power-cut chaos


BigJay

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Hi gang,

Yesterday, while sat at my PC, the house was hit by a power-cut, lasting just a second.

Since then it has refused to boot-up. It gets to the xp loading screen, then I get a quick glimps of the 'ole blue screen of death, then it tries to re-boot again.
I cant see what the blue screen says as it is gone to soon.

What do you think the most likely problem will be?
 
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Could be many many things

Corrupted MBR?

Try recording the blue screen with a mobile phone camera or camcorder as it boots that might help someone identify problem easier :)
 

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Good thinking Batman!

I think is says 'unmountable boot volume'

where do I go next?
 

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Hi there BigJay, sorry to hear about your power-cut. :(

I have found some info HERE with steps for fixing the Unmountable Boot Volume error, assuming it to be caused by a damaged BOOT.INI file(?)

You might want to see whether the experts here have other suggestions first though. :)
 

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Do you have any luck booting in safe mode?

You could try a full repair install from the XP CD if Taffycat's fixboot suggestion doesn't to the trick. :)
 

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Ian Cunningham said:
Do you have any luck booting in safe mode?

You could try a full repair install from the XP CD if Taffycat's fixboot suggestion doesn't to the trick. :)

I have tried booting in safe mode but the outcome was the same.
Sadly, during my move, we managed to lose my XP cd, so that is not an option.
Could I repair with any XP cd, not my original? would it make sense to upgrade to a different os at this time?
 
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BigJay said:
Could I repair with any XP cd, not my original? would it make sense to upgrade to a different os at this time?

Yep, any XP CD will do the trick :)

Depending on your PC specs, it may be a good time to upgrade to Windows 7 :thumb:
 

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Go Win7! Wont be disappointed.

PC Specs?
 

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No luck with with recovery of xp, but I have managed to recover intems off the hd thanks to a data recovery program.
So I now intend to purchase a new internal hd and maybe a new operating system...but the cost of a new os will hinder the money for my new hd.
I'd rather a bigger, faster hd than a newer os.

Your thoughts please....
 

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V_R said:
How much you wanna spend?
Well your question is now a little redundant!.......as I have just ordered a Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB SataII and MSW 7 Pro.:)
 
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lol, fair enough. F3's are good, i have one myself. :)
 

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