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Hard Drive won't boot Windows

I used to have a Dual Boot on my computer but I took out the Master and placed it in my New Comp. Now when I'm trying to use my old computer, the old hard drive won't boot up. I set that to master and everything but it won't boot up. It only boots when I put the other hard drive back in it together.

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Yes.. because the booting information and booting files are sored only in active primary partition of a hard drive. i.e primary drive. if you remove the primary it wont recognize the OS with out booting information. you should need to reinstall OS.

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Acer Aspire one 722 windows 7 netbook. "Check cable connection" and "no bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key" are two common things appearing. The computer recognized hardrive, hardr


Hello, it looks like somehow the master boot record was erased from the hard drive, maybe viral? You mentioned the hard drive was recognized in the bios correct? If you need data from the hard drive the easiest way would be to pull the hard drive out and use an external hard drive enclosure to remove the data before you erase everything from the hard drive. If you dont need anything thing you can proceed to do a new install of Windows 7. Turn the computer on then hold alt and the f10 key to perform a factory recovery. This will erase everything and reinstall Windows 7. If this doesnt work then you will need a new hard drive and a bootable usb drive with Windows 7 on it. Hope this helps.

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Acer aspire 3610 won't start windows


Do you see any error messages or a blank cursor on the screen? Please add a comment if there are any messages. Some messages might be "missing ntldr" or "error loading operating system".

If you see a line in the upper left corner, that is what I mean by a blank cursor. In that case, the computer can't find the OS or the MBR that tells where the OS exists on the computer.

First remove any external storage devices or non-boot discs. (Disconnect USB floppy, flash drives, or other external hard drives. Remove non-boot optical discs from the DVD drive.) Try booting again in case, the computer was trying to boot from one of these devices. Check that the BIOS is accessible and is set to boot to the hard drive. (To enter the BIOS, turn off the computer and then repeatedly press the appropriate button to access the BIOS. You should see a screen telling you which button to press. This is most often Esc, F1, F2, Del, or F10. If you miss the timing, try again repeat.)

If the BIOS is unavailable, then you have a motherboard problem and need to replace it.

If you can access the BIOS, then get the appropriate Windows OS install or upgrade optical disc. (The Aspire 3610 came with XP. You should match the version (HP or Pro) and the service pack installed.) Alternatively, get a third-party disk management and rescue bootable CD. Set the boot device to the optical drive in the BIOS (or press the key to access the boot menu on restart, if available, sometimes this is F12). With the Windows CD or rescue disk in your optical drive, reboot the computer and let the computer load from the CD.

Using the Windows CD, choose the option for the recovery console and then use the Command Prompt repair. First use the Bootcfg /Scan command to try to find a Windows OS. Next try the command Fixboot C: to build a new partition boot sector. Finally try the command Fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0 to build a new master boot record on the hard drive.

You should also run the program chkdsk /r /f to check if the drive has bad sectors and move data from the bad areas if possible.

If the Bootcfg command didn't find a Windows OS, you may still be able use the preinstalled Recovery partition to return your computer to its factory setting. Check your manual; this will work best if you are using the original hard drive and haven't changed the partitions on the drive. This will cause you to lose your data and programs that have been added to the computer. Alternatively, use your back up system image discs to replace the OS, programs and files to those on your backup.

Usually this sort of problem means that the hard drive is damaged. You should make plans to replace the hard drive. You will need to match the size (2.5") and interface (ATA/100 or IDE) specs. The Aspire 3610 comes with a 40GB or larger drive.

You will need a software program that can clone drives (some may be available with the drive purchase from the manufacturer) and a USB to 2.5" IDE drive adapter. (USB/IDE/SATA adapters are useful for connecting most bare drives to a computer.) Use the cloning software to transfer the contents from the old drive to the new one and set it to become the primary boot device. Then swap the drives. (Disconnect all cables and remove the battery. Open up the laptop and carefully remove the cable. Then unscrew the old drive from the cage. Reverse the directions to install the new drive.) Check the Acer manual for any additional steps.

I hope this helps.

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Dell Inspiron 600m: No Boot Device. I'm a computer


Have you tried resetting the BIOS defaults? In doing so, it will force IDE re-detection and often resolve vague boot issues.

Sep 11, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 600M Notebook

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Windows vista on my laptop did not boot that happend when i was made some windows updates so i try to set up another windows xp from a new bootable cd ,the windows begain to set up but its shut down and a...


I had a similar problem but I can't recall if it was the same error number as in your message---what I did was used the recovery console and re-wrote my master boot record (MBR) my error was in the MBR causing my computer not to boot up in the first place. Your bootable cd should give you an option to use the recovery console before you reinstall, take it and use "fixmbr" at your dos prompt. XP works like that, but I've never had that problem with vista yet....it's worth a try if vista does the same.

Feb 14, 2011 | PC Laptops

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The netbook can't detect the hard drive and doesn't boot up at all upon startup. Tried re-installing Windows XP from my external DVD rom but when it reached the middle of the install, message comes up...


Hello.

It's possible that your Master Boot Record is corrupted. To fix:

First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive.
2. When prompted, boot from the CD drive by pressing any key. If Windows loads automatically, you will first have to enter the BIOS setup and change the order of the boot devices to start with the CD drive.
3. Once the setup loads, you will see the option to press R to repair a Windows installation.
4. Once the Recovery Console loads up, you will have to type in a number that corresponds to your Windows installation. This is normally just 1. Press Enter and then type in the Administrator password.
5. Now at the prompt, type in fixmbr. Your damaged MBR will now be replaced with a new master boot record and your computer should now be able to boot properly. Also run the fixboot command to repair the boot sector with a new one.

