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NTLDR is missing

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I recently had to completely reinstall Win XP. I periodically copy my pictures, music and documents onto a separate harddrive. I attach it, copy stuff and remove it. Anyway - before I did a clean install of XP- I backed up my stuff on this hard drive and removed it. I did my clean install - now when I try to install the second harddrive to copy my files, the computer won't boot up and it says NTLDR is missing Press CTRL-Alt-Delete to restart. Windows is not installed on this separate harddrive - I just have my files on it. Any idea how I can fix this and install the harddrive so I can get my files? Thanks.
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Hi Angel420Marie...

Sounds like it's trying to boot from the wrong drive. I'd first check the Boot Priority in BIOS to make sure it's set to 1) cd-rom...2) HDD...3)floppy (or other).

Then check to see that the extra HDD is jumpered as a slave and that it is connected to the center connector of the IDE ribbon. You might also check the Primary Master drive to make sure it's jumpered and cabled as the Primary Master.

If either drive is jumpered as Cable Select (CS), try changing the jumpers to reflect the correct configuration.


Edited by wannabe1, 13 November 2006 - 09:12 PM.

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