes up and it reads UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME. I've figured out what is wrong, but I can't fix it because I need Windows XP startup disk. I don't have this disk. I have my recovery CD and my QuickRestore CDs. I don't want to do a complete restore because I have a few digital pics I didn't get on CD from the holidays. What do I do?

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error!

put you recovery cd in and do a partical recovery you will see the options there i think

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Uhm my Dell Inspiron e1505 has an unmountable boot volume error.
I've tried fixing it and it really isn't working.
I have my Dell "Drivers and Utilities" disk which fixed it last time.
It goes to booting cd press any key to continue
I press one and it says
Choose one:
[1] Run diagnostics
[Q] Quit and return to BIOS menu
or something to that effect

So could someone please help me, it's very important.
All my software which I use for school and work is on there.

=[ So please?

Answer:Help! Unmountable Boot Volume Error

Check your BIOS Setup, look to see if all your drives are recognized by BIOS.

If your hard drives are missing in BIOS, either the hard drive failed, the hard drive power or ribbon cable came loose, or you have a motherboard failure

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I've had my Toshiba Satellite L655D - 011 for less than 6 months. I've never really had problems with it that i couldn't fix until today.

So I restarted my computer because it was doing something funny with my msn. I always leave my msn appear offline, but for some reason it kept randomly making me appear online. But after that, it wouldn't start up anymore.

It kept sending me to this windows error recovery page. It tells me to either Repair my computer or to start windows normally. I tried both.

WHen i click repair my computer, it loads the necessary files, but after that it, just sends me to a black screen with only my cursor there.
If i choose to start it normally, it only goes up till the windows logo show before it sends me right back to windows recovery.

So what i did then, is open the Advanced boot options by pressing F8 at start up.

Running the computer in safemode just sends me back to the windows error recovery page.
Boot logging, last known good configuration and directory services restore mode also send me back to the windows error recovery page.

Then i went ahead and disabled automatic restart on system failure. It send me to this blue screen that said Unmountable Boot Volume. I didn't' really know what to do with that.

As my last resort, i went and got my recovery disks. I pressed F12 at startup and then set it up so that the computer opens the disk drives. It opens my disks, and loads the files, but it does the same things as the... Read more

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error

Does the recovery disc load if you detach the Hard Drive?

You should get a menu offering repair/reinstall options.

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Hi Everyone.......
New here and desperately need some help.............ty in advance for any suggestions!

My kids' desktop (HP w Windows XP) now has this blue screen come up with an error message about an unmountable boot volume. After looking through some threads, I think there are usually 2 hardware (we don't have any) or a virus. Being the kids computer with their websites, I'd surmise the virus part.

The problem is the only screens I can get on my computer now are the
1. Blue Error Screen
2. The screen with options of starting in various modes........none of which work......they all go back to the error screen
3. the awardbios setup utility screen

I have seen where ,if I can get to a prompt, I can run a check disk kind of thing.....but can't even get to a workable screen.
Other suggestion has been to put the windows xp cd in (which I can't find) and re-boot/re-start.

Thanks again for any help. I can't afford a new computer right now and just hope I don't have a $500 paperweight for a computer.


Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error

Just in case anyone else ever has this problem...I figured out how to fix it:
1. I pressed F1 repeatedly to get into the BIOS setup and changed the boot order to read the CD drive first. Then I put in the Windows XP recovery CD in
2. Restarted computer and followed the steps to re-install/repair

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Hi guys, first of all like to say great forum, I just hope you can help.

I turned on my laptop this morning to find that when windows was loading it went for ages then restarted, I then went into the menu to select safe mode, restart with the last known settings that worked etc and nothing worked.

I did try "repair" when loading repair it just comes up a black screen with my cursor which I can move but the screen just stays all the time.

I managed to then select "don't restart on crash" which let me see what the error message is which basically comes up a big blue screen saying unmountable boot volume error.

Toshiba didn't give me a windows 7 or repair disk so im kind of really stuck.

I have got access to another computer though with a flash drive etc.

Thanks for any help.


Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error

Quote: Originally Posted by richperry

Hi guys, first of all like to say great forum, I just hope you can help.

I turned on my laptop this morning to find that when windows was loading it went for ages then restarted, I then went into the menu to select safe mode, restart with the last known settings that worked etc and nothing worked.

I did try "repair" when loading repair it just comes up a black screen with my cursor which I can move but the screen just stays all the time.

I managed to then select "don't restart on crash" which let me see what the error message is which basically comes up a big blue screen saying unmountable boot volume error.

Toshiba didn't give me a windows 7 or repair disk so im kind of really stuck.

I have got access to another computer though with a flash drive etc.

Thanks for any help.



You are between a rock and a hard place. You can (given that you have another computer) download a trial of win 7 (assuming you have a legit serial number) to do a repair install, but the download will be win 7 ultimate.

You are going to need an image of the version you have the serial number for.

Once you have the image boot from it into safe mode (F-8) and go to the device manager to display tab. Delete the video driver and re-start. win 7 should find a working video driver that will at least get you into a normla boot.

Good luck and let us know if you need help with that.

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i have a windows xp that keeps giving me an error window saying something about 'unmountable boot volume'. every time i try to start up, it takes me to a window that gives me the options to either start up in safe mode, to start with last known good configuration, or to start windows normally. no matter which option i pick, it takes me to the unmountable boot volume error screen.
i was told by others than i need to use the windows xp reinstallation cd to try to fix this, but i get the same problem whether i have that cd in or not. i can't even get into the menu options that usually show up when i put that cd in. please help!

Answer:unmountable boot volume error

if your system has a floppy drive then you can get hold of a win98 bootdisk (available on the net through a google search) bootup to the dos prompt and type

fdisk /mbr this will write a new master boot record to the hdd..note a space after fdisk

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I have been looking through the topics posted here and I don't see anything that addresses all the issues I have, including lack of resources.

I have an HP Mini 210 netbook computer. About a week ago, it stopped. I was away for a few minutes and when I came back and there was some error message, with something about some input device. I didn't note the exact wording before I hit the power button which turned the computer right off. When I turned it back on, it would not boot Windows up. Every option offered by the you-have-had-a-badly-interrupted-windows-session-how-do-you-want-to-proceed list of options results in the same thing, a restart.

The start normally option proceeds for a few seconds before the blue screen comes up, and the system starts again.

The return to a previously good configuration does the same thing.

There are three safe mode startup options. Each scrolls through a list of drivers, I presume loading them, before stopping at Mup.sys. It sticks there for a few seconds then the blue screen comes up and the system starts again.

I was unable to read the blue screen because it flashes on and off too quickly, but my digital camera allowed me to get some idea of what at least one of the blue screens says. A problem was encountered and Windows was shut down to prevent damage. The problem was Umountable_Boot_Volume.

