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" NTLDR is missing"

by jcmx / November 20, 2007 7:04 AM PST

I got the message NTLDR is missing when I restarted my computer the other day and I spoke with a microsoft tech and he said to get an xp setup disk and restart my computer with the disk in it so I did, im not sure as to what im suppose to do next, can anyone help, the disk I got is for xp pro will this matter? I want to try and save whats on my computer now, but I guess if I loose it I loose it. Thanks J

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Re: Well you see..
by AM-ITgeek / November 20, 2007 12:29 PM PST
In reply to: " NTLDR is missing"

Well, the problem that you are talking about, is a very common problem, that we pros sometimes face, when the boot sector of XP becomes corrupt due to one reason or the other.
So what you need to do, is reinstall XP( a neat clean , fresh, installation from your xp pro cd) or try to repair the system with a repair installation( option you will find, when the xp set up runs). Hope this info helps you.

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Do you have a backup?
by BlackBart1955 / November 20, 2007 2:05 PM PST
In reply to: " NTLDR is missing"

While what AM-ITgeek said is true, I don?t think the solution is that drastic. First, do you have a backup? You should. If not, do you have any friends who do? This problem is a simple matter of copying ONE file back onto the hard drive, but unfortunately, the only way you can copy the file is to run a good backup program in DOS mode (BEFORE Windows boots up) and then restore the file.

After you restore that ONE file, you should be able to boot up again?unless there is something else wrong with your computer. This same problem happened to one of my sons when he decided to delete files that he thought were unnecessary, and that?s the solution that I had him use, but we have a rule in our household to always have a backup.

Another method you could use, if you have another computer, is to take the hard drive out of this computer and put it in that other computer as a SLAVE, and then simply copy that file onto the hard drive. Then put it back into your computer and it should work again.

The file is found in the root directory and there is no dot plus 3 extension, so it does not end with .exe .com, .dll, or anything else. To simplify that, it is found at C:\ntldr.

There is one more simple problem. By default, Windows hides this file and other system files, so you have to unhide them to see this file on the second computer. To unhide these system files, open either Windows Explorer or My Computer, click on the Tools drop-down menu, and choose "Folder Options", click on "View", and then click on "Show hidden files and folders" and "Hide protected operating system files" so that there is not a check in the checkbox.

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