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NTLDR is missing


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when i start my computer im getting an error saying NTLDR is missing press ctrl,alt,del to restart and when i do this i get the same error. i have changed some settings in the bios but it made no diffrnce so i reset it. i cant get the computer to read the windows xp disk before this error comes up. i have formatted the harddrive on a diffrent machine.
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Welcome to Geeks to Go, Fugee.

NTLDR is Missing
Press any key to restart

Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR
Please insert another disk

Cause:

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

When your computer starts, the BIOS attempts to find the primary hard drive's active partition to read the first sector for the MBR (Master Boot Record), it uses that info to load the rest of the OS. For Windows NT4/2k/XP the NTLDR (New Technology Loader) takes it from there. If you get the "NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart" what's most likely going on is the BIOS either didn't look for the right drive, didn't find the right partition, it wasn't active, didn't find the MBR, or the MBR didn't list NTLDR in the right place, the location of NTLDR changed, or you are looking at a hardware failure situation (memory/cables/drive/motherboard/etc).

ANSWERS

http://www.computerh...es/ch000465.htm

http://tinyempire.co...drismissing.htm

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For anyone who is reading this thread and has an NT system on a FAT32 partititon, NEVER use a Windows98 system to defragment your drive. It will move NTLDR and you will encounter this problem.
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:whistling:
ive formated the harddrive to fat 32 on one of my working pc`s and now when i switch the broken pc on it comes up with operating system missing. it doesnt load the xp cd thats in even when i told the bios to load cd drive first or second?
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