I don't believe this is a hard disk failure, or at least not completely. HP bundled with the computer a small OS-like program that ... Read more

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So randomly this morning my computer decided to not startup. Every time I try to start it up I get a stop error: "Unmountable boot volume". So I google that on my laptop and look over several posted fixes on the issue. Except one problem: they all require my XP installation CD and my computer won't even boot up using that. Although its possible I didn't configure the BIOS properly to run it. When attempting to run the CD I just tap F12 for setup when my computer is starting up and selected boot device as the CD so its possible there is something I'm missing.

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My 3rd Pc, used by my siblings is busted I guess.
When u turn it on ther's a blue screen with the following messsage

problem detected
windows has been shutdown to prevent further damage
error unmountable boot volume
technical information
*** stop: 0x000000ed (0x8236be30,0xc0000006,0x00000000,0x00000000)

Its XP SP 2

i tried rebooting again, logging in safe mode n using last known good configuration but none worked

Answer:Error Unmountable Boot Volume

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Hi I'm new here,

My OS is Windows Vista Ultimate Utimate 64bit.

I'm getting a unmountable boot volume error:
0x000000ED(0xFFFFFA8002DC6060, 0xFFFFFFFFC000009C, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)

From what I've learned so far it's related to a hardware problem, but I'm trying to figure out which one of the hardware components is defective.

Can anyone confirm if that kind of error is really hardware related and if it is, how can I know which one of the hardware components is "broken".

I already tested my memory and it's working fine. But i need help on testing the other hardware.

If you guys need any more info just ask

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume ERROR!

Hi, and welcome to TSG! Did your computer by chance get interrupted during a shut down cycle, or get shut down incorrectly (or abruptly)? That is one of the main causes of the unmountable boot volume.

It doesn't necessarily indicate an actual hardware problem. If you've been fiddling with the innards, it can indicate a problem with the cables or the actual hard drive.

If your computer was interrupted during shut down, then the boot.ini file is most likely corrupted. You'll need to do a repair to your operating system to fix that. Do you have the installation disk or a recovery disk that came with your system?


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ive recently installed an exteral Maxtor 200gig hdd, usb 2.0 (3 days ago)
since then my pc has been having hard locks randomly (whether its idle or during play)

so yesterday i was defragging my main hdd (with the OS on it) using O&O Defrag 6 and went to bed. woke up this morning with another hardlock, but the defrag process read 100%. so i restarted and i've been getting an "Unmountable Boot Volume error". i have tried the last safe config option as well as safe mode, and neither work

i could try and do a repair using the winxp cd, but id rather just try and get it working without that

any ideas guys?


system specs:

p4p800 deluxe
2.6 @ 3.25
80gig WD caviar (main/os drive)
160gig maxtor (backup drive, no software installed)
200gig external drive (unplugged)

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error

it's kind of a lame duck solution... but did you format the drive yourself when you installed it?

i had a similar problem with an external drive i had... i plugged it in and was using it out of the box for a while. it was causing problems, so i went to the disk manager utility and wiped it clean... let "my copy of windows" do the formatting... worked fine after that. for some reason the "initial factory formatting" was just whacked or something...

if you've already formatted it before using it, though... i don't know what to say. check maxtor's site and see if they have fancy utilities you can DL... or specific drivers, instead of the vanilla microsoft "USB mass storage unit" ones.

one other thing before i post this... are you using the "stop this device / safely remove hardware" thing before you unplug it (if you're unplugging it)? even though it's USB, it's a HD, and they get picky about having the rug pulled out of under them.

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Hi, I recently purchased a new maxtor 250gb sata2 hd and tried to install it on my system,
amd athlon64 3700
asus A8n - sli premium
Gigabyte 6800gs
1gb ram
60gb ide hd

I unplugged my old hd and installed my new sata2 hd, went through the windows xp pro boot procedure with no problems, created my partition NTFS system and then rebooted to continue installation. After the 1st reboot it started on the win xp logo screen and just seemed to hang, I left the pc running and came back about 30mins later to discover the blue screen stating that my "unmountable boot volume"...I replugged in my old ide hd and it boots up and in windows my new sata drive is visible but i wish to use it as my main drive and need windows installed on it.

Anybody have any ideas as to a solution.....


Answer:unmountable boot volume error

You have to load the SATA drivers at the beginning of the Windows installation process, when asked, as I recall.

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Upon coming back from a week long trip yesterday, I turned on my computer only to find that it couldn't boot into Vista - after the green loading bars roll on for a bit the machine BSODs and shows up with the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, 0x000000ED error. I searched around a bit and found that the issue could perhaps be fixed by loading up the Vista Install disc and running the boot repair tools- however, I've run into a bit of trouble with it.
I can never fully load the disc, it seems. Upon seeing a gray bar or two load, what tends to happen is a black screen is loaded up and a white cursor is seen. Nothing happens afterwards, the install screen doesn't load up at all. Sometimes I get, in lieu of a black screen, the blue/turquoise wallpaper that shows up in the background of a Vista install, but none of the text or anything of the sort. Just a blank wallpaper with a cursor in front of it. I've let the machine sit in this state for at least a good two hours or so before I give up on it and try again, without any luck.
I seem to be a bit stuck as to what to do here, does anyone perhaps have a spot of advice? The data on my machine hasn't been backed up in a bit and reformatting/anything of the sort is out of the question until I back everything up, which is rather difficult given I can't even load up windows in the first place.
Any help would be appreciated a great deal, thanks very much!

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error

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Hello Everyone,

I am using a Dell Laptop with Windows XP PROFESSIONAL SP 2

The laptop is working fine at the moment. But in past one month i saw a blue screen three times which said Unmountable Boot Volume. After i saw that blue screen while booting win xp i did a reboot again and things are working fine. This has happened three times in past one month.

My laptop has more or less updated windows with norton antivirus and i try to keep it in good working conditions.

I wanted to know what does that error message mean and what can i do ?

Sometimes only, it takes ages for my laptop to boot or resume from hibernation. But after that its appears ok.

I would be glad if anyone can help me out and guide me as to what do i do?


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Ive got the Blue Screen error 0x000000ED and its "unmountable_boot_volume" error at top

its a Dell Inspirion 8200 laptop

I dont have a copy of the Windows XP recovery CD...
what should I do?

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error

Have you tried accessing it though safemode/last known good config?

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I am praying that someone can help me with this issue. First off I am by no means an unexperianced computer user the fact that I have not yet been able to figure this out myself is driving me nuts.

Here is the problem (sorry if this is long but i wanted to be as detailed as possible so you can see what i have already done).

I am trying to install windows xp pro on a new hard drive i have. It is acctually 3 hard drives i have 3 WD400 40gb drives in a 0 raid arry. When i try to install xp pro I hit F6 to install the drivers for my controller. Which it does just fine. Then after loading some of the windows components it says "starting windows" in the bottom left corner where it was listing the components it was installing. After sitting there for a few moments I get a black screen for a sec then a blue screen of death with the UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME error.

