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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question "Unmountable boot volume" blue screen from laptop

Left the laptop on and when it came back from sleep mode and it would not boot up. It goes through the windows and toshiba screen, but then it flashes the blue screen and restarts over and over. Some quick googling and it sounds like the laptop can't boot up from the hard drive. I don't have an XP home disk, but I got my hands on an XP Pro disk. I don't know how much good this will do me if I don't want to wipe out my hard drive just yet.

1) Any ideas on this "Unmountable boot volume" error?
2) Whats the easiest way to retrieve information from the hard drive if it won't boot up?

It's a five year old toshiba laptop running windows XP....TIA
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 03:35 PM
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have you tried to start it in safemode yet?
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have you tried to start it in safemode yet?
Yea I forgot to include that...it does the same thing just keeps restarting
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can you boot with a bootcd and run chkdsk.

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can you boot with a bootcd and run chkdsk.
You mean the one that comes with the laptop from the factory? Mine never came with a Windows disk and I don't have any of the original cd's...I was thinking of getting something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Windows-PC-R...ht_6423wt_1084
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Your HD may be bad. Check the connections, un plug it plug it back in. Then run an HD diagnostic software from BIOS. You have to boot running the software CD. Try Hirens.
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Your HD may be bad. Check the connections, un plug it plug it back in. Then run an HD diagnostic software from BIOS. You have to boot running the software CD. Try Hirens.
Man I hope not...I downloaded the Hirens cd...can I just burn the extracted files to a cd pop it in and boot up the laptop?
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Could be your IDE, or SATA port is bad. However your HD is connected to the Motherboard on your pc.

If you want to see if the HD is bad, take it out, and connect it to another pc. If you can't figure out how to do that then you probably don't know know how to remove the HD. If you still have the same error then your partition is bad, or the whole HD.

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Man I hope not...I downloaded the Hirens cd...can I just burn the extracted files to a cd pop it in and boot up the laptop?

Bring it to me, I'll have a look at it. PM me for my #. I moved from around the corner from your house.
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Bring it to me, I'll have a look at it. PM me for my #. I moved from around the corner from your house.
don't bring it to me when his data is wiped. :P

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don't bring it to me when his data is wiped. :P
LOL! I'm just going to see what I can do. If his HD is bad, then it's bad. All that recovery stuff is for the birds.
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