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#1 Posted on 21.10.04 1526.59
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What the hell does 'NTLDR is missing' mean?

I thought it might be that it wasn't reading the hard drive or something, but I popped it into another computer and it's fine. Everything is connected right and all but I'm getting this damn message.

I'd try Google or Yahoo, but the library I'm at has them blocked... don't ask, I don't know why.
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#2 Posted on 21.10.04 1533.45
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MY guess on NTLDR is Windows NT Loader, or something like that.

from: http://www.sysopt.com/forum/printthread.php?threadid=170538

Posted by Paco103 on 09-28-2004 06:04 PM:

I had this problem at work the other day. It was a win2K machine on a FAT32 system, so I just used a 98 boot disk, copied ntldr from a working computer, and then booted to disk and copied it to C drive. It said access was denied and the file could not be written, but it still worked after I did that. I would assume you could do something along those lines with an NTFS partition if you use the recovery console or a PE disk of some sort. That's all the experience I've had with it and it amazingly worked, so let me know if it is lucky again!

also, from: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm
Cause:

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
New hard disk drive being added.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.

It has solutions for all those causes on the page.
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#3 Posted on 21.10.04 1556.59
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    What the hell does 'NTLDR is missing' mean?

    I thought it might be that it wasn't reading the hard drive or something, but I popped it into another computer and it's fine. Everything is connected right and all but I'm getting this damn message.

    I'd try Google or Yahoo, but the library I'm at has them blocked... don't ask, I don't know why.


My guess is that your PC is configured as the CD or ZIP drive as the first boot device and the CD or ZIp that is in the drive (and there IS one) does not have boot capability. NTLDR is indeed a boot issue with NT based OS systems (NT, W2K, XP).

I suspect it's a CD in the drive and the system wants to boot from the CD. Take the CD out and it should boot.
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#4 Posted on 21.10.04 1614.16
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Nothing in the disc drive.

I did switch from a CDROM to a DVDROM, but I didn't think this would matter. If I remember right, it has WIN98 on the HD.

I'll try the boot disc, but I'm not holding out any hope.
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#5 Posted on 22.10.04 1140.51
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Check your Bios and make sure you are booting to the hard drive 1st - maybe something weird is happening on the boot record. NTLDR missing means that it can't find the bootup program.

Maybe Norton's and see if there's a boot record repair that needs to be made
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