I starting this in one computer and could not get it to work. I was getting this error on all the drives in that computer, even the ones on the basic IDE controller. I made sure i was useing 80pin IDE cables. The only other thing i have read about that I cant try is to run CHKDSK from the recovery console on the windows xp CD. I cant do this beacuse I cant get that far in the setup it crashes to the blue screen before getting to that step.

I have since moved these drives into my 2nd pc. And tired it on my ITE 8212 PCI raid card and on my SOYO Dragon Kt333 ultras onboard raid card (its highp... Read more

Answer:Unmountable boot Volume error tried EVERYTHING! Plz help

I probably don't know enough about this subject, but I wonder if you don't have a DMA and/or interrupt conflict. And can these be manually configured when the raid drivers are installed?

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Dell Inspiron Laptop running XP Professional. Have an Unmountable Boot Volume Error blue screen error msg, cannot restart into Safe Mode. Can I repair this ?

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My computer froze up this morning and is giving me the blue screen Unmountable boot volume error. Using Windows XP. I have made no hardware/software changes, so don't have any explanation for this. Can't run in safe mode either. I've checked the forums; everyone seems to say that you need a copy of the Windows XP CD to fix the problem, but I don't have one. My machine had XP already installed. I need help!! Also, have used forum before, but please assume I'm a 5 year old with regards to instructions. Thanks!

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1) At boot up, my computer will prompt with the "Windows - No Disk" error message. I try to cancel each time and usually by the the third cancel it finally goes away.

2) Internet Explorer 6 will freeze with the "hungapp" error message. I have to do a CTRL+ ALT+ DEL to close. This happens quite frequently and just about makes IE 6 unusable.

Any ideas as to what can be causing this? Below is my HijackThis log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 22:11:43, on 1/20/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\ISafe.exe
C:\Program Files\Belkin Bulldog Plus\upsd.exe
C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4\WinVNC4.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\VetMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark X1100 Series\lxbkbmgr.exe
C:\Progr... Read more

Answer:Windows "No Disk" error at boot and "hungapp" error with IE 6

Click Run, type in msconfig, click OK, click Startup tab find dit.exe and uncheck it, click apply and reboot system. This worked for me with "No Disk" problem

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I am infected with this crap and have used the following tools to try to get rid of it:
Windows Defender, Unible PowerSuite (SpeedUpMyPC, Registry Booster & Spyware Protector) and Norton's One Button Checkup and WinDoctor.

Not sure if it's related, but my DISPLAY is locked at 640 X 480.

Atempted the 5 Step Process before posting and Panda ActiveScan froze and crashed after scanning 59253 files, but not before identifying 28 spyware files.

Here's my extra.txt log from Deckard's:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.

-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 36%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 1277.95 MiB / 810.39 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 1516.89 MiB / 1165.44 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1930.88 MiB

A: is Removable (No Media)
C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 37.21 GiB total, 18.7 GiB free.

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - ST340014A - 37.25 GiB - 1 partition
\PARTITION0 - Unknown - 39.19 MiB
\PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 37.21 GiB - C:

-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------

AUOptions is scheduled... Read more

Answer:Netsky Worm-Popups-The Three Icons - "Error Cleaner" "Privacy Protector" "Spyware..."


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Hi ,  i have a y560 i7 8gb...when the system is powered-up it seems to be going through a normal start-up process? Then is switches to a notice asking if the user wants to run start-up repair (recommended) or start Windows normally. If start-up repair is selected the system will eventually display the default Windows 7 desktop wallpaper?. There?s even a mouse pointer that can be moved around? but no dialogs, controls, or anything else will ever appear. I left it in this state for more than 30 minutes to make sure.If ?start Windows normally? is chosen the system will eventually blue-screen , with the error reported as ?Unmountable Boot Volume?.I?ve also tried booting into a Windows 7 installation disk via an external USB drive , as well as booting into the same from recovery disks while i was stuck at the default windows 7 wallpaper . case I selected ?Repair your computer? from the menu, only to get to the same scenario as before? with the default Windows 7 wallpaper displayed, but no sign of the System Recover Options tool/dialog? so I can?t even begin to try and repair the install. The technical info at the end of the blue screen is STOP :0x0000005E random 0s etc. 

Answer:BSOD Error - Unmountable Boot Volume

hi navooooo,this error usually points out hard-disc problem. can you try to use one key recover button to perform clean windows installation and/or windows disc scan to scan the discs?

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Hello all, sorry if i'm brief, but i'm posting this from a non-smart-phone, so typing isn't exaxtly easy. After messing around with my RAM to see if I could install two new sticks, I find out that, after booting my (Dell) PC, that it may very well be screwed, or at least the hard-drive. When I load the computer up, the 'windows has not started successfully, blah blah blah' thing shows up. After choosing any option, Windows crashed to the blue-screen with an 'Unmountable_boot_volume' error, with the error code 0x000000ED (0x86F64900, 0xC0000006 0x00000000, 0x00000000). hope you guys can help me. Either way I'm still planning on getting a new computer, but it'd just be nice not to be out of a computer for a week to a few months before-hand.

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Hello all, I have a unmountable boot volume error message when I try to boot windows xp. I do not have a xp disc or a floppy drive. Is there a way to use a thumb drive to fix this problem? Or does anyone know any other way to fix it? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Unmountable boot volume error message

This is a corupt hard drive error - It is most likely you will have to format your hard drive. Sorry.

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My notebook has died and although I'm not bothered about saving what was on there, if I could at least get to safe mode I'd be very happy! I'm not tech savvy by any means but I can follow basic instructions if anyone can help. I've tried logging in via safe mode/last known good configuration/safe mode with command prompt but it just returns to "blue screen of death" I have a samsung notebook n130, approx. 4 years old. Any help greatly appreciated

Answer:unmountable boot volume error code

Its a Hard Drive Problem, you may be able to get to the files using a Ubuntu CD to boot from. You have to download Ubuntu and create a ISO image with the Downloaded file. If you are not bothered about files buy a new drive that fits your Notebook then use a Disc with the Operating System on it the Key should be on the bottom of the Notebook
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Hi , i have a y560 i7 8gb...when the system is powered-up it seems to be going through a normal start-up process? Then is switches to a notice asking if the user wants to run start-up repair (recommended) or start Windows normally. If start-up repair is selected the system will eventually display the default Windows 7 desktop wallpaper?. There?s even a mouse pointer that can be moved around? but no dialogs, controls, or anything else will ever appear. I left it in this state for more than 30 minutes to make sure.

If ?start Windows normally? is chosen the system will eventually blue-screen , with the error reported as ?Unmountable Boot Volume?.

