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XP Unmountable Boot Volume??

by calboy1054 / December 10, 2011 11:46 AM PST

I have an windows XP with SP3 installed that has gone into "Re-Boot" mode that will not accept the normal answer of trying to boot off the XP CD.
I'm getting the following error: "Unmountable Boot Error" with every re-boot it tries to do but inserting the XP starting CD to do an "R" recovery consule doesn't solve the problem because I never get to any screen that I can ask/tell this computer what I want to fix/change??
Is doing a complete re-install from the original XP CD my only option while running the chance that I will wipe out all my existing files?? Or is there another way to get around this???

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You can do an . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 10, 2011 12:12 PM PST

"over the top" reinstall. This means XP will boot from the CD, then install without formatting the drive. All files and folders are left alone. But you must boot from the CD. When you do this all operating system files are written over with the original on the CD.

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You did that R but did you
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2011 12:08 AM PST

Did you CHKDSK that disk?

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