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Can't boot into Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Andrew Stucken, May 17, 2010.

  1. Andrew Stucken

    Andrew Stucken Flightless Bird

    I cannot boot into Windows XP.

    I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.

    I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    prematurely.

    How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    that there is no master boot record.
     
  2. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    it sounds like "boot
    looping"

    you will need to use
    or borrow a xp install
    cd and boot with it.

    then select repair and
    launch the recovery console.

    then at the disk prompt
    type the following commands>:

    chkdsk /r
    fixboot

    then exit, remove cd and
    try to boot the hard drive
    again.

    incidentally, sometimes
    the message about the
    boot sector pops up.

    in which case follow the
    steps above and use the
    fixmbr command.

    "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    >
    > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as
    > Safe
    > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the
    > beginning,
    > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    >
    > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to
    > burn
    > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > prematurely.
    >
    > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console
    > commands
    > that there is no master boot record.
     
  3. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    >
    > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as
    > Safe
    > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the
    > beginning,
    > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    >
    > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to
    > burn
    > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > prematurely.
    >
    > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console
    > commands
    > that there is no master boot record.


    Did you happen to shut it down while updates were being installed? If
    you're sure the MBR is screwed open a command prompt and type "fixmbr."
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On May 17, 2:17 pm, Andrew Stucken <Andrew
    Stuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    >
    > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    >
    > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > prematurely.
    >
    > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > that there is no master boot record.


    If your system is having some fatal error, it is probably telling you
    the reason but Windows is restarting before you can see it. That is
    the default Windows system behavior - if the boot fails, keep trying
    to boot.

    From the F8 boot options menu you should choose:

    Disable automatic restart on system failure

    Choosing to disable automatic restart on system failure will stop the
    process when the error occurs and display an informative message from
    which you will be able to determine the problem and then fix it.

    Depending on the nature of the problem, you will see the same cycle
    even if you try to boot in Safe Mode.

    You do not need to use or borrow an XP installation CD to boot into
    Recovery Console. You can make your own bootable XP Recovery Console
    CD if you follow these fine directions:

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic276527.html

    From there you can run chkdsk /r if desired.

    If you don't know what the problem is, I suppose you could just start
    trying things.
     
  5. Anonamoose

    Anonamoose Flightless Bird

    This is often the sign of a failing power supply.
    If you have any kind of boot CD and cannot boot your computer from the CD it
    is most likely the power supply.
     
  6. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Huh ?

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    Peter

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    "Anonamoose" <aetoo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ekGldgg9KHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > This is often the sign of a failing power supply.
    > If you have any kind of boot CD and cannot boot your computer from the CD it is
    > most likely the power supply.
     
  7. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Andrew

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
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    "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    >I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    >
    > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    >
    > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > prematurely.
    >
    > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > that there is no master boot record.
     
  8. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Did you lose your marbles?
    "Anonamoose" <aetoo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ekGldgg9KHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > This is often the sign of a failing power supply.
    > If you have any kind of boot CD and cannot boot your computer from the CD
    > it is most likely the power supply.
     
  9. Andrew Stucken

    Andrew Stucken Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the replies so far.

    A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed the check - got
    as far as 75%.

    Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    Information:

    STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?

    TIA

    Andrew



    "Peter Foldes" wrote:

    > Andrew
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545
    >
    > --
    > Peter
    >
    > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > http://www.microsoft.com/protect
    >
    > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    > >
    > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    > >
    > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > prematurely.
    > >
    > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > that there is no master boot record.

    >
    > .
    >
     
  10. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "Andrew Stucken" wrote:

    > Thanks for the replies so far.
    >
    > A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed the check - got
    > as far as 75%.
    >
    > Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    > with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    > Information:
    >
    > STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
    >
    > Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Andrew
    >
    >



    Looks like you may need a new hard drive. See the following link:

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com.../thread/e36f8845-7856-4432-94b2-b8a69a33c407/

    Go to the website of the maker of your hard drive and download their disk
    checking utilities. Burn to CD. Boot from the utility CD and let it check the
    drive. If it fails the test, replace the drive. Pray that you have a backup
    image of your system. Let us know how the test goes.


    >
    > "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    >
    > > Andrew
    > >
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545
    > >
    > > --
    > > Peter
    > >
    > > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/protect
    > >
    > > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    > > >
    > > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    > > >
    > > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > > prematurely.
    > > >
    > > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > > that there is no master boot record.

