Solving the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
by Walt Stoneburner
"I really hate Microsoft error messages..."
When trying to install a Microsoft operating, whether Windows 2003 or
Windows XP, from DVD, you get an UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
screen of death. No matter what you try, it won't go away.
Your system definately meets the
Solution: It's Not What You Think
Microsoft has a
knowledge base article about the problem
naturally, you've tried it and it's completely useless.
The problem is that there's a read error, not necessarily a write
error. Furthermore, the problem may not be with the hard drive,
but is more likely with the device that has the source media.
In my case it was the DVD drive that was having read problems. CDs
worked, but something with a higher density, like a full DVD ROM
Replacing the DVD drive solved the problem.