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Cd rom drive is missing or hidden

Cd rom drive is not visible at start up bios settings may have changed

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Check the cables to make sure they are connected and tight. If the drive is not appearing in the bios, then it could have went bad and will need replacing. If it is, but not appearing in windows, then here are the steps from Microsoft on how to fix the issue. All operating systems are included in the fix.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

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SOURCE: Dell Dimension 8300 - Can't Boot from XP Disk

When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.

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In order to change the boot sequence on a Dell computer you have to press the F12 key right after the computer starts and BEFORE the Windows logo appears.
You can also choose F2, if you have to get into the BIOS.

On some machines you just have to hold down the respective key, on others you have to tap it repeatedly. Just try it out.
When you see the Windows logo, let the computer complete the start-up, reboot and try again.

Once it is booting from CD/DVD, follow the instructions on the screen ("Press any key to boot from CD...")

If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.

Posted on Dec 07, 2010

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NTLDR is missing?


A missing NTLDR is a common start up error that can appear on the screen while booting a computer running a Windows operating system. This error may occur due to number of reasons.

NTLDR is short for Windows 'NT LoaDeR'. It's entirely involved in the loading of the operating system.

Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk/hard drive that contains no operating system or CD-ROM drive. Firstly what you've got to to is press the Delete key multiple times as your computer boots up until it displays the BIOS screen. Then you will need to find the boot disk priority setting. Make sure this is set to your drive that has Windows on it (as priority 1) and not the CD-ROM drive/stiffy drive or empty hard drive. You can set the CD-ROM/DVD-Rom drive to priority 2 if you like.

Once you have checked that and have set it to your master/primary hard drive (the one that you've installed Windows onto), save and exit the BIOS and on reboot your system should boot into Windows normally.

If you only have one hard drive and the boot disk priority 1 is set to it and you still get this message, then it means that your NTLDR is either corrupted or missing. In the BIOS you will need to change boot disk priority 1 to your CD/DVD drive. Once this is done save and exit the BIOS.
As the PC reboots insert your Windows install disk and let it load.

Hit [R] when prompted if you need to repair system files and then [C] at the 'Welcome to Setup' screen to start the Recovery Console. This will let you copy NTLDR from the CD to C:\

If this fails then you will need to install a fresh copy of Windows on your system. All is not lost though as you can still save your data that is trapped on the NTLDR missing hard drive. If you are not quite seasoned with computers and electronics then this is the job for a PC technition. Simply take your PC down to your local Computer store and explain your situation (Don't forget to take your original Microsoft Windows with you). They will back up your data, re-install Windows and the put all your data back on for you.

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