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Boot.ini has disappeared!

by cou2rier / June 22, 2008 9:52 AM PDT

Hello, Everyone. I have a problem and I hope someone can help. A storm knocked out my electricity and caused a "unmountable boot volume" error. I only have a recovery console disk, but I've run chkdsk, fixboot, and fixmbr to no avail. Then I ran bootcfg and not boot file is found.

Is there anyway for me to fix this problem without waiting for HP to send me disks (considering they should have come with my computer to begin with?). I've tried everything I can think of and have wasted an entire day off on this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm dealing with an HP Pavilion running XP.

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This is grim. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2008 9:57 AM PDT

Your supplied OS does not come with the tools to fix this issue in the same manner as Microsoft documents. Call HP and have them tell you how to repair this modified OEM version of XP.

About "considering they should have come with my computer to begin with?" All ours did. But we had to create them. I wonder if this is another system where the owner decided they should come with the system?

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Thanks... sort of
by cou2rier / June 22, 2008 10:51 AM PDT

Thank you, but there really isn't any reason to be ugly to me. Just because I didn't know to make my own copy of the program doesn't mean I'm in any way beneath you. If you find me so lacking, why respond? You could have just saved yourself the time - but then, I suppose, you wouldn't have had the chance to make someone feel stupid, would you?

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Sorry you took it that way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2008 12:07 PM PDT
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I wanted to see if this was one of those repeating issues and to let you know that you don't want to let HP off the hook on how to fix this issue.

My bet is they'll have you wipe and install the OS. We have other posts on how to save your files by slipping the drive into other machines and more. Tell us if you need ideas about that.

-> In closing, I collect member's reasons for passing up recovery media creation. I meant no malice in asking about that. If you feel it was mean to ask just say so.

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