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I cant acess chkdsk /r on my hp pavilion n5430 says unmountable boot volume

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December 18, 2011 8:22:59 PM

my hp pavilion n5430 wont boot it shows the windows xp home edition screen like its loading and then up pops a blue error screen that says unmountable boot volume and restarts the whole process again how can i fix this i ve tried to perform a chkdsk /r but i cant find out how ive looked in all the options
December 18, 2011 8:47:24 PM

tmetal13 said:
my hp pavilion n5430 wont boot it shows the windows xp home edition screen like its loading and then up pops a blue error screen that says unmountable boot volume and restarts the whole process again how can i fix this i ve tried to perform a chkdsk /r but i cant find out how ive looked in all the options



Your boot record is hosed. Insert your Windows cd and boot from that to fix the boot record. (Recovery console)
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December 18, 2011 9:20:27 PM

Unmountable boot volume is caused by damaged disk file system or sectors. That can damage the boot sector or more, so use the Recovery Console and try the fixmbr and or fixboot, and if it doesn't help, do a checkdsk following these instructions.

You've looked tried to run chkdsk in Safe Mode? If you haven't... press F8 and hold after the BIOS post and select Safe Mode.. once loged on run chkdsk from the command prompt following the instructions in this article.
http://www.updatexp.com/windows-xp-chkdsk.html

If you can't logon in Safe Mode, you will need the Windows XP installation CD to run the Recovery Console. You may have to first set the device boot sequence in the BIOS to boot from the CD, so when you insert the XP CD and boot the computer, if it doesn't show a prompt to boot from the CD pressing any key, set the BIOS according to the info in the included link and try again.

Once booting from the CD, access the Recovery Console following the instructions in the article on the third link... and once you´re in C.. type chkdsk /r

Set The System's Boot Device Sequence
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-pocket,1113...

How to Set BIOS to Boot from CDROM:
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom

How To Enter Windows XP Recovery Console in 6 easy steps
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ss/rconsole...

Chkdsk (Recovery Console)
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsc/p/chkdsk.htm
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