0xc000000f boot failure

By KevPHX127 ยท 9 replies
Nov 13, 2016
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  1. I don't know if giving my desktop specs will make any difference but what the hell here they are:

    AMD FX-8320
    16 GB G. Skill sniper series RAM
    Zotac GTX 970
    Crucial MX100 256GB( boot drive or c: )
    Two (2) western digital blue 1TB Harddrives(for mass storage)

    The PSU is a Raidmax RX-530SS and it has a blue LED light under the fan. One day I was gonna crash out but didn't want to turn off my PC because I had active downloads going on, so I just decided to turn the bright-*** blue LED off via the button on the back of the power supply. Problem was while my hairy sausage fingers were fumbling in the dark crevice behind my computer I had accidentally turned the power supply and subsequently my entire rig off, and for some reason when I did this it either caused a complete drive failure or a severe software error.

    Now when I try to turn on this thing I get:

    File: \boot\bcd
    Info: The boot configuration for your PC is missing or contains errors.

    Refreshing the PC isn't an option as the boot drive is locked. I don't want to reset my PC but couldn't anyway, something about a partition needed to be tweaked. Anyway, I tried several command prompts I got by googling my problem but all failed so far. I input chkdsk /f c: and then Format c: /fs:ntfs and this basically gave the option to wipe the drive and start over, but I did not have the clairvoyance to back up any of my data before this little incident occured, so I wussed out of taking that approach to fix the problem. Right now I have ten thousand tabs open trying to figure out how to get back into my PC without getting screwed and losing all my files and I could use some advice.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2016
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,003   +656

    UEFI problems!! So secure even the owner cannot use it - many similar experiences in many forums. No easy answers. https://askleo.com/why-uefi/

    Issue is specific to your motherboard as to whether you can regain access. In your shoes, I would try contacting Gigabyte and ask how to replace a dead HDD without having a 'recovery disk'. If they can help you to that, buy and install a new (or working used) HDD and create a 'recovery disk'.

    While you might use the recovery disk to fix the reinstalled "dead" HDD, you might first wish to install the "dead" HDD as a slave and backup your data first.

    Anyone else find a better solution for this kind of a bind?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    If "I input chkdsk /f c:" ran, then you can go deep with "chkdsk /f /r c:"
    Cycloid Torus likes this.
  4. KevPHX127

    KevPHX127 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can I back up my data using BIOS or the command prompts? What does it mean to install a drive as a slave?
  5. KevPHX127

    KevPHX127 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What does this prompt do? I will try it.
  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,003   +656

    Microsoft listing of command prompts: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2632

    "copy" command should work if you can reach "C:" and can get any necessary permissions for access to folders... see: http://www.computerhope.com/copyhlp.htm

    "slave drive": This is a slightly dated way of describing a secondary drive - where the primary drive has the boot OS. https://www.techwalla.com/articles/what-is-the-difference-between-master-slave-hard-drives (I've been building systems for over 30 years)
  7. KevPHX127

    KevPHX127 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, it says that it's "scanning for bad clusters in user's file data." Whatever that means. Looks like it might take awhile. What would you advise I do when it finishes? I have no idea what prompts to put in when it gets done.
  8. KevPHX127

    KevPHX127 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It says "windows has scanned the file system and found no problems. No further action is required."

    Is then displayed the remaining space on the drive as well as available allocation units.

    "Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50"
  9. KevPHX127

    KevPHX127 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is it possible to back up my c: drive files on one of the western digital HDDs? How would I go about doing this with these prompts? I apologize, I'm really in over my head here.
  10. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,003   +656

    If drive you are in is C: then you should be able to copy a file to D: drive by entering a command at the command prompt with something like..

    COPY C:\[somefoldername]\[somefilename] D:\[somefoldername] --the stuff in square brackets is not what you type but the actual file or folder name on your system.

    Information about 'copy' is in the following article...I cannot explain it better
    http://www.computerhope.com/copyhlp.htm and also look at copy variants like xcopy

    Review the article in depth. Also look up other useful commands like DIR (whats in the folder) and CD (change directory) and wildcards like * and ? which can cover a number of files at once.

    OR get help from a computer jock who can do things while he looks at what is on your system.

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