I?ve also tried booting into a Windows 7 installation disk via an external USB drive , as well as booting into the same from recovery disks while i was stuck at the default windows 7 wallpaper . case I selected ?Repair your computer? from the menu, only to get to the same scenario as before? with the default Windows 7 wallpaper displayed, but no sign of the System Recover Options tool/dialog? so I can?t even begin to try and repair the install.

The technical info at the end of the blue screen is STOP :0x0000005E random 0s etc.

Answer:BSOD Error - Unmountable Boot Volume

Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The make and model of your hard drive, Seagate, Maxtor, Drive Fitness which is Hitachi, Or Western Digital. Perform a short and long test. Could also be called "Standard" and "Extended" test or also "Comprehensive" test.

If you can not find the right test for your hard drive your OEM computer may have it's own hard drive diagnostics testing tool. Refer to your OEM computer documentation to find out how to access these test. Also try going to the manufacture of your machine to find documentation about it. Also consider going to the manufacture of your hard drive to look to see if they have hard drive diagnostics test. The ideal test or method would include an ISO that could be burned via an image to a cd which would be made bootable.

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Hi I seem to be having a really bad problem at the moment...

Here is what happened: Yesterday I was playing a game and suddenly my PC decided to crash, I simply figured that it simply ran out of virtual memory. No, I got my favorite error "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME". This isn't the first time I've encountered this error and I'm truly effin sick of it! I cannot afford to lose all of my files
After a few hours of screwing around I finally got my windows XP disk to work, so I ran the repair. I typed CHKDSK /R in the command prompt which repaired the drive then I did FIXBOOT to repair the section that was broken.
Afterwards, according to every help article I can find out there says 'Oh it'll boot fine' Yeah.. not the case, infact, it wouldn't boot up windows without the disk in the drive. Why is this happening? why doesn't it just fix it the way it should? Do I really have to reinstall windows and lose all my files because of this?

But it gets better!

For some odd reason when I started my computer up it would act as it was about to enter installation of XP but instead it would load windows off of the disk in my drive allowing me to go on as like nothing happened. Although, it seems to be that my computer decides when it wants to allow that, I got on twice, reset once, used system restore now I can't boot up, it goes right to setup. If I change the setup in the BIOS to load from the drive it won't load up it'll say "BOOT FAILED TO LOAD, INSERT WINDOWS DI... Read more


can you see the h/drive listed in the bios correctly

if not check the cables are secure

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Hey guys, recently when trying to start my toshiba satillite P30 I Got an Error Screen Saying Smart failure predicted on hard dish 0: Toshiba Mk8025Gas - (Pm)

Warning: Immediately back up your data and replace your hard dish drive. A failure may be imminent.

so i try and it loads past the windows screen and i get a blue screen saying unmountable boot volume .

So I load the disk that i get from the company with the laptop and it has this easy restore thing that automatically pops up and when i click okay to continue the restore freezes..
I don't know how to by pass this system restore "easy restore feature to get into regular recover console so i can fix the boot. also now when i try to start the computer i get a screen saying Invalid Partition table and i cant go any further. Im really at a loss here so please if you can help!!!

Answer:Toshiba P30 Has Unmountable Boot Volume Error

also i dont have any other disks except for the one i mention that came with the computer.

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My laptop randomly started getting this error on windows startup. It says "your PC encountered an error and needs to restart." But it doesn't restart. It says it's "preparing to repair" (or something along those lines) then the screen goes black and stays like that for hours. I can't create a boot disc or flash drive as I have no other PC available.
Note: I can't launch BIOS because it doesn't display what key to press.. I've been trying f1, f2 and delete, as well as some others. Nothing has worked.

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My daughter's Dell Latitude 620 laptop is showing the error message. I've read to enter the BIOS and then load the "fail-safe" default settings. I entered the BIOS pressing F2 upon boot-up. However, nowhere have I found the option to load the fail safe default. Where can I find this option?

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error Message

On many Dells, the factory splits the hard drive into 2 partitions. One is where the OS is and all of your files, and the other is for restoring your computer to it's factory condition. Have you reformatted the drive? If so, you will most likely need to reinstall Windows, but try this first.1. At the BIOS, press F12.2. Select something like "Dell Recovery Boot" or something related.3. Follow the steps to do a recovery on your system.(Sorry about the lack of details, but I don't have much experience with this).Ask and Answer. The way of learning.

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Hi Members, I just encountered the the Error Unmountable Boot volume error(Blue Screen)  in my Z61T Think pad laptop.  I'm not sure what caused this error. Is it possible to fix the error? I tried to go in to Recovery Console using XP CD and then repair the OS, but unfortunately when i go to repair mode i get another error which says unable to recognize the hard drive. Im really confused as of what is the exact problem with my laptop and also im worried about that data. appreciate if anyone can throw some light in to the issue and help me out in fixing the same. ThanksRajesh

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error in Z61T

If you believe that your hard disk/file system may be corrupted, try using any bootable diagnostic cd.They are operating system independent and will let you know if your HDD is getting corrupted.  Try the data life guard diagnostics(bootable).

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I?m hoping someone can help me find a way to repair the hard drive for my wife?s <one-year-old HP Pavilion dm1 laptop so we can recover her data? at this point in time the partition on the drive is inaccessible (to me at least).

Here?s a brief rundown of the scenario. On Saturday morning my wife woke me up to tell me her laptop had blue-screened while she was working on an online document, and would no longer boot into Windows.

When the system is powered-up it seems to be going through a normal start-up process? displaying the Win7 pulsing logo for a minute or so. Then is switches to a notice asking if the user wants to run start-up repair (recommended) or start Windows normally. If start-up repair is selected the system will eventually display the default Win7 desktop wallpaper, and the hard drive light will indicate activity for a couple of minutes?. There?s even a mouse pointer that can be moved around? but no dialogs, controls, or anything else will ever appear. We left it in this state for more than 30 minutes to make sure.

If ?start Windows normally? is chosen the system will eventually blue-screen , with the error reported as ?Unmountable Boot Volume?.

I tried pulling the drive and dropping it into an external drive bay, but when I attempted to go into the main partition I received a notice that the drive needed to be formatted first (which I obviously didn?t do).

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Answer:BSOD Error - Unmountable Boot Volume

Alright, first and foremost, we want to backup the data. Then we can worry about recovering her computer. I would suggest downloading and burning to CD the program PartedMagic. Then follow the steps in my post to Backup Files Using Parted Magic.

After the files are backed up (assuming PartedMagic can read the drive, which it usually can, but if it cannot, you will have to do this next step to allow it to), use Advanced Boot Options to select Repair Your Computer and get to the System Recovery Options. Then select the command prompt. Do the following:chkdsk /r c:
chkdsk /r d:
chkdsk /r e:
chkdsk /r f:.etc until you get the message that the volume could not be opened for direct access. For any drives that do not give the message:
"Windows has checked the file system and found no problems"
run chkdsk again as above. In other words, if it says:
"Windows has made corrections to the file system"
after running the disk check, run the disk check again.

