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Inspiron 6000 problem?

My wife’s Dell Inspiron 6000 has ceased to start, coming up with a blue screen and a message saying unmountable boot volume. I know the HDD is fine. It’s XP that has screwed itself up.

How do I get the data off it? I have tried various Linux live CDs but none seems to allow me to access the data on the HDD and transfer it to networked storage.

Also, how do I initialise the on disk reformat/reinstall partition? I know there’s one there as it shows up as a 35gb hard drive and it’s actually a 40gb.
It’s an elderly Dell. I found the drive (a hitachi travelstar) is dated 2005. I know my wife has had the laptop for a couple of years and that it’s out of warranty. I’ve fixed several blue-screen errors before but this time it’ll show the XP progress bar but then comes up with a blue screen with the unmountable boot volume error.

Boot.ini file help BSOD?

Yes, another question in relation to my problem. when i boot up my windows xp machine, i contastly get the BSOD saying unmountable boot volume. I have checked all the wired inside and out of the machine, no good. So now i am looking at the boot.ini file via linux live cd to see the supposed problem. it saud:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition (Original)” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

(that was not copied and pasted, it was typed so there might be some typo’s or some spaces missing)

That BSOD i am told, it meant to signify that the boot.ini file does not match whats booting. I dont understand.

When booting, i get a screen saying
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (original)

so i don’t see the problem, is there somthing wrong with my boot.ini file?!
Thankyou
I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THERE ARE …’s IN THIS QUESTION. I DID NOT TYPE THE …’s THEY ARE NOT IN MY BOOT.INI FILE

Inspiron 6000 problem?

My wife’s Dell Inspiron 6000 has ceased to start, coming up with a blue screen and a message saying unmountable boot volume. I know the HDD is fine. It’s XP that has screwed itself up.

How do I get the data off it? I have tried various Linux live CDs but none seems to allow me to access the data on the HDD and transfer it to networked storage.

Also, how do I initialise the on disk reformat/reinstall partition? I know there’s one there as it shows up as a 35gb hard drive and it’s actually a 40gb.
It’s an elderly Dell. I found the drive (a hitachi travelstar) is dated 2005. I know my wife has had the laptop for a couple of years and that it’s out of warranty. I’ve fixed several blue-screen errors before but this time it’ll show the XP progress bar but then comes up with a blue screen with the unmountable boot volume error.