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Windows 7: Win7 Failed To Start: 0x000000f

10 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Win7 Failed To Start: 0x000000f

My mother recently threw the task of trying to fix her laptop. It absolutely refuses to boot Windows 7, which is her primary and only OS on the system. Here's what I've got so far:

1-HDD Boot returns:
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert....
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."

So, I went into my BIOS setup, and switched my Boot Device Order to CD/DVD drive first. I try booting from my Windows 7 Disk, but before it reaches the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" I get this message:
"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 0: HTS541.......
WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
Press F1 to Continue."

So I boot from the CD/DVD and Windows loads the files....sometimes it stalls at a black screen afterwards. If not, then it tells me to choose an OS to boot from, and the only option is "Windows Setup [EMS Enabled]". I hit F8 to try an Advanced Option. I tried booting into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. It loads the driver files but then just hung on "disk.sys" and I had to force shut-down.

I'm assuming it's a HDD failure, though I've also heard that the drive may be fine and it may be a Motherboard/CPU problem. I've also heard of a problem with a windows update causing a problem after reboot. I can't check anything because I can't get windows to boot even with a CD, which makes me believe it's more than a HDD problem. Can anyone help me do any tests whatsoever to find out where the problem may lie?

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10 Apr 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

SMART failure is strictly hdd related.
S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Sorry, but that's just how it is. You don't get a SMART error from anything else I know of. It's strictly a hard drive measure.
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09 Feb 2012   #3

windows 7 ultimate x32
Windows 7 fails to start

Please my windows 7 fail to start up. when it boot up after i click on f1,it will show status:000000f
pls help me. all my files in partition did not show as i tried to run another clean install. i could not see my files anymore. all my partitions show empty. please what can i do?

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28 Sep 2012   #4

windows 7 x64

also, i changed the boot order to cd/dvd and disabled the 2nd boot option.then tried to run the mem diagnostic tool and now its working , but it didnt work when boot option 1 was hard drive? could that mean the hard drive ?!
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28 Sep 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

The only way to actually check the hard drive also involves downloading and running an application.
And before that even we would need to know the brand of the hard drive as every manufacturer releases their own testing software.
Hard drive failure is not a very common thing. Corruption and problems caused by improper shutdowns, power outage/surge and bad memory are far more common.
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