    > >
    > > .
    > >
     
  11. Andrew Stucken

    Andrew Stucken Flightless Bird

    Is the data corrupt and therefore requirring a re-installation or is the hard
    disk dead?

    I am gertting a fail and return code 7 when I run the disk diagnostics.

    Is reinstalling Windows going to be enough here?




    "Mark
    Adams" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Andrew Stucken" wrote:
    >
    > > Thanks for the replies so far.
    > >
    > > A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed the check - got
    > > as far as 75%.
    > >
    > > Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    > > with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    > > Information:
    > >
    > > STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
    > >
    > > Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?
    > >
    > > TIA
    > >
    > > Andrew
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    > Looks like you may need a new hard drive. See the following link:
    >
    > http://social.answers.microsoft.com.../thread/e36f8845-7856-4432-94b2-b8a69a33c407/
    >
    > Go to the website of the maker of your hard drive and download their disk
    > checking utilities. Burn to CD. Boot from the utility CD and let it check the
    > drive. If it fails the test, replace the drive. Pray that you have a backup
    > image of your system. Let us know how the test goes.
    >
    >
    > >
    > > "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Andrew
    > > >
    > > > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Peter
    > > >
    > > > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > > > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > > > http://www.microsoft.com/protect
    > > >
    > > > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > > > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    > > > >
    > > > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    > > > >
    > > > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > > > prematurely.
    > > > >
    > > > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > > > that there is no master boot record.
    > > >
    > > > .
    > > >
     
  12. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On May 18, 10:43 am, Andrew Stucken
    <AndrewStuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > Thanks for the replies so far.
    >
    > A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed  the check - got
    > as far as 75%.
    >
    > Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    > with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    > Information:
    >
    > STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
    >
    > Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Andrew
    >
    >
    >
    > "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    > > Andrew

    >
    > >http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545

    >
    > > --
    > > Peter

    >
    > > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > >http://www.microsoft.com/protect

    >
    > > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.

    >
    > > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.

    >
    > > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > > prematurely.

    >
    > > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > > that there is no master boot record.

    >
    > > .


    There - now you know something with your BSOD.

    The registry fix will not help you at all and it is not appropriate
    for the problem you describe.

    You need to be patient with chkdsk /r. It could take a long time and
    appear to hang or even appear to go backwards in percentage. You need
    to wait it out.

    The chkdsk /r will finish - or if it cannot finish, it will abort and
    complain about something.

    It doesn't make sense to do anything else until chkdsk /r finishes
    siccessfully, but you can sure try things if you want.
     
  13. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "Andrew Stucken" wrote:

    > Is the data corrupt and therefore requirring a re-installation or is the hard
    > disk dead?
    >
    > I am gertting a fail and return code 7 when I run the disk diagnostics.
    >
    > Is reinstalling Windows going to be enough here?
    >
    >



    I would say the disk needs to be replaced. If you have an image of your
    system saved to an external drive, buy a new one and restore the image to the
    new drive and you'll be back in business.

    If you don't have an image to recover from, be prepared for a lot more work.
    Take the old drive out and put it in a USB enclosure, or slave it into a host
    machine. If the drive works enough that you can read it; copy all of your
    data, email, and browser bookmarks to the host machine. If the drive won't
    run, or can't be read, you can send it to a data recovery service and they
    can try to recover your data. This is very expensive, be ready to spend
    several hundreds of dollars.
    Once you have your data, find all of your software application installation
    media. Go buy a new disk; now is a good time to upgrade to a much larger one.
    Reinstall Windows:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Install the drivers, Service Packs and updates for Windows, reinstall your
    applications, and copy your data back.

    You'll be back in business in less time that it takes to restore that image.
    ;-)


    >
    >
    > "Mark
    > Adams" wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Andrew Stucken" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Thanks for the replies so far.
    > > >
    > > > A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed the check - got
    > > > as far as 75%.
    > > >
    > > > Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    > > > with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    > > > Information:
    > > >
    > > > STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
    > > >
    > > > Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?
    > > >
    > > > TIA
    > > >
    > > > Andrew
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >
    > > Looks like you may need a new hard drive. See the following link:
    > >
    > > http://social.answers.microsoft.com.../thread/e36f8845-7856-4432-94b2-b8a69a33c407/
    > >
    > > Go to the website of the maker of your hard drive and download their disk
    > > checking utilities. Burn to CD. Boot from the utility CD and let it check the
    > > drive. If it fails the test, replace the drive. Pray that you have a backup
    > > image of your system. Let us know how the test goes.
    > >
    > >
    > > >
    > > > "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Andrew
    > > > >
    > > > > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545
    > > > >
    > > > > --
    > > > > Peter
    > > > >
    > > > > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > > > > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > > > > http://www.microsoft.com/protect
    > > > >
    > > > > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stucken@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > > > news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > > > > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > > > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > > > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > > > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > > > > prematurely.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > > > > that there is no master boot record.
    > > > >
    > > > > .
    > > > >
     
