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I am getting a wierd error message "NTLDR is missing...press ctrl alt delete to reboot"

I can't get anywhere past my POST screen, but i can go into my bios. What's the deal?
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NTLDR is missing Means Windows is corrupt - Was this just after a upgrade? Mobo switch?

You will need to use the windows bootable disk to repair/or clean install windows
    
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I just recently did this installing vista and I hate to tell you only 3 fixes and one is annoying.... Either reinstall, take your hdd over to a friend with working XP and copy his to yours, OR leave xp install disc in and not click to boot from disc... Sorry but those were the only options I found and I just ended up losing everything and reinstalling

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I didn't do anything differently at all...no software or hardware change. However, I have been noticing that I get random startup errors and i have to restart every once in awhile and boot up to "last known good configuration." I hope i won't loose all of my data, though...I have some much stuff on there that is important.
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huh... thats strange... id reformat the hd just to be safe.
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Do you have a partition or 2 hdd's with seperate os?? Dual boot??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaggyTed
Do you have a partition or 2 hdd's with seperate os?? Dual boot??
No just one partion with OS and files on it...I guess I'll end up losing all my data that i seriously wish i had backed up
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post #8 of 16
Was the only way for me to fix mine because I knew no one else with a rig I could migrate files too temporarily or try the copy and paste method of the NTDLR... that was the most suggested way of fixing when I was searching...

Shaggyt

I find that odd though... something had to have deleted that file... in my case it was boot manager of vista that did it too me...
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I finally got all of my files and data transfered off of the messed up hard drive. I used my old 40 gig IDE drive. Hooked the 40GB drive up to my main computer. Formatted the 40gig drive. Installed Windows on it. Plugged the messed up 200GB drive into the same board as the 40 was plugged into and transfered mostly everything i wanted from the 200 to the 40gig. Formatted the 200gig and reinstalled windows. Everything good so far. Then, i transfered the files i wanted from the 40 back to the 200gig once again. I then thought it was okay to unplug the 40 gig IDE drive since i got all i wanted from it. Tried to boot the computer back up, and get the message of something like .....insert bootable media or something to start up..... My 200 gig drive with windows installed on it wouldn't let me boot up. I plugged the 40 gig drive back in and it let me start windows. Seeing that i had windows installed on both drives, i could select from which drive i wanted to boot from, so i selected to boot from the 200gig drive. It booted right on up...but when i disconnect the 40 gig drive, i can't get the 200 gig drive to boot up by itself into windows. I think it has to do with the 200 gig drive being named drive "D:" in windows and the 40 gig drive being named drive "C:" .....can i change the names of drives?

Any help from someone?? I hope this made since
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I'm thinking had you read my FAQ you wouldn't be worrying about your saved files so much
    
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