I have a Sony Vaio Laptop (Model SVE14A3C5E) with Windows 8/8.1 pre-installed. My laptop froze when doing a restart so I manually shut it down holding the power button(It froze on the screen saying 'Stopping Services'). When turning it back on it started to do an Automatic Repair but after a few minutes it said it was unable to repair the PC and said to fix it using one of the other Windows 8 options. These options did not work for me.
Unfortunately I did not back up the PC so I would like to try and recover the files.
Now it just boots up to Windows boot manager(status/error: 0xc000000f) and asks for the Windows installation disk which I do not have.
I read on a forum that you can recover and back up the files by booting up in Ubuntu 14.04 from a CD. I managed to do that after changing the Boot Priority to 'Optical Disk Drive'. However when looking at 'Desktop' I could not find any of my files in 'Documents' or any of the other folders. I also tried Hirens Boot CD but could only boot up in Legacy mode(BIOS) and was unable to find my files again when booting up to mini windows xp.
Could this mean the hard drive has wiped my files or are they hidden away somewhere? Or broken hard drive?
Anything info to sort this will be greatly appreciated.