How come my Dell XPS is giving me an unmountable_boot_volume error?

by on October 12, 2009

Q: Dell xps 400 w/ unmountable_boot_volume however, the disc drive shut off 10 seconds after starting up. I can’t run the disc to fix UBV.


2 Responses to “How come my Dell XPS is giving me an unmountable_boot_volume error?”
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    Did you make any changes to your computer before this happened; hardware upgrades, new drivers, windows reinstall, etc?

    If this was totally out of the blue there could be a problem with your hard drive, so you should contacting dell about warranty support.

    To get to the data still on the drive you can try booting a CD bootable version of knoppix from http://www.knoppix.net this will allow you to copy off any important data from the drive. With your data safely removed you can try a fresh windows installation which should resolve the problem assuming there aren’t any hardware issues with the hard drive.

     
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    Additionally here are Microsoft’s details on this error in case they’re helpful at all: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297185