  14. Andrew Stucken

    Andrew Stucken Flightless Bird

    Thanks Jose - I meanwhile ran western dsigital diagnostics for my hard disk
    and got the message "Drive Not Ready Error Status Code 0104" . the comouter
    repair guy said "the hard disk is broken get a new one". is he right?


    "Jose" wrote:

    > On May 18, 10:43 am, Andrew Stucken
    > <AndrewStuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > > Thanks for the replies so far.
    > >
    > > A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed the check - got
    > > as far as 75%.
    > >
    > > Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    > > with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    > > Information:
    > >
    > > STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
    > >
    > > Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?
    > >
    > > TIA
    > >
    > > Andrew
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    > > > Andrew

    > >
    > > >http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545

    > >
    > > > --
    > > > Peter

    > >
    > > > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > > > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > > >http://www.microsoft.com/protect

    > >
    > > > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > >news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > > > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.

    > >
    > > > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.

    > >
    > > > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > > > prematurely.

    > >
    > > > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > > > that there is no master boot record.

    > >
    > > > .

    >
    > There - now you know something with your BSOD.
    >
    > The registry fix will not help you at all and it is not appropriate
    > for the problem you describe.
    >
    > You need to be patient with chkdsk /r. It could take a long time and
    > appear to hang or even appear to go backwards in percentage. You need
    > to wait it out.
    >
    > The chkdsk /r will finish - or if it cannot finish, it will abort and
    > complain about something.
    >
    > It doesn't make sense to do anything else until chkdsk /r finishes
    > siccessfully, but you can sure try things if you want.
    >
    > .
    >
     
  15. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On May 20, 6:05 am, Andrew Stucken
    <AndrewStuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > Thanks Jose - I meanwhile ran western dsigital diagnostics for my hard disk
    > and got the message "Drive Not Ready Error Status Code 0104" . the comouter
    > repair guy said "the hard disk is broken get a new one". is he right?
    >
    >
    >
    > "Jose" wrote:
    > > On May 18, 10:43 am, Andrew Stucken
    > > <AndrewStuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > > > Thanks for the replies so far.

    >
    > > > A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed  the check - got
    > > > as far as 75%.

    >
    > > > Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opfDeath"
    > > > with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    > > > Information:

    >
    > > > STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    >
    > > > Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?

    >
    > > > TIA

    >
    > > > Andrew

    >
    > > > "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    > > > > Andrew

    >
    > > > >http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545

    >
    > > > > --
    > > > > Peter

    >
    > > > > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > > > > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    > > > >http://www.microsoft.com/protect

    >
    > > > > "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > > >news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    > > > > >I cannot boot into Windows XP.

    >
    > > > > > I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    > > > > > Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    > > > > > the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.

    >
    > > > > > I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    > > > > > a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    > > > > > prematurely.

    >
    > > > > > How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    > > > > > that there is no master boot record.

    >
    > > > > .

    >
    > > There - now you know something with your BSOD.

    >
    > > The registry fix will not help you at all and it is not appropriate
    > > for the problem you describe.

    >
    > > You need to be patient with chkdsk /r.  It could take a long time and
    > > appear to hang or even appear to go backwards in percentage.  You need
    > > to wait it out.

    >
    > > The chkdsk /r will finish - or if it cannot finish, it will abort and
    > > complain about something.

    >
    > > It doesn't make sense to do anything else until chkdsk /r finishes
    > > siccessfully, but you can sure try things if you want.

    >
    > > .


    I don't know if Mr. Computer Repair Guy is right, but I would say if
    the drive does not pass manufacturer diagnostics it is probably
    kaput. Mr. Computer Repair Guy could just be trying to sell you a new
    drive and some labor hours too. WD has a user forum for questions and
    that is where the experts on WD drive diagnostics probably hang out.
    They know all these things.

