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4 months ago I installed win 7 on my parents xp computer. Last night they called me saying after a routine restart, windows wouldn't load and the 'ntldr is missing' error comes up at start up and windows won't load.

I've checked the boot priority and its good. I've put the win 7 cd in and ran the system repair and it says it cannot repair it.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Is it possible the HD is cooked? If so, is there a way to check that? I'd hate for them to lose all their pictures/data etc.

Thanks a lot guys.
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*EDIT: sooo.. i took the comp into ncix and the guy said my HD is fried (the control arm doesnt work) and that he cant recover any data.

he said i could take it to one of their thrid party specialists to see if thay can recover the info but that it is an upfront fee up $500 and they can;t gaurentee anything..

arg... any way i can recover some of the data or am i screwed?
Edited by wreckless - 3/17/11 at 11:00am
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post #2 of 27
just google the error and you'll see the fix. You'll have to use the install DVD and copy a file over.

edit:

try this site

http://www.ehow.com/how_4804862_fix-ntldr-missing.html
Edited by hollywood406 - 3/14/11 at 5:45pm
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4 months ago I installed win 7 on my parents xp computer. Last night they called me saying after a routine restart, windows wouldn't load and the 'ntldr is missing' error comes up at start up and windows won't load.

I've checked the boot priority and its good. I've put the win 7 cd in and ran the system repair and it says it cannot repair it.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Is it possible the HD is cooked? If so, is there a way to check that? I'd hate for them to lose all their pictures/data etc.

Thanks a lot guys.
I've had this happen a few times and only a reformat would fix it. But other times just using the repair function fixed it too.

Are you using any third party defrag program? I was using Defraggler and after every time I used it, I would begin to get this error as of lately.

If nothing is working, I would recommend taking out the HDD and hooking it up to an enclosure or your PC, and save all the files you can.
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Never use a third party defragger.

Is there a way to know if this is a dead HD or just an error in the OS?
Edited by wreckless - 3/14/11 at 5:49pm
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I take it the drive shows up in your bios then.Be sure it's at the top of the drive order too besides the boot order.I would try a different sata cable to rule that out.You can also try a different sata port too.
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Just take the Win7 install DVD and run the repair tool. Works every time.
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Try manually doing it with the install CD. Use the recovery consule and type "bootrec fixboot" and then "bootrec fixmbr".
    
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just google the error and you'll see the fix. You'll have to use the install DVD and copy a file over.

edit:

try this site

http://www.ehow.com/how_4804862_fix-ntldr-missing.html
That link I for xp... Does it apply to win7?
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Just take the Win7 install DVD and run the repair tool. Works every time.
He says in the OP that he already tried that.
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is your HDD formatted as FAT32 by any chance (as would be typical of XP)? If so, reformat as NTFS, Windows 7 really prefers it, and this is likely the source of the error.

Unlikely to be a sata error, or a HDD I/O error, as typically you will get a nice BSOD citing I/O inconsistency. Go with repair, and or restore to an earlier point. If the Windows NT loader (NTLDR) is not found, typically this is due to improper alignment, in my experience.
You should be able to pull all files off of the system using a live USB of Ubuntu or a separate computer, and simply save them to a separate harddrive, then reformat if all else fails. It has never happened to me that the NTLDR goes 'missing' after routine usage, typically when I install windows of atypical hardware, I have to force a separate FAT32 alignment in order to properly install windows.

If I can help in any way, send me a PM.
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