I realize you may only have one disk show up in Windows explorer, but you may have more than one disk through recovery options. This is because the system creates a hidden boot partition (which will be C: in recovery), you may have a recovery partition for your PC that is hidden (which will be D: in recovery), and you will have your primary Windows partition (which may be E: in recovery). A custom PC will likely have at least C: and D: to scan.

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-Using Windows XP on a Dell Dimention 8300 desktop.-

About a week ago, I attempted to start up my computer, and to my dismay, I ended up with the blue screen of death with an error that was something like

unmountable_boot_volume EDx0000000 0x0000006 0x0000000

(I'm currently typing from memory on my ipod so please forgive me if I'm a bit vague) Anyway, I've tried everything I can think of. I'm unable to run chkdsk as it brings me directly to partitions, and I really don't want to re-format because my data and backups of things are very precious to me. Is there anything I can do?
Also yes I did use the search function before posting this and nothing helped

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error, unable to fix, need help

I believe when you run chkdsk - you have to choose which partition you would like it to check/fix.

Also, have you tried a repair install?

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Hello everyone

I have a Samsung laptop using Windows 10 and a couple of days ago a blue screen with an unmountable boot volume error showed up after booting, saying the computer would be restarted.After restart a loading recovery option message shows up with the samsung logo and then just a black screen appear and stays like that for hours.

After doing some research I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and uploaded it to my flash drive so I could boot using it and access the advanced option menu through the installation window. After that I plugged it in my laptop and tapped F2 until the BIOS menu appeared. I disabled Secure Boot and selected UEFI OS for OS boot selection, after restarting it again I now tapped F10 and a list with boot options showed, I selected my flash drive and in the first try a windows installation window appeared and I could open the advanced options menu and tried to use the command prompt to make a drive check up and restore as the instructions I found to solve this problem suggested,but the command prompt didn't start and there were just a frozen blue screen. I restarted the computer once again and this time I was going to follow the other way to solve it using the restore option in the advanced option menu.

Although, when I tried to access the menu again, it didn't work, I just got a black screen after the windows logo shows up for a few seconds and everytime I try it happens over and over again.

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Answer:Problem to solve unmountable boot volume error with flash drive boot

Make a bootable USB flash drive of Kyhi's Recovery tools. Read my quote in the middle of the OP that starts with "cool little trick":
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

Booting into Kyhi's Recovery tools will let you see what the exact status of your hard drive/SSD is.

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I am receiving this error upon boot:

Cannot open volume for direct access.
Autochk cannot run due to an error caused by a recently installed software package.
Use the system restore feature from the control panel to restore the system to a point prior to the recent software package installation.
An unspecified error occurred (766f6c756d652e63 3f1)

Then the system hangs. Windows will not boot.

Canceling CHKDSK does nothing. Windows still will not boot.

I cannot boot into safe mode; pressing F8 takes me to the ASUS boot device selection, but then the same process continues.

Any ideas? Will I need the Windows 7 disc to rebuild the OS? Is my 120GB SSD bricked? Or something else entirely? Any help appreciated.

Answer:No Boot, CHKDSK Fails: "Cannot Open Volume For Direct Access."

Did you installed any kind of encryption software?

Boot with Win7 installation disk, go to repair, launch command prompt and type:
dir (see if it list the C: folders)
chkdsk /r

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I have a raid O PC with 2 Seagate 60G IDE drives.
The PC is in a continuous boot cycle and wont go further than the safe mode options screen, stalls loading MUP.SYS.

Trying to access the recovery console, i get the stop message "BSOD"
with OX...D1, 8, 7, 0, OXF82C5B7A stop codes.

Also details Fasttrack.sys address at F82C5B7A
Fasttrack.sys is for the Promise raid 20276 controller.

Downloaded latest driver form MSI (motherboard)

Can now get to recovery console but running chkdsk /r returns the message
"The Volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems"

If i try to reinstall windows, it shows the partitions correctly but wont install,
Says it "cant install windows on this computer"

I have run the seagate diagnostic tools and the drives appear to have no problems and are functional.

I'm stuck, what next ??????

Please dont ask if I've backed up, I wouldn't be doing this otherwise.

Can an other HD be mounted to the primary IDE and setup to access files on the raid pair ? if so , how?


Answer:Windows XP wont boot, "volume appears to have one or more problems"

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Take a look at the following thread it may help.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I think I've successfully installed truecrypt on my back up media HDD. I chose the option to make an Outer volume & also a Hidden volume.

Apparently both were created successfully, but I can't seem to locate the Hidden volume to add files to it? I've entered both passwords correctly & I can see the main Outer volume when the disk is mounted, but I don't see where the hidden volume is or how to create a new folder within the hidden volume?

Answer:TrueCrypt: I see the "Outer" volume, but where is the "Hidden" volume?

Don't mount the outer volume. Enter your password for the inner volume only.


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Ok, so I got my Maxtor 300 Gig SATA Hard Drive and used the XP utility to create it. This is the first time I did that--I was so used to using Fdisk, I always did it that way in the past. Anyway, I'm using it as a data drive and followed the wizard in XP and ended up with a "Dynamic" volume instead of basic. I guess that's the default when you go through the wizard--I just kept clicling the "next" not even really paying attention to the choices as I usually do since I'm impatient!

Anway, I Googled and noted you need this for RAID drives and its not recognized in OS other than 2000 and XP, but is there any advantage to it? I'm not running a RAID configuration and my main OS disc is "basic". Does it matter? I can change it to basic it seems pretty easily according to MS article on it.

Answer:Can't change "Dynamic" to "Basic" volume on SATA drive

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Upon restarting, I'm come across a blue screen that reads, "unbootable boot volume." Once I manage to get past it my machine lags and overheats. I've been walked through a fix by DELL tech before, but I forget what it was. It used the XP disc and tapping one of the F keys at startup. Any help?

Answer:Blue screen, "Unbootable Boot Volume"

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I had XP. I used a partitioning tool to split my main hard drive in to two partitions. Then I Installed Vista on the new partition on my main drive. Things were working great in dual boot for a couple weeks.

Last night I decided to ditch the xp partitition and readd it back as one single partition. I used BCD while in windows to remove the bootup entry for Vista. Then I used acronis disk director to delete the xp partion and readd it to the vista partion for just a single large os partition. Reboot and now i get cannot find boot MGR. How do i repair this so vista will boot in to windows?

Answer:HELP! Deleted XP dual boot and now vista, "Cannot find BOOTMGR!!!"

I haven't done so in Vista, but is there an option to repair, once you boot from the CD/DVD?

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I have already searched the forums and while people have had this error it has not been under the circumstances I have and I am sure lots of others have.

