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what does NTLDR is missing mean?

by kurbchecker / November 17, 2004 10:38 PM PST

i had to fdisk my computer and with my hard drive theres a cd that comes along with it that partiones and does all that sort of thing and i put that in and it did all that and said that my maxtor hard drive was already to put an operating system on it to put the istall cd for windows in and than push control alt delete to reboot. so I did all of that and everything starts to load up I get as far as to the black screen right before the windows logo appears the one that list the PCI listings. than at the spot that says verifying DMI Pool Data and it says NTLDR is missing press control alt delete to restart. I dont know what that means can anyone help? Im trying to load on windows xp pro edition. but I even tried windows Me to and it did the same.

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Re: what does NTLDR is missing mean?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 18, 2004 12:01 AM PST
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Re: what does NTLDR is missing mean?
by sailor1994 / November 18, 2004 5:25 AM PST

Your master boot record and/or that file is damaged, check Microsoft's knowledge base since Windows 2000, Server 2003 and XP can give this error.
Try writing zeros to the drive and then reinstall windows (it will give you options to partition and format the drive during the install). Personal experience with that error on an XP system required a new motherboard after proving it wasn't the hard drive or Windows cd causing the problem.

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Re: what does NTLDR is missing mean?
by kurbchecker / November 18, 2004 3:07 PM PST

how do u write the drives to zero im at the point where there are no partions on my computer so theres not an operating system on it either. I dont know where to go from here can u please help

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