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NTLDR Error After installing a new hard drive in my laptop, the compter does not recognize the drive for use and the NTLDR error comes up. The bios does recognize the addition and the bios is set for auto. The new drive is a Seagate. Thank you.

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  • Shakeel Muradali May 11, 2010

    When you say the computer does not recognise the drive, are you trying to install windows when it reports no hard drive found?

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Check the manual for the hard drive and make sure that the jumpers on the drive are in the correct possition. if this is a replacement hdd it should be master, if an add then slave.
most drives is jumper on 1-2 for master and no jumper for slave........try it out and try to be as descriptive as possible. thnks

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You need to either reinstall windows, or take the drive out and plug it into another computer.  You can google NTDLR and download the file from whatever OS you are using and put that in your root directory on your laptop hard drive.  Reconnect and you should be good to go.

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How To: Fix "NTLDR is missing"

Applies to: Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP

Symptoms

When you start your computer, you receive the error message "NTLDR is missing. Press any key to restart."

Cause

The error message "NTLDR is missing" means that the Windows boot loader (NT Loader, NTLDR) cannot be found. This oftenoccurs when the computer tries to boot from a drive other than the one Windows is installed on, due to a change in the driveconfiguration or because you left a bootable disk in a removable drive. But it may also be because the NTLDR file has beencorrupted or deleted.

SolutionCheck the boot drives

First, check the boot drives to make sure that the computer is not trying to boot from a different drive to the one thatcontains Windows.

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The easiest way to fix the "NTLDR is missing" error is to use Spotmau PowerSuite.However, if your computer is using Windows XP and you have a Windows XP installation CD you may be able to boot from this anduse the Recovery Console to fix NTLDR manually instead.

Use Spotmau PowerSuiteInsert the Spotmau PowerSuite CD and start the computer. The main menu will appear.spotmau-2.gif
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  • When the Windows Recovery tool starts, click Windows NT/2000/XP/2003.
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  • On the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Recovery dialog, click Recover NTLDR and NTDETECT.
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  • On the Recover NTLDR and NTDETECT dialog, select your operating system (e.g. Windows XP) and then click Recover.
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