But it appears you are about to learn that brutal "lost XP CD" lesson.
My computer lost power when it was running chkdsk. It won't let me boot up because of this, giving me the "unmountable boot disk error". I think the only thing I need to do is run chkdsk from my A: drive but I can't figure out how to do this. This would normally not be too hard for me, but I am facing some unexpected dificulties:
1. The CD drive that I can boot to is broken, and has been for a while. The other drive I have works, but my bios won't let me boot to that.
2. I don't have any of my windows disks. Lost them.
I made an attempt at using a boot disk(from a friend's computer) with chkdsk copied onto it. This doesn't work, telling me "This program cannot be run in DOS mode".
Here are my resources:
1. A working cd drive. However, when I try to use it after I boot up on A: it simply says "Invalid drive specification". Perhaps I need drivers or something.
2. A 3.5" disk.
3. A USB Flash disk (1 GB).
4. A completely operational laptop. I can't plug in the hard drive to this, unfortunately--otherwise I would have tried to run chkdsk from there.
In the olden days I would have had enough time to tinker around long enough to fix this. Right now I don't. I realize that the solution to this problem would probably take a knowledgeable computer user about ten seconds to fix, but have not had time to maintain my computer skills in the last few years. I would appreciate any help greatly.
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