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unmountable boot volume problem

by adnanchamkani / October 12, 2011 2:22 AM PDT

Dear All
I have a pIII system with 1000 GHZ processor. when i start windows xp setup. a blue death screen appears.
Unmountable Boot Volume

please someone help me to solve this problem.

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More details
by Willy / October 12, 2011 3:27 AM PDT

What do you mean by "setup"? Is this a std. boot or are trying to install XP? What else does the error msg. offer besides unmountable boot volume?

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unmountable boot volume during win xp setup
by adnanchamkani / October 13, 2011 2:23 AM PDT
In reply to: More details

dear Willy
This error occurs during the installation of win xp. please whats the problem....BIOS Setup?BIOS Cell? or any other...please help me.

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Reformat your HD, prepare it
by Willy / October 13, 2011 9:59 PM PDT

Make sure your HD is ready for use. Reformat it and initialize as well, so once done, you can place the OS discs to reformat prior to install. The reformat process also checks the HD to see if it's OK, if any problems then that's a time it will show. If none, then start the OS install procedure. I *assume* the OS is being installed by discs, so I work from that. Being an old PIII system, the HD maybe starting to become an issue, so its important to verify its OK to use. If the problem returns during the reboot after a successful OS install, I would simply use another HD to eliminate it as a cause. For now, I exclude any other h/w that may cause a BSOD, but if it more apparent what is causing that, then report back if a different error.

tada -----Willy Happy

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It's a common error.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2011 11:48 AM PDT

And being a common error you put that in google and see there is no single cause or cure. But at least you can try what others have tried.

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PS. Tell more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 2:26 AM PDT
In reply to: It's a common error.

I see you are seeing this when you try to install. Your post is void of detail. I'm encountering folk that find some old PC and are stumped how to install and you look inside to find no hard drive. The new to PC owner didn't know one was needed.

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May be bad CD/DVD-ROM
by PinkLed / December 10, 2012 4:36 AM PST

I know I am replying to an old thread but perhaps this will save others from spending the time searching for this answer like I did.

I had this exact same problem and I discovered that replacing the CD/DVD-ROM fixed the issue. After I did that I was able to successfully [re]install Windows XP.

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