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25-Sep-2009, 11:06 AM #1
HELP!! - unmountable boot volume - no command prompt
Can anyone help - I have the "unmountable boot volume" message - referred to several help forums and the windows site and it said to run chkdsk in recovery - did that and I never got back to a comomand prompt - left it all night - no indication that the computer was even running check disk I restarted and hit f12 to get to the system setup

Now when I get into the recovery - no command prompt comes up at all

Any suggestions on my next steps -

Thanks so much -
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25-Sep-2009, 02:33 PM #3
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Now when I get into the recovery - no command prompt comes up at all
To get into the Recovery Console, you have to boot from the XP CD, unless you have installed the Recovery Console on your hard drive.

Are you booting from the CD?
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26-Sep-2009, 01:30 PM #4
I am booting from cd and get into recovery console, but after that I just have the black instruction screen and no command prompt, no cursor, nothing...

the first time I did and and I ran chkdsk /r, but nothing happened at all
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26-Sep-2009, 04:01 PM #5
If you dont want to waste too much time on this, may i suggest taking to hard drive out and connecting it to a different computer.. go through the folders and save what you want. your issue is not hardware based but soft, and when i get to the point of wasting time i REBUILD. save what you want then reformat and reinstall Windows,, you will no longer get that error.
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26-Sep-2009, 04:14 PM #6
Do you have a SATA or SCSI harddrive?

The Recovery Console needs a F6 disk for the sata/scsi controller drivers if they have not been included on the XP disc by your OEM.
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26-Sep-2009, 04:20 PM #7
No mate.... this error is a windows error nothing more.. its not depentant on drivers at this stage of the boot cycle.
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26-Sep-2009, 07:31 PM #8
yikes - rebuild?? - no other options - do i have to take the hard drive out of the other computer to do this?
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26-Sep-2009, 08:49 PM #9
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I am booting from cd and get into recovery console, but after that I just have the black instruction screen and no command prompt, no cursor, nothing...

the first time I did and and I ran chkdsk /r, but nothing happened at all
Are you being asked to enter the Administrator password?
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yikes - rebuild?? - no other options - do i have to take the hard drive out of the other computer to do this?

NO.

But if you've got data to save then yes. put it in an enclosure and hook it up to a different machine. save your stuff then rebuild.
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29-Sep-2009, 10:51 AM #11
it appears that I have a hard drive problem/possibly failure - found my dell diagnostics disk and my error messages were SATA ... timed out waiting for IRQ

failed several hard drive tests - any way to recover data from this drive before i replace it?
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29-Sep-2009, 10:53 AM #12
after finally finding a dell diagnostics disk - it appears my hard drive has failed all error messages indicate "FAIL" - any possible way of recoevering data from it before i replace - have not backed up this month and there are some pics on it I really would like to recover
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