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"NTLDR is missing"

by martinobyrne / March 16, 2005 7:51 AM PST

Hi all,

I have a triple boot of 98SE, XP Pro and Linux and had to re-install Linux, after which I get the message 'NTLDR is missing' when I try to boot into Windows. I should normally see my old dual boot windows loader but I'm getting this message instead. Win 98 is on the 'C' drive, XP on the 'D' and Linux in a partition on the 'C'.

I tried formatting the 'C' and re-installing 98 and for a while that seemed to be working, but then I tried to re-install XP by letting it overwrite the previous install as formatting the 'D' drive is not an option, all my main & back-up files are stored there. I thought that I would be returned to my dual boot menu but as soon as the XP install tried to re-boot, the message re-occoured. I tried from the recovery console typing 'fixboot' and 'fixmbr' but no joy.

Does anyone know how to fix this? I'd really appreciate any help i can get 'cause I'm completely out of ideas.


Dublin, Ireland

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What and where is the backup of your files?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2005 9:20 AM PST
In reply to: "NTLDR is missing"

Even a boot to Linux via your hard disk or KNOPPIX will let you copy out what you can't lose to CDRW/DVDRW. It seems the only lesson about backup is learned by losing it all.

Backup, then install your system as you see fit. Then restore from one of your backups.

BACKUPS? Yes, plural. Never trust it to have just one.


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NTLDR still missing
by martinobyrne / March 16, 2005 11:18 PM PST

Hi Bob, Do you mean that I should thereafter format the 'D' drive as well? Could I, through Linux, delete all files and folders associated with XP as I can view the 'D' in Linux (I working through Linux now) and would that allow me to do a clean install of XP? Would that re-create the NTLDR file?



Dublin, Ireland

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Either a XP install or the XP repair install may...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2005 12:19 AM PST
In reply to: NTLDR still missing

It might fix that. However, you are very much on your own with the multiple OS setup. What I suggest to such owners is to keep notes on how they created such and be ready to wipe and start over.

The problem with the XP install is it will overwrite the current boot loader. So be prepared to repair your Linux system as well.


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Xp is now installed back
by martinobyrne / March 17, 2005 4:10 AM PST

Hi Bob,

What I suggested failed, don't know why but I found I could reinstall 98 or XP into the 'C' drive and restore the Linux bootloader. So it came down to a choice of either 98 & Linux or XP & Linux, I chose the latter, so for the moment I have 2 O.S. again. It's not possible to install 98 after XP, has to be the other way around?


Dublin, Ireland

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98 after XP is possible, just not supported.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2005 4:41 AM PST
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by Robert999 / March 17, 2005 1:10 PM PST

Every time I boot with a floppy in the slot I get the
NTLDR is missing

I have a compaq.

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That would be proper operation for Robert999
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2005 9:01 PM PST
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I don't see there is an problem to fix.


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by b-rrad / March 28, 2005 3:25 AM PST
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is there a diskette in the A: drive
and or is thw windows a installed

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