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    Missing ntldr

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    by hop228a ·

    I have an intermitting problem with my desktop computer,and its driving me insane.

    When I boot up after showing the POST and PCI listing,I get the error message:

    Missing NTLDR.

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    • #2730700

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by joematus ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      I had the same problem and used this page to fix it:

      http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

      My solution happened to be the last fix on the list (loose cable). It figures.

      • #2730683

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        Thanks for the link.

        Tried all the instructions, yet to no joy, still getting the error message.

        I’m starting to wonder if this is a hardware issue with the HDD?

    • #2730653

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by dmiles ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      Method 1: Use a Boot Disk to Start the Computer

      Create a Windows 2000 boot disk that contains the following files:
      Ntldr
      Ntdetect.com
      Boot.ini
      Ntbootdd.sys

      301680 HOW TO: Create a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition in Windows

      101668 How to Use a Windows Boot Disk to Prevent Boot Failure
      Microsoft Knowledge Base:
      311578 HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows 2000

      Insert the boot disk into the computer’s floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer.
      Copy the Ntldr file, the Ntdetect.com file, and the Boot.ini file from the boot disk to the system partition of the local hard disk.
      back to the top
      Method 2: Use the Recovery Console
      Use the Windows 2000 Setup disks to restart the computer, or use the Windows 2000 CD-ROM to restart the computer.
      At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to repair the Windows 2000 installation.
      Press C to repair the Windows 2000 installation by using the Recovery Console.
      Type the number that corresponds to the Windows installation that you want to repair, and then press ENTER. For example, type 1, and then press ENTER. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
      229716 Description of the Windows Recovery Console

      Type the Administrator password, and then press ENTER.
      Type map, and then press ENTER. Note the drive letter that is assigned to the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows 2000 CD-ROM.
      Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after you type each one, where drive is the drive letter that you typed in step 4 of “Method 2: Use the Recovery Console,” of this article:
      copy drive:\i386\ntldr c:\

      copy drive:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

      If you are prompted to overwrite the file, type y, and then press ENTER.

      For reference see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article
      318728

      • #2730648

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        Thanks for the instructions.

        I tried them already.Those are similar/exact instructions from the link joematus has provided, but still no fix.

    • #2730616

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by sueboring ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      You may need to re-install your operating system, when i have had that message it is because essential files have been lost or damaged in the operating system. An operating system repair may solve this. good luck.

      • #2730610

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        Yes,just completed reinstall since my last post.This is the 3rd time now that I have reinstall from the same problem.

        What are the chances of this problem caused by a faulty HDD?

    • #2730577

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by jkaras ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      I always thought you got that error by leaving a non bootable floppy in the floppy drive.

      • #2730570

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        I thought you get the “Non-system disk …..” message.

    • #2730566

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      by sueboring ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      Have you tried using norton systemworks to check the hard disk for problems, if it is a hard drive problem it should show up on there, or scan disk and defragment the hard drive, the other option is to get a new hard disk and use your old one as a slave drive.

      • #2730550

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        Yeah I ran defrag/scandisk/dos scandisk and the DFT from western digital,all reported okay.

    • #2730540

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by sueboring ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      The only other thing i can think of and i dont know if it could be is a virus on the motherboard. have you tried putting another hard drive in to see if it does the same thing?

      • #2730535

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        I did have a spare HDD for the pass 5 years or so, right uptill last month when I gave it away,it was just sitting around collecting dust. Typical, just when you need something.

    • #2728822

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by berserkk ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      >Comment from hop228a@hotmail.com on 03/17/04:
      >I thought you get the “Non-system disk …..” >message.

      Windows NT/2000 give the error message “Missing NTLDR” when no boot media is detected (i.e. non-bootable cd-rom / floppy )

      In the bios is the hard disk detected as primary master? try setting the boot sequence to :
      1. hdd (c:\) first
      2. cd-rom
      3. floppy

      • #2728818

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        It would have helped had I mentioned at the start, that I am running XP PRO.

        Its an intermitting problem.

    • #2728692

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by 1stladytech ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      Even though the hdd passes diags, I would still try another hdd. If the drive is intermittently not spinning up fast enough for the mb to detect it at post, you will get this error. One way to check this before purchasing a new drive is when you get the error, you should still be able to see the bios post on the top half of your screen. Towards the bottom of that screen, you usually get a list of IDE devices, does your drive show? If it is not id-ing to the mb, it will not be in the list. Good luck

      Vickie

      • #2728688

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        Sadly I haven’t got any spare HDD to test.

        Looking at the post,the HDD is listed.

    • #2694176

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by detek ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      Did you use any hard drive utility, like ghost, to transfer your data into a larger hard drive before upgrading your operating system to XPpro?

      • #2694155

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        Sorry bit confused.

        Not sure where you got the ideal of me having said anything about transfering data from a small drive to a larger and about upgrading XP PRO?

        Anyways, going back to you question. The only HDD utility I’ve used is the DFT and as mentioned,I haven’t transfer any data nor upgraded to XP PRO.

        Thanks for your time.

    • #2694158

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by cliffl ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

      Have you recently changed something ? put in another hard drive with a different operating system.
      NTLDR is a Read only/Hidden/System file that the system uses to start up, so if it cant find it you wont start.
      When you do get it to start do a thorough check of your hard drive in case it is about to fall over !!
      Back up all your data. Make sure all cables etc are connected properly. Take them out and reinsert.

      • #2694154

        Reply To: Missing ntldr

        by hop228a ·

        In reply to Reply To: Missing ntldr

        The only device/hardware I’ve changed reasonly is upgrading the graphics card.I have done no upgrade on HDD.Having research on this NTLDR,yes it does mention about the file being something relating to start up,but what I can’t understand is why it imtermitting boots,unless yes that file is currupted.Yes,as mentioned already,when I am able to boot up,I have ran HDD DFT,scandisk,defrag and no faults found.Reseated all data/power cables and still nothing.

        Well,since my first posting,I have restall XP PRO and so far (touch wood) its still running ok.

    • #2733150

      Reply To: Missing ntldr

      by hop228a ·

      In reply to Missing ntldr

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