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NTLDR is missing
Press any key to restart


this isnt affecting the information on the drive is it? ive been told its still recoverable
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when i press a key to restart :

Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key
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Let's go back into Recovery Console, type bootcfg /list and press Enter

This should bring up what should be listed in the boot.ini file. Post here for me what comes up.
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There are currently no boot entries available to display.
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I'm starting to wonder if the boot.ini file is missing entirely.

Type bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter

Does this find a Windows installation?

Nothing we have done thus far would have any effect on your data.
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says scanning for Windows installations then gives me Error message
it tells me that it may be caused by a corrupt file system then tells me to use chkdsk to detect disk errors
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We've gone about as far as we can go with Recovery Console. Can you get your hands on an XP cd? We need to put a new file system on this rig...or get about trying to recover your data.
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i have a CD from another computer i have thats labeled OPERATING SYSTEM, already installed on your computer

reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP home edition service pack 2
on the case it has a sticker with what i think is a serial number
when i boot the computer with this disk it gives me the same choices as RC - install, recovery, and exit

but i cant do anything more tonight, school tomorrow
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Tomorrow we'll see if we can put a parallel install on the machine and get at your data that way. :whistling:
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ok i now i have an XP disc that came with a computer, just not this one
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What kind of computer did the cd come with?
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sorry i hvent responded in a little bit, my dad needed his laptop back so i had to fix this really old computer to access the internet

the cd came with a Dell computer, i have tried and successfully installed XP to this computer using that cd which i believe is fully functional
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when i try to install XP to the broken computer that im having problems with, it tells me that only 3 MB are left in my partition when i know that there were AT LEAST 40 gigs and more likely around 70 but Windows wants to reformat my hard drive in order to install
help please, thanks
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anyone know how this extra information invaded my hard drive?
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It's more likely a corrupt file system.

Boot back to recovery console and run chkdsk /r on that partition, reboot into recovery console and run it again. Then try the install again.
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