03-06-2009, 10:45 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
I'm trying to install a clean copy of Windows XP. I did a slow format of the drive. It got through the initial file copy stage just fine. When the machine reboot to go into the GUI portion of the set up, I got a BSOD - "Unmountable Boot Volume".
I ran chkdsk /p, and it said that the drive had some bad sectors. I then ran chkdsk /r to fix the sectors.
I restarted the machine and booted from the XP install CD again. I deleted the partition and created a new one, then did another slow format. This time, the machine got into the GUI, but hung at 39 minutes for about an hour.
I formatted again and tried to start over, but got the Unmountable Boot Volume error again.
Here is my system setup:
Mobo - MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V
RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
HDD - Western Digital Caviar 200GB IDE (unsure of model, i'll update when I get home)
Optical - IDE Optical Drive (unsure of model, i'll update when I get home)
These were the only devices that were connected at the time.
Here is some more background to my problem. A few months ago, a working rig started blue screening with "IRQ less than or equal" errors and another that I don't remember right now.
I tested the RAM and did a burn in on the CPU and both came out fine. I figured it was the motherboard, so I started saving for a new one (the MSI above). This board just came in and I installed it and now am getting these boot volume errors.
I've ordered a new HDD and a copy of Vista Ultimate (cheap bundle deal) in hopes that the hard drive is the only thing that is bad.
Any ideas from the symptoms I've described on what the problem might be?
Thanks in advance for any replies.