Master boot record looks damaged
Posted on 2006-07-21
I have a PC that has ceased booting windows - it tries, then bluescreens with the 'unmountable boot volume' message. By "it tries" I mean that it shows the windows XP logo for a few seconds - which is obviously pulled from the drive - and then tanks.
I booted from a windows CD, and it wont see the install for a repair install. It notes the partition type as "unknown". It is that last clue that leads me to believe that the master boot record is tanked.
I am posting to see if people agree with me, and if so, is there a way to repair it without a reload/reformat? I would prefer to not have ot do that.
I do not know, but suspect that a power outage while the PC was on, did this.
Any thoughts, ask away. Anything I can run or do to narrow things down, just let me know!