Blue Screen of Death – Inaccessible Boot Device

I received a call late yesterday from a client who had been aggressively burning files to CD and deleting. This system was running Windows 2000 Pro and equipped with only 128MB RAM.

Things started acting a bit weird, but she kept going until she received a registry error message. This got her attention, but she wasn’t quite done yet. After receiving a “windows is low on resources” error, she decided to reboot. Good idea, a tad late perhaps.

When the computer started to boot up, she was treated to the infamous “Blue Screen Of Death” or BSOD, with inaccessible boot device.

Since Dell and all other OEM’s don’t see fit to install the command console for you, we needed to boot her PC from the original CD, wait for all of the setup drivers to load, then select Repair via Console.

Fortunately, running ChkDsk fixed the problem.

Now, to help for next time:

I installed the command console: D:\i386\winnt32 /cmdcons

then

I ran Backup, selected just the system state, and saved to an external USB hard drive. This has the added side effect of updating C:\Winnt\Repair with current copies of the registry hives, which a Windows Repair can use the next time, if needed.

Mission accomplished. And I didn’t even have to break a sweat!

For more info on Computer Backup, head over to the computer backup section of my website.

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