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WinXP Unmountable_boot_volume and cannot run the recovery console

By 19giugno
Nov 26, 2007
  1. Hi there,
    on my laptop (Compaq nc6320 Windows XP SP 2), at start up, I have got a BSOD Unmountable_boot_volume (0x8A1CF8D0, 0xC0000185, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). I have tried to start in all the possible ways, but everytime, even is safe mode, I have the same error.

    I have tried then the Recovery Console solution, but when I press R from the WIN XP Set UP, it says that it cannot find any hard drive... even if I press ENTER to try and install again the OS, it says the same thing.

    Any suggestion?

    Regards,
    D.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Your hard drive is dead... Install a new one and restore your laptop
     
  3. 19giugno

    19giugno TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Hi Tmagic650, so no chance at all? Do you think I will be able to retrieve data from it?

    Regards,
    D.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You might be able to install the bad drive in an external USB enclosure and get the data off, once you have your computer up and running again.

    You could take it to a Data Recovery Service
     
  5. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    I just repaired a laptop with the same error. No guarantees but I used Bart PE CD to boot the computer then ran Checkdisk from the menu and was able to get the computer up and running again with no issues. Worth a try!
     
  6. 19giugno

    19giugno TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Hi Fastco, thanks for your reply, I will give it at try later today. I am a bit concerned because the Windows XP installation disk says that there is no hard disk on the system...

    Regards,
    D.
     
  7. 19giugno

    19giugno TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Hi there,
    unfortunately Bart PE cannot see the hard drive too...

    I am done.

    Regards,
    D.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So a new drive and a XP install disc is needed...
     
  9. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    BartPE didn't see it for me either until I ran Checkdisk from the BartPE disk.. Try it..
     
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