View Full Version : INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE - not good?

10-10-2007, 10:56 AM

Relevant stuff
Windows 2000 - fully updated and working fairly well until now
System disk is NTFS

Probably not relevant but I will mention it
has been in dual boot configuration with various linux distros, have recently installed SUSE 10.3 as my linux but everthing was working fine till today

This morning on booting into windows I got one of those digital signature not known dialogs that pop-up everynow and then when you install something, I cancelled it, it popped up again and so on until I clicked OK it was mentioning "volume" which I took to mean a hard drive , it then said I needed to reboot, I rebooted and got presented with that screen
eg it boots to the windows splash screen with the progress bar at about halfway across then


with the usual goobbledygook

I had a read of the microsoft site an it wasn't massively helpful, I don't want to have to do a re-install or kill the boot partition and lose access to my linux side (where I am now)

So any help would be appreciated

Speedy Gonzales
10-10-2007, 11:39 AM
Is this one of the sites you went to ? (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/122926)

What kind of hdd is it? IDE or SATA?

Have you done a check with the hdd maker's utilties / hdd tools ?

I would slave it to a working system, and scan for viruses.

10-10-2007, 11:57 AM
Ide drive,

the linux partition is on the same drive so i had assumed that would rule out a boot sector virus as that would effect grub (wouldn't it), i didn't even think of using the hdd makers utilities,

The drive is a st380011a I'll have a read up on the seatools for dos utility and give it a try

10-10-2007, 12:46 PM
Nah.....just do a chkdsk on it.

10-10-2007, 01:14 PM
Pardon my complete ignorance but does that work on ntfs formatted disks

10-10-2007, 01:20 PM
Sure does. :cool:

10-10-2007, 03:15 PM
Okey doke I am back I ran seatools on it and the harddrive came through fine

I ran chkdisk /p and it detected an error so I am currently running
chkdsk /r

argh i am using the wifes l;aptop to type this Windows XP with 256 mb of ram (shared with the graphics card), **** it's painful

10-10-2007, 03:31 PM
I should also mention the error message is telling me to run
chkdsk /f
but that doesn't seem to be available when I run chkdsk /? I only see /p or /r as optional switches

Also tried running fixboot but that made no difference

chkdsk /p is not seeing any errors anymore so I assume it has been fixed

Still getting the inaccessible boot device error though

10-10-2007, 03:46 PM
run chkdsk /r

/r does what /f does and more

10-10-2007, 03:59 PM
run chkdsk /r

/r does what /f does and more

Already done

still the same issue

Gave up and tried the emergency repair on the 2K cd but even that didn't help


10-10-2007, 04:26 PM
OK I have just managed to boot into windows using debugging mode, everything is going crazy
IE continuosly crashes, Outlook is poked, I am not sure if this is malicious or the fact the emergency repair has replaced a lot of files with their original versions, PC-Cillin keeps telling me it is clashing with something and then closes and that bloody Digital Signature not Found thing is back

What the heck is debugging mode

I am currently trying to run a scan of the harddrive

10-10-2007, 04:32 PM
chkdsk /p/r

Malware scans

Then, if none of that helps, and the HDD is fine, check RAM.

10-10-2007, 07:31 PM
The system will only boot if I log in with the option set to debugging mode

fixmbr seems to do nothing whatsoever, I ran it it said it was going to do something did it then I rebooted and grub came up, so i am guessing it didn't work

Speedy Gonzales
10-10-2007, 07:56 PM
Check the boot.ini file, and see if its got the /debug switch in it.

Or something thats not meant to be there.