Lately I have been having a problem with my computer (it's quite old..an HP Pavilion a 1646x running Windows XP Media Center Edition)...It would freeze on a black screen with a blinking cursor at startup. It has been warning me for months that 'hard drive failure is imminent', so I assumed that was my problem. Yet after some looking around (and after double checking the order of my boot priority) I found that by burning an NTLDR fix onto a CD, I was able to boot up and access my computer as normal (no lost data! I have since backed it all up..but anyway) Now, however, I cannot boot into windows without this CD.
I was wondering if I accessed the NTLDR files I found located in an I386 folder (NTLDR and NTdetect in my windows folder) and copied over them with the ones from the boot CD I have..would that work? I noticed that the NTdetect files are the same size, but the NTLDR I have on my computer now is slightly larger than the one from the CD. I didn't want to just do it and then not be able to access my computer at all...so any thoughts on this would be very appreciated!
I apologize in advance if this is the wrong area to post this topic..thank you for your time!