I created a USB boot drive with windows vista on and attempted to install on a laptop with a standard sata drive. It is picked up the in the setup and when I reach the screen of "where do you install windows?" I get the above error.

The problem seems to be as I understand it that the first boot priority is a USB drive and the creators of Vista put in place a rule where only a CD drive or similar can have a higher priority than the disk you wish to install Windows.

On the microsoft support database the article 938984 states that this is by design. Is there a way around this? I have tried the following methods...

1. Burning Plop boot manager to disk and booting to usb through that. Still same message.
2. Used the Diskpart method to create the original USB. The method and USB works perfect and I have also had sucess with Windows 7.
3. Used method 2 on the hard drive I want to install and booted from the hard drive still the same message.
4. Tried making multiple partitions on the drive and installing to them.

The reason I need this on a USB medium and not DVD is...

1. The Vista ISO I have is 7gig big (Both x86 and x64 all versions updated to SP2) (I am going to get Duel Layer)
2. I refurbish laptops and so I am installing different operating systems and having the reliability of a USB drive is amazing.

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Answer:USB Boot Vista Install "Windows unable find system volume meet criteria"

Bit of an odd question... I revived an automated e-mail saying S2926 replied to my thread. It tells me the message in the e-mail but I cannot find the reply on here?

I have managed to get my easy 2 boot usb working with the Vista ISO and I am currently installing as we speak. It just needed de-fragging. Feel so silly. But the original problem remains. I tried changing boot order and enabled boot menu at boot and tried to boot from usb but the problem still remained.

Either way thank you S2926 for your reply.



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I figured I would ask the brightest minds on the internet because I am exhausted trying to figure this out.
The drive is still readable in the bios. Today I was using it fine and then this
Windows XP BSOD Unmountable Boot Volume Error
I have tried everything I can find from Repair Console to prayers I am out of ideas.
Please help. Thanks.

Answer:Windows XP BSOD Unmountable Boot Volume Error

Welcome to BC!
Try this ... .

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I recently received my laptop back from being given a new power module. Now when I start it up it trys to resume windows (as the resuming windows loading bar appears and takes ages), I can only imagine it wasnt shut down properly at some point before i received it back. After this has loaded I get to the loading screen for Windows XP and after the same amount of time loading each time i start it up (whether its in safe mode or normal) I get the blue screen error message stating the problem:

***STOP 0x000000ED (0x82F18A88, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Im not sure whether this problem is fixable with reboot using the disk or any other way or if in fact this is physical damage to the memory?
Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:***STOP: UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME error message

Hav you contacted the people who you returned it too?

How long have you had it back for?

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Hello, the presario v2000 laptop running XP Home began having trouble. At first it started saying explorer.exe had to close, and would reboot but that quickly progressed to a blue screen error and would not load at all. I enabled boot logging at noticed it closed at the drivers...(nothing new was installed except apparently some windows updates).

Didnt work:
Safe Mode, Last Know Good..
Recovery Console-Chkdsk /r /p indicated there was an unrecoverable problem.
fixboot didnt work either. (now have NTLDR error)

Did testing on Memory, CPU, HDD. The only thing that raised flags was the Hard Drive accessibility which was very poor *(Hard drive throughput was good).

After doing fixboot, it now cant find NTLDR.

It seems to be like a hard drive failure. But I want to make sure. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

A) Is it clear that the Hard Drive is bad, and I should take it out, make it a slave to recover any data possible, and buy new HDD and reinstall?

B) attempt to re-partition (without data loss), enough to make room for a new xp install, and try to repair that way?


Thank You. Let me know if I'm missing something or there is a better procedure.


Answer:blue screen-unmountable boot volume error

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Please can somebody help me!!!

I keep getting the blue screen error: Unmountable Boot volume 0x000000ED error when I start my Windows XP Pro computer. It happened a day ago when my computer crashed and I stupidly switched the mains power off. I have tried all the options: safe mode/ last known good configuration etc and it all ends up with the Unmountable boot volume error.

I have read previous posts about using the Win XP CD and running the recovery console and running chkdsk /p or chkdsk /r but I can't find my WIN XP CD. I have downloaded the boot diskettes from MS website and tried using them instead, and it does load the files, but when the 6th disk is in, instead of a welcome screen so that I can get into recovery console, another blue screen error appears with the error code 0x0000007B. I really don't know what to do now. Is that another error all together or is it related to the Unmountable boot Volume error?

Any ideas of what i can do next please? If there's really nothing that can be done to fix this, is there anyway I can still backup my files or is that too late? One thing I noticed is that when I type dir/w in DOS prompt, there are only 14 files on there, does that mean I have lost all my files or is it because of this error that I can't acces them?

Sorry about all the questions, any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Blue Screen ERROR! Unmountable Boot Volume

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My Lenovo laptop will not boot. Every time I turn it on, it shows the Lenovo logo with the spinning circle of dots underneath it, but after about thirty seconds, it takes me to a BDOS screen with the error Unmountable Boot Volume. Every solution I've seen for this says to reinstall Windows 10 using a flash drive or dvd. I have a bootable flash drive with Windows 10 on it, however I cannot access the BIOS to tell my laptop to boot from USB instead. No matter what I do, I can't get to the BIOS screen. I've tried pushing every function key (with and without shift and/or the fn key). Any help on how to access BIOS? Or should I just buy a new laptop? I'm not sure what type of Lenovo laptop that I have (I think it's one of the flex systems). I only know that it doesn't have one of those novo buttons.

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i am using factory installed win7 over hp laptop its working perfectly even recovery from f11 and hp recovery manager system recovery option also working means easily to restore .
i was create recovery usb from recovery manager when i try to boot usb for recovery after loading start error show Unmountable Boot Volume blue screen appears
anyway out

Answer:hp recovery usb give error Unmountable Boot Volume

You may have bad USB Pendrive.

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On monday I bought Norton Internet Security 2007 and tried to install it. I was reading a word document while I was installing it. I received an error message and was asked to restart Windows XP.

When I tried to restart Windows XP. I received a message telling me there was an error that caused Windows to shut down. The message ask me to choose between: mode mode with command prompt

3.last know good configuration

4.start windows normally.

I choose "start windows normally"

MS Windows XP started normally for a few seconds then instead of my normally log on page I received a blue screen with this message:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


if this is the first time you have seen this error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching and shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press f8 to select start up options, and then select safe mode.

Technical information:

STOP: 0x00000ED (0x80E(1E30, 0xC000031, 0X000000000) "

And the then my computer shut down and then restart in the same sequence.

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Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error message appears


I don?t know why but it seems that your master boot sector is damage?
You could try to access the repair console (boot from original windows CD and then press R)
Then try to use this command: chkdsk /p
This command should repair some sectors on the HDD. Maybe it helps.

If not then you should format the whole HDD and reinstall the OS again!

