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Trouble reinstalling Windows XP

 
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sijie123



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:05 am    Post subject: Trouble reinstalling Windows XP Reply with quote

Hi, my desktop computer recently was unable to boot up. At the startup screen (immediately after the Windows logo), there will be a blue screen error: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME and my pc will refuse to startup. Therefore, i tried safe mode and "Last known good configuration" but to no avail. Next, i decided to reinstall Windows. I have a pirated Rolling Eyes windows xp SP2. When i tried to install it, the pc shows these messages: "Press any key to boot from CD". When i tried to boot from it, I get "Setup is inspecting your current computer's hardware configuration". Next, the computer restarts itself and the whole sequence repeats itself. I tried to use all sorts of methods found on the web but to no avail. I even downloaded boot disks but i could not even start up the computer. Also, i did something silly as i "deleted" the partition which Windows was on previously. Now, the "best" result I ever got was "There is not enough space on your hard disk" or something, an error that tells me that i do not even have 400 mb left on my hard disk. This is absurd as I have like at least 3 GB left on my hard disk. My computer also has no DVD drive so i cannot install Windows 7. Can you help me think of a solution?
P.S. This PC is not the one that had the virus (Refer to "Virus attack, yet again") Also, sorry if my computer is a bit old, its 10 years.

My PC specs.
Processor: 933 MHz
Ram: 256MB
Optical Drives: CD-rom and ethernet modem drive
Previous Windows OS: Windows XP SP2 (pirated)
Sorry about the fact that i am using a pirated windows... Rolling Eyes Embarassed Embarassed
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surreypcsupport.com



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happens when you choose the option to do a full format of the drive?

You could check your hard drive vendors site. Often they provide DOS based diagnostics tools which can check the integrity of your hard drive.
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sijie123



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

surreypcsupport.com wrote:
What happens when you choose the option to do a full format of the drive?


How to do so? I can't even boot up my computer and I can't run the boot-up disk for Windows XP.
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surreypcsupport.com



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sijie123 wrote:
surreypcsupport.com wrote:
What happens when you choose the option to do a full format of the drive?


How to do so? I can't even boot up my computer and I can't run the boot-up disk for Windows XP.


Do you get as far as choosing the partition to install windows on?

If not then download the diagnostics for your hard drive and run that.
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sijie123



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, i do not get that far. Anyway, where and how do I download the hard disk checker? Can it run in DOS mode, since i cant even boot up my computer?
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sijie123



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bump

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surreypcsupport.com



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the HDD diags run from a boot disk. You need to find out what HDD you have of course.

PS, I didn't reply cos I haven't been on this site since Monday.
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demdike



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

boot from the windows CD, go to the recovery console and run chkdsk /r.

After that you may need to run fixboot and foxmbr
With luck if the drive is not too corrupted you should be able to get it working

If not its a reformat needed - assuming the drive has not failed
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demdike



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that should have read fixboot and fixmbr
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