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Failed HDD


FPCH New Member
Sep 14, 2015
Hi Guys

Hoping I can get some advice/help.

Before I start, I'll just give a little background about myself. I'm no computer expert but I know my way around them to get by, It's been a hobby of mine for about 20 years.

Anyways, I'm a little rusty and need some advice how to fix this current issue.

Ok, so I've been given a sony vaio to fix, it's not booting into windows. At first boot it gives me the error 0xc00000e9 which after a bit of research seems to be related to a HDD issue (which I thought it would be).

So i tried a few HDD diagnostic tools and basically the tests were all failing and were all reporting too many issues.

So I've now loaded up a linux based system (booted from USB) called Parted Magic which is giving me access to the data on the HDD.

So my questions are,

Can anyone recommend some decent software to test the HDD to make 100% the drive is failing?

And, if the drive is beyond repair, whats the easierst way to get the recovery data across to a new HDD?



Oct 19, 2008
Wirral UK
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Hi and welcome to FpcH

Try SeaTools from here:
click here

As you can't boot up you will need the DOS version [ there is a Windows version that you can run from Windows if this is accessible ]
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