The Problem I turn on the laptop, I get past the bit with the Windows XP logo and the scrolling blue bar. Then I get a blue screen saying that a problem has been detected and Windows has shut down to prevent damage to my computer. The error is 'UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME'. The fixes I have tried I thought that I would try to boot into Safe Mode. I get the same error. I tried to get into the recovery console so I could use /fixmbr or /chkdsk as suggested in this Microsoft Help & Support Article. I've tried forcing the laptop to boot from CD both by changing the boot sequence in the BIOS and doing it manually in the bootloader, all I get is a black screen with a blinking white underscore cursor in the top left for about a minute, then an error saying that Windows apologizes for the inconvenience, but it could not start successfully. It then asks me if I want to boot into Safe Mode, with the last known good configuration or start Windows normally. Taking the HDD out and connecting it to my PC to recover the data. This doesn't work because the laptop HDD is 24-pin IDE and all the connectors I have are 20-pin Things I am going to try now Using a Linux Live CD to recover the data from the HDD, then re-install Windows That is, unless anyone has any other ideas that don't involve me re-installing Windows? Thanks a lot for your help!