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Hard drive failure/unable to boot to command prompt

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#1 The Pookster

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:59 PM

Good Evening,


I recently had a hard drive fail. A friend gave me a hard drive that is workable but needs to be reformatted.  I installed the hard drive myself (thank you YouTube) but can't get past this error message.I have the system disk but the computer won't get past this error.


Can anyone help?


The message reads:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disk and restart the computer.

2. Choose your language settings and then click next.

3. Click repair your computer.


If you do not have the disk contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File:  \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.



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#2 JohnnyJammer


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:10 PM

Silly question but after formating did you re-install Windows on it? it would be throwing that error because it has no boot partition to load the Winload.exe file.

Edited by JohnnyJammer, 09 January 2014 - 09:10 PM.

#3 The Pookster

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:12 PM

The drive has not been formatted. Can it be formatted for use?  If so, how can you point me to a way to do it?

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