Fix: Windows Boot Error 0xc00000f

Error 0xc00000f is usually caused by a failing  or a bad hard drive.

That will be the final verdict on this if nothing else works from the possible solutions given below.

If in case, it is the hard drive that has failed, you can send it to a recovery company to recover your data, it’s a hassling process but if you have never backed up then this is the time you start backing up with a lesson learned.

Method #1: Disconnect All Peripherals/External Devices

Power off your laptop/desktop and take off all the external peripherals connected to it such as (external hard disk, usb disk, printer, wireless mouse, keyboard everything) – You just need the monitor plugged in so you can see the status on screen. With all the Peripherals disconnected, power on the system and see if that resolves the issue.

If it does, then repeat the process by connecting your external devices one by one until you find the one that causes the error. It may be possible, that with the disconnection of all external devices and after reconnecting them all, it may work without issues.

Method #2: Use Last Known Good Configuration

Last Know Good Configuration (advanced) : Starts Windows 7 with the most recent registry and driver configurations that worked successfully. Every time you turn your computer off and Windows 7 shuts down successfully, important system settings are saved in the registry. You can use those settings to start your computer if a problem occurs. For example, if a new driver for your video card is causing problems, or an incorrect registry setting is preventing Windows 7 from starting correctly, you can restart your computer using Last Known Good Configuration.

Method #3: Use Hiren’s BootCD To Check and Fix Disk Errors

This method is a little complicated for newbies, but i will try to write it down in the simplest terms. If you are unable to follow it, or have questions you can ask me by posting a comment below.

We need to create a bootable cd or a usb to boot our PC with Hirens BootCD. To do this, we need access to a second computer where we will download HBCD and then burn it to a USB or CD. Once done, we will change our BIOS to boot from this CD/USB. That is the general summary. Now Let’s Begin

Download Hirens BootCD Download Hiren’s Boot CD By Clicking Here.

Once downloaded, open it and extract it to your hard disk be sure to remember where you’ve extracted it. If you can’t open the file, then get WinZIP from Download and install it, after it is installed the HirensBootCD icon will become clickable so you can open, and extract it.

Once done, you will need a ISO Burner, like MagicISO which works well. You can download it by Clicking Here

Burn it to a CD or a USB using MagicISO. Once done, put the media in your computer or connect it to it then boot from it, make sure you have changed the boot order in BIOS.

After it has booted up, select the option “Dos Programs”

hiren boot dos menu

Next, select Option 6 which is the Hard Disk Tools

hard disk tools

Now, choose option 1 which is HDAT2 4.53 (Test/Repair of Bad Sectors).

repair bad sectors1

Now, the disk menu will appear. Choose your DISK from this menu. If you don’t know which devices is yours then the easiest way is to look at the last column that says Capacity, if your hard disk was 20.02 GB then that would tell you which options is for your disk.


Now from the Device Test Menu, choose “Check and Repair Bad Sectors”

device test menu

Now the repair will process will begin. It can take several minutes to hours. You must wait until it finishes. After it has finished, set your disk back to what it was in the bios (boot order) and remove  the Hiren’s BootCD media.  If you are still getting the 0xc00000f error then unfortunately the disk has failed and needs to be replaced.

To be sure, you can run the DST – DST is Drive Self Test and is usually done from the POST Screen. You will need to check your system vendors manual/documentation.

BUT, if you had any data on this disk then that can be recovered – so no worries. You have two choices here, attempt to recover yourself no guarantees if you will be successful or send it to a recover company.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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Fix: Windows Boot Error 0xc00000f

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