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The laptop was running slow and I decided it was time to clean things up and get her running like new again. Backed up everything and wiped the drive using KillDisk.
Three and a half hours later when the process was done I popped in my Wndows 7 OEM disc only to be greeted with the dreaded Unmountable Boot Volume on that pretty blue screen . Tried several times but it's the same thing each time.
What did I screw up? Appreciate any help. Thank you!

(Dell XPS 15, Western Digital 750GB hard drive)

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume Error On Clean Install

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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I've been asked to try and fix a friend's pc. When it is started the hdd spins up and the post appears to progress ok. As it begins to load Windows the improper last startup screen appears. When I try to start it from there it goes to a blue screen almost immediately. It tells me there is a Windows stop error due to an unmountable boot volume. I'm not familiar with this problem, can anyone help, the pc is running Windows xp.

Answer:Windows stop error:- unmountable boot volume

One example,if it isntr the right remedy just do a google plenty of optionsclick here

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I have windows vista 32 bit installed on my sony vaio. I was making one document and suddenly blue screen of death saying unmountable boot volume error comes and the laptop again and again restarts.
MY CDROM is not working. Please suggest me a way to take backup of C: and D: drives and then fix the system.

Answer:Blue screen-Unmountable boot volume error

You could try using a usb caddy and put the drive in it then hook it up to another computer,the alternative is get the cd\dvd drive replaced and use your install or recovery disc to attempt to repair your system

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Every single time I boot the computer, the blue screen of death comes up with the same message "ummountable boot volume"

Now, I've tried everything suggested on microsoft, on this website and various other things. If I try to boot from the CD (windows xp cd) or Floppy (a boot disk), the computer doesn't even recognize it, it just won't go to MS DOS prompt, it just goes straight to the menu where it asks which mode you'd want to start windows (safe mode, normal mode, last known config...etc..etc...)

Tried starting on safe mode, it doesn't work either.

Tried to disable the options, "shadowing & caching", and restart in safe mode, doesn't work either.

If I could just get the computer to recognize the floppy drive and CD rom, at least I can re-install windows or do a chkdks /r ... and all the other things suggested.

Any thoughts??

Answer:Stop Error - Unmountable Boot Volume (nothing works)

Hi, If you are using a regular WinXP CD, you should see an option to press R for the Recovery console...if it is an OEM CD you may not get that.

Could be, if your XP CD should boot the comuter> it is not set as the first priority drive to boot from, you can change the drive priority in your BIOS settings> when you just start, do you have a message for which key or keys to press to enter Setup (BIOS)? Usually the Delete key pressed once or F1, F2, etc> there are some variations to which key you use.

What is the computers make and model, if it is a branded type like HP, Dell, etc?

Here is some help:

I know that is what you have been trying, just a good reference page..

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Hi folks. So I've scoured the internet looking for the solution to my problem. My computer shut down all of a sudden and now I'm getting the blue screen of death with the unmountable boot volume message.

I've read through about 50 pages of the same answer such as

etc.etc... they all say the same with the recovery console and the chkdsk

My problem is that I can't get to the recovery console screen after booting with the WinXP setup disk. it starts out with the "press f6 to install a 3rd party..." and then "press f2 to go to automated..." And then it finally goes to a screen where it says:

"The following list shows existing partitions and unpartitioned space on the computer." and gives me the options to setup Win XP in a partition, make a new partition, or delete a partition.

I don't want to delete anything and I can't setup windows in any of the partitions due to lack of space.

Any help or guidance you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error- can't get to recovery console

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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I just upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Win7 professional x64 hoping to fix the above mentioned problem. After a complete re-install Im getting the same errors.

Im not sure of the proper terminology here, but during startup the computer does a scan of all hardware and "Volume 0" has a "failed" message.

The odd thing is that sometimes after a few restarts and pointless boot menu visits the computer starts up fine.

I tried windows repair feature by booting from the disk, but when I get to the window where i select the operating system to repair, its empty. Drive C, where the operating system is, is not showing.

I have a feeling that the hard drive itself has gone bad and is very unstable. Please let me know if I'm missing something or we just need to get a new HD.

Thank you

Answer:Win7 pro startup error "Boot MGR missing"/"Operating System Not Found

What type of hdd do you have. For example if you have a Seagate drive, there is software you can run to do a diagonostic on the hdd before the operating system boots.
This would be a good idea, especially if you were having same issues when Vista Home Premium was installed first.

Do you have more than one hdd installed. If yes, make sure in BIOS settings, the proper drive is selected for First Boot. And better yet make sure its the only drive attached when booting.

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Mods, if you feel that this thread is more of a "Windows" issue, please feel free to move this thread.

Here last year I did my second build because I was having "boot" issues. Wasn't certain what exactly the problem was at the time. But something some how screwed up the boot sequence in my system, and where everything was pretty much "outdated." I just went ahead and did another build.

Though, since then I've been pondering around with the thought of using a SATA to IDE adapter so that I can retrieve what ever salvageable data I can from one of the two HDD's that was in my last build. So I finally broke down and ordered a couple different one's earlier this week.

Unfortunately, I've been running in to some problem(s) when I try to launch with the IDE in place.

Upon initial launching, the boot sequence seem to take some time longer than it normally does with out the IDE HDD in place. Though after a 15-20sec lapse I'll get an error screen displaying an windows error code of "0xc000000e" with a prompt message below stating "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"

I searched all over online to see what that error code represents, only to get "pages after pages" of sites with each site telling me something different.

I have no intentions of using this as a third HDD in my system. I just want to retrieve select data from it.

Answer:Error code "0xc000000e" "The boot selection failed because a required device.........

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I am trying to install a C++ Redistributable package and am encountering the following error dialog:

I am also encountering a similar dialog when I try to install the latest Silverlight plugin for IE9.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit.

Can anyone please assist.


Answer:"Unable to find a volume for file extraction" Error Message

I found one fix:

Update: I was able to figure out a hack to get through. If I enable the UAC, and then explicitly run each program with admin rights, it asks for permission, then the programs run without a hitch.

So... Since I hate UAC, how do I fix this?

Found here: Installers failing... - Tech Support Forum

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hi guys,i have problem with my my device manager has one driver show the yellow exclamation,its a "WPD filesystem volume driver" in the portable devices,if i see in the windows explorer,it's still showing though the drive is empty
I have try change the drive letter and path,but it's still not solved.....can somebody help me'please????tq

Answer:WPD filesystem volume driver(error code 10)"device can't start"

hi ditz17, have you tried right clicking on the driver in device manager and selecting "update driver"? if you tell us the make and model of your lappy it will help us , the device is most likely the ricoh card driver

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This problem started happening randomly and now I cannot run checkdisk at all on reboot. Basically I cannot run Checkdisk at all on my OS drive because it always says in Windows that it is in use and needs to run the scan on next reboot. After I reboot, the above error message displays (see thread title).

