coaster101
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UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

I was recommended here from the CD/DVD devices area.

I turned on my computer today to find the blue screen of death stating "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME"
 
I have a Dimension 4500 desktop computer
 
I've tried running the chkdsk /r command and it freezes at 10%
 
Apparently I need a new hard drive but I'm completely lost here. I don't know which one to buy or how to go about installing it.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Could I use this hard drive?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5524373&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat107700050...

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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

Yes, that drive will work fine.
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coaster101
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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

So I would buy it, take the old one out, then how would I go about transferring files from the old hard drive to the new one?
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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

Once you've reloaded Windows, connect the failed drive in place of your CD/DVD drive. Then see what you can read - if the drive isn't too far gone, you may be able to recover some or all of your data.

If you can't read the drive at all, you'll then have to weigh the cost of data recovery.

I would strongly suggest buying an external hard drive and a copy of Acronis True Image for making backups in the future. The cost is low (as little as $100), far lower than data recovery (which can easily run $2,500+).
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coaster101
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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

I'm confused, do I connect the new hard drive and reload windows, or do that with the failed drive (I don't think I can do that since I can't get past the blue error screen)
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coaster101

First, you replace the failed hard drive, with the new drive, reload windows, install all the updates, etc, and after the system is working to your satisfaction, install the failed drive as the secondary and see if you can transfer the files to the new C:/ drive.

Bev.







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coaster101
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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

Do I need to buy a second cable or anything or will putting it in the second slot work?
 
Thanks for all the help!
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coaster101

There should be no need to buy a second IDE data cable.

This Manual may help.

Bev.








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coaster101
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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

Alright, I bought this:
 
But it's not big enough to fit disks... Will I have to use the old hard drive for reading disks or can I use an external drive I recently got for burning, etc.
 
Thanks. (new learner)
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coaster101
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Re: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

Alright, I've re-installed windows and the new hard drive, and I inserted the old one into the open bay. I connected it with the grey connector.
 
The computer recognizes it as disk drive "E", when I go to click on it, it asks if I want to format it. When I press OK, it goes on to a window that gives me several options, after pressing ok, it asks if it is sure I want to delete all files/data on the disk.
 
All I need to recover are "My Documents"
 
Any suggestions?
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