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« on: January 01, 2005, 06:53:25 PM »

NTLDR is missing
press ctrl + alt + delete to restart

i recently formatted my hard drive and now i am want to put XP pro back on the hard drive. everytime i boot up it gives me the NTLDR is missing error. I tried changing the boot sequence to read the cd rom first but that didnt work either. this is the only response i get. i am able to enter setup and boot sequence but have been unsuccesful. thanks for your help

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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2005, 11:24:12 PM »

Hi lilwil32

This error occurs when the partition marked as active does not contain the operating system boot files. The partition for the OS must be a primary partition that has been marked as active. If it is a SCSI, SATA or RAID drive the appropriate drivers need to have already been installed. The boot partition must be located on the disk pointed to in the BIOS boot sequence. The below advice is for single boot systems. Some exceptions apply if you have a dual boot setup..

So, two issues:

1. Having the PC boot from the correct drive, properly partitioned with the boot partition set as "Active".

2. Having the right files in that partition.

You can change the active partition using fdisk. And you can change the first boot device (but using an optical drive with a Windows CD to boot from can cause you problems later) in the BIOS.

Using fdisk:

1. Boot to a command prompt by using a boot disk (if you have one. Otherwise you can make one from any Windows 95/98/ME PC.
2. At the command prompt, type fdisk, and then press enter.
3. Click set active partition, choose the partition that you want to make active, and then hit enter.
4. Press Esc.
5. Remove the boot floppy disk, restart the computer.

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