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ntldr missing

By ted ·
i had dual boot win2k and xp which the win2yk some how got corrupt and now my xp will not boot keeps telling me NTLDR is missing

Is there a boot solution w/o losing whole setup

thank you

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by nicholasclayg In reply to ntldr missing

After you copy many files to the root folder of a boot volume that uses the NTFS file system you can sometimes get the "NTLDR missing" Sometimes a reboot and then going into "load last good config" **sometimes** will allow you to get in.
NTLDR is missing. Now if you know what you did before the event happened then you *may* be able to recover from this by:
-If you remove the files that you copied to the root folder, the master file table (MFT) allocation index does not reduce to its original size. Which in turn causes windows to see whats seems like a corrupted table.
Possible causes-
-This problem may occur if the MFT root folder is severely fragmented. If the MFT root folder contains many files, the MFT may become so fragmented that an additional allocation index is created. And since everything is done alpahbetically mapped alphabetically in the allocation indexes, the NTLDR file may be pushed to the second allocation index. When this occurs, you receive the error message that is described in the "Symptoms" section of this article.

Typically, files are not written to the root folder. This condition may occur if a program regularly creates and removes temporary files in the root folder, or if many files are copied to the root folder by mistake.
To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the Bcupdate2 utility. For more information about how to contact Microsoft Product Support Services, visit the following Microsoft Web site:;en-us;top

To work around this problem, create a boot disk for starting your computer. For additional information about how to create a boot disk, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119467 How to Create a Bootable Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

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by dstatic8 In reply to ntldr missing

You can use a boot disk and copy off the NTLDR file from it...

You will have to boot in safe mode and paste the file where it belongs...

I`ll send you some link of where you can uplift good boot skills...


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by sevenelevenph In reply to ntldr missing

There will be no problem for your WINXP if you separately installed the O.S. to a different partition. Ex. C:=w2k and =wxp. There are no posible way to restore the previous setup. Try to reset the PC then press F8 simultatous, start in The Last Known Good Menu, if it works, your in luck. But the best way is to re-install starting from w2k, then winxp. be sure to install winxp to a different partition.

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by evil_lazer In reply to ntldr missing

Please tell me there is no disk in drive A:

Sounds kinda odd and unfortunatley not alot can be done. What I would do is *buy* a copy of NTFSpro for dos and have a look to see if you can see your NTFS partition. Look for ntldr, open up the boot.ini and make sure that all the settings are correct.
Lemme know how you go with that.

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