    If you can get it to pass chkdsk /r from Recovery Console (maybe it
    will take a few attempts), you can most likely fix your non booting
    issue - if it used to boot. I have never, never, never reinstalled XP
    to fix a non booting issue on a drive that will pass chkdsk /r from
    Recovery Console. If it passes, I believe you can fix it.

    If it was me, I think I would be compelled to try to get it to work (I
    don't give up easily) and if I could not, I would get a new drive, put
    XP on it and add the old drive into my configuration as a slave and
    try to salvage off any personal stuff and rebuild your computer life
    on the new drive - if there is any information left after diagnostics
    (some are destructive to the HDD data). Eventually, as you discover
    things that are missing and move them over, your new drive will have
    all the stuff on it you need from your old drive.

    I have an old 40GB drive that used to be my main XP drive that
    starting misbehaving and would not pass chkdsk /r, so I got a new
    drive and made the old one a slave for mostly a PDF repository and
    other junk. It is still running fine, but sometimes will not pass a
    chkdsk /r so I just don't run chkdsk on it anymore and told XP not to
    run chkdsk on it either. Someday I guess it will just poop out on me
    but there is nothing there I could not stand to lose. I would just
    say Awww, shucks and pout, but not weep.
     
  16. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Andrew Stucken wrote:
    > Thanks Jose - I meanwhile ran western dsigital diagnostics for my hard disk
    > and got the message "Drive Not Ready Error Status Code 0104" . the comouter
    > repair guy said "the hard disk is broken get a new one". is he right?


    Error codes are listed here.

    http://support.wdc.com/techinfo/general/errorcodes.asp

    "104 Drive Not Ready

    The drive did not properly respond to test commands.
    This may be due to a defect with the drive or the drive
    may not have responded properly due to a bad connection.
    Check cabling and retest. Replace the drive if the error
    repeats.

    The thing is, if the drive truly wasn't ready, the diagnostic would not have
    found it in the first place. (A drive will fail to be detected,
    if it doesn't start up successfully. A lot of things have to work,
    before the drive will even acknowledge the outside world.)

    The test program issued a command and the drive did not respond
    in the proper way. If could be a cabling problem. Or it could be
    the drive hanging up, on the very first command issued to it.

    Check to see if the test program generates a "log file". Perhaps
    you can tell from the sequence of tests performed, what is happening,
    and determine the problem by its context.

    Paul

    >
    >
    > "Jose" wrote:
    >
    >> On May 18, 10:43 am, Andrew Stucken
    >> <AndrewStuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>> Thanks for the replies so far.
    >>>
    >>> A little feedback: I ran checkisk /r but it never completed the check - got
    >>> as far as 75%.
    >>>
    >>> Meanhile after disabling automatic restart I get the "Blue Screen opf Death"
    >>> with the following error message: "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and Technical
    >>> Information:
    >>>
    >>> STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A553030), 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
    >>>
    >>> Does this still mean that I need the registry fix?
    >>>
    >>> TIA
    >>>
    >>> Andrew
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Peter Foldes" wrote:
    >>>> Andrew
    >>>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q307545
    >>>> --
    >>>> Peter
    >>>> Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    >>>> Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >>>> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
    >>>> "Andrew Stucken" <Andrew Stuc...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:B83076BB-DCDF-49DC-A61C-CC4A7B2DCCB6@microsoft.com...
    >>>>> I cannot boot into Windows XP.
    >>>>> I get as far as the screen which offers various startup options such as Safe
    >>>>> Mode etc. It then keep going round in circles - returning to the beginning,
    >>>>> the BIOS initiating, but never as far as Windows loading.
    >>>>> I don't understand how this happened - the issue arise after I tried to burn
    >>>>> a picture to CD, and the process got stuck. I think that I removed the CD
    >>>>> prematurely.
    >>>>> How can I get Windows to boot? It seems from using Recovery Console commands
    >>>>> that there is no master boot record.
    >>>> .

    >> There - now you know something with your BSOD.
    >>
    >> The registry fix will not help you at all and it is not appropriate
    >> for the problem you describe.
    >>
    >> You need to be patient with chkdsk /r. It could take a long time and
    >> appear to hang or even appear to go backwards in percentage. You need
    >> to wait it out.
    >>
    >> The chkdsk /r will finish - or if it cannot finish, it will abort and
    >> complain about something.
    >>
    >> It doesn't make sense to do anything else until chkdsk /r finishes
    >> siccessfully, but you can sure try things if you want.
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     

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