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HELP!!!! Reformat gone wrong!!! NTLDR missing

by mgb5011 / August 4, 2006 5:08 AM PDT

I have a custom built computer that has been running flawlessly for over a year. Recently it was slowing down and crashing every once in a while, so I decided to reformat. I set BIOS to "boot from CD" first, then restarted and placed the Windows XP Pro SP2 installation cd in. It took me through a blue-screen menu, I pressed enter to setup windows. From there, I deleted everything on the hard drive, and created a 15 gb NTFS partition on my 120 gb SATA hard drive. This finished in about 5 minutes, and next there was another bar that said something about preparing files maybe, I don't remember. I walked out of the room and when I came back in, my computer was running but the monitors were in sleep mode (turned on but no signal). I restarted the computer, and it came up "OC Fail, change BIOS OC Fail Settings", or something of that sort. I have had my settings on "turbo" for months now with no problem, but maybe the XP install did something? So, I turned my tweak settings from "turbo" to "cruise" (low) and restarted. That message disappeared, and my startup now showed "boot from cd... press any key to continue" and the next line is "NTLDR is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart" At that point my computer is frozen, the control alt delete doesn't reset anything and the computer is hung up. I searched NTLDR on google and found some things, but they all require you to create a boot floppy or replace files. I do not have a floppy drive in my computer, only a CD drive, and I can't get past the error message to do anything.. I can only go into BIOS or wait for the error to come up... PLEASE HELP!!!


Intel 640 3.2ghz processor
1 gig Kingston Hyper-X RAM
Gigabyte motherboard
Dual 17" Viewsonic LCD monitors
BFG Tech GeForce 6800 OC 256mb PCI-Express video card
Windows XP SP2

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You can get that message from having a non-system disk.....
by Trance_Zac / August 4, 2006 5:15 AM PDT

in a drive.
Do you have a floppy or something in a drive?
Since you're trying to install, go into set-up & choose "Set-up Defauls" or "Restore Defaults" then change just the boot order, Save to CMOS & exit.

Format or overwrite the HD & retry the Windows install. Make sure to delete any partitions before the format - You can re-create them later.

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non system disk?
by mgb5011 / August 4, 2006 5:55 AM PDT

I do not have a floppy drive, at the moment I only have one hard drive and one CD drive connected. The boot priority goes from CD first to hard drive second. The Windows XP Pro SP2 cd is in the CD drive. It won't boot from the CD for some reason. I repetedly hit enter when it sais "press any key to boot from CD" but it still comes up on the next line with the NTLDR error...

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That's just one cause...........
by Trance_Zac / August 4, 2006 5:58 AM PDT
In reply to: non system disk?

of that error that isn't listed in the Microsoft Database.
I've run acsoss it & was just shooting a suggestion to ya!

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i did a quick search
by VJ_LYNCH / August 4, 2006 5:16 AM PDT

If you are attempting to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot device, and not the hard disk drive. Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.

Press any key to boot from the CD

When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.

Note: If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be booting from the CD-ROM properly

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not sure...
by mgb5011 / August 4, 2006 5:53 AM PDT
In reply to: i did a quick search

I have bios set to boot from CD, and my Windows XP Pro SP2 full version (purchased OEM from is in the CD drive. I hit enter repetedly when ''Press any key to boot from CD'' came up, but it still gave me the NTLDR error again...

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Everything you want to know about NTLDR
by Stan Chambers / August 4, 2006 6:51 AM PDT
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ntldr missing
by Merl Priester / August 4, 2006 2:11 PM PDT

Take the hard drive cable off and see if you can boot from the WINXP CD. If so try plugging the drive back in and repeat, if this works don't just reformat, delete the partition and repartition a new one.

Watch while Windows installs, and see if there are crashes or copy failures. If so there are usually 3 possible causes,
1: memory-if you have 2 pull one at a time until the crash goes away (always repartition and start from scratch)
If the memory is not the problem
2: try a different harddrive
3: If the harddrive is not problem, usually next is the mainboard.
4: If you cannot boot on teh Win CD while only the CD is installed, the neither the CD is bad (unlikely) or your CDRom is bad (happens alot)

Sometimes things start running slow because of hardware failure.
You noted you had it set to FAST settings, if this means overclocked, NEVER install XP while overclocked.

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by mgb5011 / August 6, 2006 6:07 AM PDT
In reply to: ntldr missing

I removed the hard drive, and it did boot from the cd! NO ERROR! I am removing my hard drive and reformatting it using another computer through windows disk management. Will update if install works the second time. I didn't know not to install windows while overclocked. When i first installed it, the settings were normal, but after it was set up I OC'ed the CPU and forgot I even did it, so when I got an OC failure... I had no idea why.

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