blue screen-unmountable boot volume error

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winthrup7

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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?

C) ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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

-w7
 

winthrup7

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Yes. Thank you for your prompt reply.
"Recovery Console-Chkdsk /r /p indicated there was an unrecoverable problem"

Any other suggestions?

-w7
 
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Better get that new drive and slave it. Installing a parallel XP may be more than the drive is going to tolerate. I'd make it spin as little as possible at this point.

If you want some actual drive diagnostics, be sure that SMART is turned on in your BIOS. That may give you some messages. And check the drive manufacturer's site for diagnostics.
 

winthrup7

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I ran the Hitachi (HDD Manufacturer) Fitness Test as well. Confirmed what we already knew: "Defective Device" There are corrupt sectors. Now just have to get the hardware so we can extract whatever data is left hopefully.

thx

-w7
 
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If it's any consolation, it happened to me and I recovered everything I had on the bad drive after I got a new one.

I definitely image my drive to an external drive now. That way I don't have to go through the heartache again later. haha
 
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