If still a problem, your hard drive is probably faulty and needs to be replaced.

Hope this resolves your problem.

Dec 11, 2010 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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HI my sons acer travel/mate 6292 has crashed and will not boot up, the screen is black but its stating the NTLDR is missing and asking to press ctrl,alt, and delete to restart, yet when I do this it goes...


Hi tracey,

Cause for the NTLDR missing:
  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. are
Solutions:

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source


Windows XP users
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file

Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows operating system and that the partitions are properly defined. Additional information about the boot.ini can be found on document CH000492.
Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32
If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME running FAT32 please try the below recommendations.
  1. Boot the computer with a Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME bootable diskette.
  2. At the A:\> prompt type:

    sys c: <press enter>

  3. After pressing enter you should receive the "System Transferred" message. Once this has been completed remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.
New hard disk drive being added

If you are attempting to add a new hard disk drive to the computer make sure that drive is a blank drive. Adding a new hard disk drive to a computer that already has Windows installed on it may cause the NTLDR error to occur.
If you are unsure if the new drive is blank or not try booting from a bootable diskette and format the new hard disk drive.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record
It's possible your computer's hard disk drive may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. These can be repaired through the Microsoft Windows Recovery console by running the fixboot and fixmbr commands.
Additional information and help in getting into the Microsoft Windows Recovery console can be found on document CH000627.

Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP

If you have tried each of the above recommendations that apply to your situation and you continue to experience this issue it is possible you may have a seriously corrupted version of Microsoft Windows. Therefore we would recommend you reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
If you are encountering this issue during your setup you may wish to completely erase your computer hard disk drive and all of its existing data and then install Microsoft Windows 2000 / Windows XP. Additional information about erasing the computer and starting over can be found on document CH000186.

Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
This issue has been known to be caused by a loose or fault IDE/EIDE cable. If the above recommendation does not resolve your issue and your computer hard disk drive is using an IDE or EIDE interface. Verify the computer hard disk drive cable is firmly connected by disconnected and reconnecting the cable.
If the issue continues it is also a possibility that the computer has a faulty cable, try replacing the hard disk drive cable with another cable and/or a new cable.
ENJOY! RATE THIS SOLUTION RNJ VINOD KUMAR

Jul 03, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5610-4648 Notebook

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Have ide drive have put a new 60gig but cant load new os it finds the cd drive but wont boot from disk have changed bios but still it say ntdlr missing it drivin me nutts.


  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 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.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
  10. .
To Fix
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot

Jun 01, 2009 | Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6000 Notebook

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NTLDR is missing


Fixes for NTLDR Errors
  1. Restart the PC. The NTLDR error could be a fluke.

  2. Check your floppy and optical (CD/DVD) drives for media. Often times, the "NTLDR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk or CD/DVD.

    Note: If you find that this is the cause of your problem and it's happening a lot, you might want to consider changing the boot order in BIOS so the hard drive is listed first.

  3. Check the hard drive and other drive settings in BIOS and ensure they are correct. The BIOS configuration tells the computer how to use a drive so incorrect settings can cause problems, including NTLDR errors. There is usually an Auto setting for hard drive and optical drive configurations in BIOS which is usually a safe bet if you're not sure what to do.

  4. Restore the NTLDR and ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD. Restoring these two important system files from the original Windows XP CD may do the trick.

  5. Repair or replace the boot.ini file. This will prevent the NTLDR error if the cause of the problem is a boot.ini file that is not configured properly for your Windows XP installation.

  6. Write a new partition boot sector to the Windows XP system partition. If the partition boot sector has become corrupt or isn't properly configured, you may receive the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

  7. Repair the Windows XP master boot record. NTLDR error messages may also appear if the master boot record is corrupt.

  8. Open your computer's case and ensure that the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard is firmly in place. If this does not resolve the issue, try replacing the cable. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.

  9. Update your motherboard's BIOS. Occasionally, an outdated BIOS version can cause the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

  10. Perform a repair installation of Windows XP. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files. Continue troubleshooting if this does not resolve the issue.

  11. Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch. While this will almost certainly resolve any NTLDR errors, it is a time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be backed up and then later restored.

    If you can't gain access to your files to back them up, understand that you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of Windows XP.

  12. Finally, if all else has failed, including the clean installation from the last step, you're most likely facing a hardware issue with your hard drive. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP.

Jan 17, 2009 | PC Laptops

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Unable to boot up computer


windows update corrupted your boot sector on youre hard drive,one way of fixing this is by booting from the restore cd you got from dell choose R once the load completes,at the prompt type help this will display the a list of commands you may use.Type fixboot hit enter
it will write a new boot sector for you,type exit and hit enter the computer will restart (of course remove the cd),now if this persist go back under the repair option and type fixmbr hit enter this will write a new master boot,type exit oncemore it will restart.Now if you cant boot to windows after this you may want to get the data off the hard drive as you will have to do a fresh install.

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Its NOT the hard drive itself. Its the master boot record on the hard drive that has failed. The master boot record is like an index or an address book of a hard drive. It hold records of whats on the hard disk and the physical location of files and directory's. What most likely happened was the computer was NOT shut down correctly and a power serge corrupted the master boot record or someone accidentally or purposely deleted files they should not have. If you are not able to follow jmorgan123 advice, the easiest way to fix this is to re-install windows using the recovery disk (operating system cd), HOWEVER you WILL loose all your files on your hard drive as you will need to reformat your drive during the re-install. If you are unsure how to install windows put the system recovery disc in the drive and follow the on screen prompts. If you still can get your computer working after you try a re-install of windows, maby your best bet is to return the computer under the warranty.

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