I've ran a virus scan and spyware/adware scans and I'm now pretty sure that it isn't the issue. I've tried disabling all non-essential services in services.msc and disabling all startup items under msconfig.exe, neither of which made any difference.

I'm really beating my head against the wall on this one, I have no idea what the cause is. Any advice appreciated.


Before anyone refers me to the Microsoft KB, I have Service Pack 2 already and the error is occuring with it installed properly.

Answer:Checkdisk error "cannot open volume for direct access"

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Hi there.

I know this problem was posted before, however, I couldn't find any solution to my problem this time.
I don't know which disc management system is running that prevent chkdsk from running.

I have got HijackThis Log. Will that actually help in identifying this issue?
I also have Norton 360 2010, and I have disabled the Norton before I restart, but it still does not work.

If HijackThis log is good, I will post it here.

Thanks Guys


Answer:Checkdisk error "cannot open volume for direct access"

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I am new a member and was looking for help with the next steps of how to resolve the following error message 0x8000ffff "Failed to Create Volume Snapshot". I got this whilst trying to clone one disk to another (which have the correct amount of space to make a clone) so far on all other machines i have not got a clone error until now.

Followed the advice on Macrium's Knowledge base:
VSS Error:0x8000ffff - Backup aborted! - Failed To Create Volume Snapshot. (VSS)

All Solutions have been tried but the same error occurs. The service is set to automatic but according to the user it has not started.

However, on my own laptop Macruim clone goes through without my Volume shadow copy being set to automatic.

Anyone got any thoughts how i can get this clone to go through?

Answer:Macrium Clone error 0x8000ffff "Failed to Create Volume Snapshot"


I got an some more information from my persistant googling to find another piece of the puzzle.

On the affected machine i did the following:
Opened a command prompt (with elevated privileges) and type ?vssadmin list writers? (without quotes).

This command listed all of the VSS writer i had installed on the machine. This came back with no errors.

I then did a search in Event viewer around the time i did my clone last week. I did a find and searched for 'VSS'. This came back with many errors about the following service:

Oracle VSS Writer
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production Oracle VSS writer version Production Error at line : 4576 Failure on PrepareForBackup event
0x800423f4, The writer experienced a non-transient error. If the backup process is retried, the error is likely to reoccur.
Operation: PrepareForBackup event Context: Execution Context: Writer Writer Class Id: {26d02976-b909-43ad-af7e-62a4f625e372} Writer Name: Oracle VSS Writer - Instance Name: XXXX Writer Instance ID: {ac1b06ab-f083-4bb7-bf62-7f41df8734c0} Command Line: c:\opt\product\11.2.0\dbhome\bin\OraVSSW.exe XXXX Process ID: 2428
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OK found this website seems like the place to go for answers hoping someone can help me out and save me from sending this to a recovery place.

I have a canon 7d which shoots on compact flash cards. I use a usb card reader. Was doing everything like normal but the card didn't show up. I removed it then looked at the card reader to find a bent pin. I must have bent it plugging this card in.

I then tried the card in my camera for a transfer of footage, and the camera started to glitch. No buttons worked and it eventually showed an error. It did this whether it was plugged into the computer or not.

So I got a new card reader, it is currently drive f. I tried to do Chkdsk in command prompt but it tells me "cannot open volume for direct access"

If I try to open the drive I get "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)."

I have both a windows 7, and 8 computer. I feel this is something I should be able to fix on the drive, seems to me like a bad format or like pulling the drive out while data was being written to it issue. Maybe that is just wishful thinking.

The card is a sandisk extreme 16gb card.

Any info is helpful!


Answer:Compact Flash Chkdsk Error "cannot open volume for direct access"

That bent pin in the card reader may have corrupted the flash drive due to improper connection.

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My dell latitude 640 xp office has blue screen error unmountable boot volume ( recently prior has been sluggish, had to force shut down over and over, fan seemed louder, about 3 wks ago installed verizon dsl,) right before I turned it on and got this message I had turned laptop over to look at fan info to check into ordering new one.
ok so get the BLUE SCREEN STOP: 0x000000Ed error, tried doing the F8 , nothing, on last known config, or start normal, tried sage mode gives me quick list of multi disk /partition /windows2/ system2/ 32drivers......... too quick to get all info then back to unmountable boot volume screen.

so somehow upon starting got into a symptom tree and ran test under system lock up and windows blue screen test cam e up with

motherboard fan on/off error code 3700011B 3700:011B Msg expected fan on high rpm of 8000 detected fan RPM0 under both system lock up and window blue screen test

also under IDE DISK Read Test Device Blue screen test received 2 errors saying Error Code 0F00:0244 Msg Block 8368093:uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

... and IDE Disk Verify test error code 0F00:aA44 msg block 8368093 uncorrectable data error or ,media is write protected.

any suggestions on what to do next or what real problem is, need to retrieve current work info I am on a deadline. Thank you

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume/fan Erro/uncorrectable Data Error ...

Looks like a dead hard drive to me - the unmountable boot volume along with the IDE errors tend to support this. Means a new hard drive and a fresh install of Windows. I don't know about your data - you'd have to slave the drive to another system to see if anything is recoverable.

I'm unsure about the fan error - and would suspect that there's an overheating issue inside your case also. I'd recommend cleaning out the case with a can of compressed air - particularly the area with the loud fan. Don't use a vacuum cleaner or a garage air supply as it may damage your system.

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Maybe someone can help me out,

I am working on a Dell 2300 with Windows XP Pro that has a problem with Windows shutting completely down and a Kernel_Stack_Inpage_Error every once and a while. It alternates between the 0x00000077 and 0x0000007A message. In the parameters, the I/O Status Code always is a 0xC0000185 which is Status_IO_Device_Error which indicates improper termination, defective storage controller hardware, defective disk cabling, or two devices attempting to use the same system resources.

I have opened the computer up checked the cable between the hard drive and mother board and it looks fine. It fits snug and its not loose. I have looked at the IRQ's and the IDE controller is not sharing an IRQ with anything else. I have also run CHKDSK too.

After the Windows shuts down, this screen pops up, and it dumps the memory I shut the computer down. After I reboot the system, the Unmountable_Boot_Volume message comes up (0x000000ED). After restarting it over and over again alternating between Safe Mode and starting Windows normally it keeps on bringing the message up. Then after a while, the computer starts up normally. It will work fine after that.

This problem doesnt happen at a certain time or at certain intervals. It will just stop whatever it is doing and shut windows down. Sometimes it only lasts minutes, sometimes it will stay on for 12 hours.

Anybody think they know what the problem might be?

Answer:unmountable boot volume/kernel stack inpage error

have you tried either A) a new drive or B) a new cable?
a lot of these errors end up being hardware.

edit: just an additional thought.....that i/o address is really interesting. it's not memory. it seems as if to be your drive.
have you checked for boot sector viruses lately or viruses in general?

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