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Windows 7: Unable to boot, error 0xc000000f, hard drive failure?

29 Mar 2013   #1
dontmess26

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 
Unable to boot, error 0xc000000f, hard drive failure?

Hello everyone. I am going to number my info because my desktop progressively got worse today.
I have a Windows 7 partition and a Windows 8 partition on the HD.

1. At first boot, it was trying to auto repair, but it would get stuck and nothing would happen.
2. After several restarts, it finally booted to the Windows 8 boot select screen to choose 7 or 8, I chose 7. Then it went to "applying update operation" and was updating registries I guess.
3. After that, it just would not boot. After another restart, I got "the boot configuration data for your pc is missing or contains errors." I tried to insert a recovery DVD / installation disk, but nothing would load.
3. Trying to boot from the CD or USB would just freeze and then give the same error, 0xc000000f.
4. From the HP diagnostics tool from boot up, it told me it was an HD error, biohd 8. In my several hours of searching online I believe it could be the HD or the motherboard, but I am not sure how to find out which.
5. Using EaseUS Data Recovery, the software recognizes the 3 different volumes on the drive (Win 7, Win 7 recovery partition, Win 8)

I was wondering if anyone would be able to deduce what is happening here, should I get a new HD or motherboard? Since EaseUS is recognizing all volumes, is it probably the motherboard?

And what it is the best way of formatting the drive and installing Win7 again with a failed HD, if it is the motherboard?

Would appreciate any help, thank you very much.

As a reference as to why I think it might the motherboard, please see here and here.


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29 Mar 2013   #2
Dsprague

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 enterprise 64 bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ,Windows 8 64bit
 
 

Check out this tutorial it will help you figure out if it is in fact the hard drive: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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29 Mar 2013   #3
dontmess26

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dsprague View Post
Check out this tutorial it will help you figure out if it is in fact the hard drive: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
This would be for testing it if I put it back in to the desktop correct? I cannot get any CD to boot up with the PC for some reason.
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29 Mar 2013   #4
Dsprague

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 enterprise 64 bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ,Windows 8 64bit
 
 

chances are then your Motherboard is hosed, or your dvd drive is hosed maybe even both, Unfortunately there are really no tests to determine such things .
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29 Mar 2013   #5
dontmess26

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dsprague View Post
chances are then your Motherboard is hosed, or your dvd drive is hosed maybe even both, Unfortunately there are really no tests to determine such things .
Yeah, I think I am going to order a new motherboard first and see what happens. If I do get different motherboard I am guessing I have to re-install Windows on it. Is there anyway to wipe the old HD and install it with a new motherboard?
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29 Mar 2013   #6
Dsprague

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 enterprise 64 bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ,Windows 8 64bit
 
 

When you get the new mother board and install it follow this tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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