As of today, I'm unable to boot Windows 7. Right after the Windows flag logo, I get a BSOD with the error: unmountable_boot_volume. When I run diagnostics I get the error mentioned in the title.
I've tried several things, including Windows 7 repair, diskpart, chkdsk and sfc scannow in the install cd cmd prompt and changing the BIOS settings. Unfortunately, neither of those things worked.
To elaborate a bit on the things I've tried: I tried Windows repair from the install cd as well as the 'normal' one (one of the two options, which you get when something went wrong and you reinstall your system). In the first case the system only shows a hanging blue background and in the latter case I get a hanging black background.The diskpart command only shows the first three lines, i.e. it doesn't show DISKPART> which allows you to give further commands. The chkdsk does nothing and reports that the hard drive is write protected. The scf command reports that the repair is pending (presumably because the install disk is running) and asks you to restart your PC (which doesn't help). I also played around with a few boot settings, including the boot priorities.
I'm highly suspecting that the drive is failing and that I'll need to recover the data and replace the drive. However, I want to be 100% sure before I undertake such actions. I hope anyone can help me out.. thanks!
Error 0146 indicates a failed/failing hard drive or bad drive sector. Basically, this means your hard drive will need to be replaced.Bev.
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Alright, do you think I'll be able to recover the data? I heard some people mention that if your HD shows up in the BIOS your data can be recovered.. To me it sounds somewhat illogical but I'm not sure.
Even if the drive is recognized in the system setup, there's no way of knowing if the data can be recovered, all you can do, is try!
One of the easier methods saving the data from a failed system is to remove the hard drive and use a USB 2.0, SATA, adaptor similar to THIS and connect the hard drive to working computer and see if you can transfer the files and folders.
If this fails to work, then you would need the services of a Data Recovery Company, to recover the files and this can be very expensive.
Note: Only data files can be transfered, any applications, utlities and programs, need to be reinstalled from their CD's, or downloaded from the publisher's website.
Ok, I bought a case and restored the file system with checkdisk: It seems like I've successfully restored the data :D
I have a Dell Inspiron 2200 and I'm on my 2nd hard drive. (It now runs on a WD 160GB drive that I installed about 3 years ago.) I went to boot up yesterday and got the lovely black screen with flashing cursor, and when I ran the Dell diagnostic from the F2 menu, I also got the dreaded "DST Short Test: FAIL / Error: 1000-0146" code. I inserted a CD ROM that a friend gave me that contained a program called Windows MiniPE, and it contains a bunch of diagnostic tools. One of which is disk defrag program. WORKED LIKE A CHARM!! I am now up & running again! So, before you "throw out the baby with the bath water", or in this case the hard drive, do yourself a big favor and get a hold of this "MiniPE" program on CD-ROM! Perhaps you can find it online somewhere, download it, and then burn it to a disc? Worth its weight in gold!!!