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Missing NTLDR after change of partition size

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A friend of mine called me over because his dad had changed the size of his D:\\ drive for some unknown reason. However, after rebooting the system, windows wouldn't start and I got a message saying NTLDR was missing.
this is weird, because windows XP is on the C:\\ drive, and that size hasn't been changed at all.

Now I know this is one of the files Windows uses to boot, so with a boot diskette I would be able to get it back allright.
Unfortunately he doesn't have a floppy drive, and I have no clue how to make a memory or flash stick bootable.

I also tried to boot with a special repair disk, altough even setting the DVD player as the first boot device still gave the missing NTLDR error and I'm unable to boot with it at ALL.

Any help is appreciated
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post #2 of 5
Boot from a Windows XP CD. (Like you're installing Windows.)
Go to the Recovery Console.
Type:
Code:
chkdsk c: /r
Let that run.
Reboot the computer.
Let me know if you still get the NTLDR message.
    
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Cannot find the system file in the standard locations on drive C:
Follow these steps to put the correct files on the drive so that the sys command can locate them:a. Type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command:
c:
cd\\windows

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Don't worry that this page says it about "Upgrades" it applies to the problem you are having as well
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Had that error once after a overclock. Tried to start Windows from Dos but the bootfiles were just missing. I re-installed windows.
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Oh well, when we were looking for the CD his dad gave him money to buy a new harddrive and Vista home premium ..

I think we'll hook the old hdd back up later and get the files off it he still wants and then just format the whole thing

Only thing I still don't get is why the pc wouldn't boot with the CD I had.. it's like a full winXP pro safe mode on a cd, with a lot of programs and utillities on it.
Normally when I put it in any computer with the CD set as first boot device it just boots.. but there.. nah.

Oh well, at least thanks for the advice, I'm sure to keep it in mind for the next thing anything like this happens.
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