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Problem with my COMPAQ Presario 900Z Notebook

When i start my computer, there's an error message that says " NTLDR is missing. press control, alt, delete. when i do this it goes back to the same thing. i have some files and and programs that i need to access ASAP but my computer is stuck. i don't know what to do. i tried calling tech support at Compaq/ HP but they won't help me unless i pay $69.99 for 45 minutes of over-the-phone support w/ no guarantee they could help me. i have several disks and was wondering if i could use any of them to fix my problem WITHOUT deleting or loosing any files or software that's already installed. I have the following disks and am not sure which one to use.


1) operating system cd

2) quickrestore system recovery cd ( i have 4 of these cds and don't know what the difference is)

3) quickrestore application recovery cd


i would appreciate it if someone could get back to me soon. By the way, they didn't have the model of my notebook as an option so i selected 900US but i actually have a presario 900Z notebook.

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I already answered this question. Your operating system cd is the cd you need to follow my instructions.

If you MUST get the information out NOW, you can bring the laptop to any computer repair center or buy a laptop drive adapter at your local Office Depot or Staples, and then plug it into your pc via USB.

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Ntldr is missing.... when i start my computer, it only shows NTLDR is missing press ctrl+Alt+Del to restart (this is on windows XP) please help... thanks

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NTLDR is missing error on starting the machine

When a PC system or notebook displays NTLDR is missing you can still recover with out re-installing windows. Follow the instructions on the link provided;
Scroll down to: Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
The fix is a bit different for Win 2000 &Win XP.

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I am having the same difficulties as you!
If you have compressed the hard disk drive using the Compress drive to save disk space option under the Properties menu for your hard disk drive and have performed a non-destructive recovery or a system recovery, the following error message may appear: NTLDR is compressed. Press CRTL-ALT-DEL to restart. This error message is resolved by following these steps:
  1. Insert the HP Recovery Tools CD or Compaq Recovery Tools CD into the CD drive on the computer and restart the computer.Wait for the HP Recovery Tools CD or Compaq Recovery Tools CD window to open.
  2. Select Run Microsoft Recovery Console , click Next , and then follow the onscreen instructions. NOTE: If you are unable to open a recovery console, follow the Alternate steps .
  3. Press R to repair the Windows XP installation using Recovery Console.
  4. Enter the appropriate number for the WINDOWS installation, for example, the WINDOWS installation could be listed as 3: C:\WINDOWS or 3: D:\WINDOWS .
  5. If prompted, enter your Administrator password and press Enter . If there is no password, just press Enter .
  6. At the prompt, if the WINDOWS installation you selected in Step 4 was C:\WINDOWS, type: cd c:\Or, if the WINDOWS installation you selected in Step 4 was D:\WINDOWS, type: cd d:\
  7. At the prompt, type: attrib -c ntldr and then press Enter .
  8. At the prompt, type: exit
  9. Press the Enter key and immediately remove all discs or diskettes from the computer to allow the computer to restart.The error message should be resolved.
Alternate steps NOTE: These alternate steps work for HP and Compaq desktop PCs with Windows XP and a recovery partition. (M0st HP and Compaq PCs with Windows XP have a recovery partition on the hard disk drive.) These steps do not work if you have replaced the hard disk drive, replaced Windows with another operating system, or repartitioned the recovery partition.You can use the following steps if you are unable to open a recovery console:
  1. Turn on the computer. When the initial logo screen appears, press the F10 key repeatedly until a message about starting recovery appears.
  2. At the Recovery screen, click Advanced Options and then press the Alt and D keys at the same time to go to a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, enter the following: diskpart
  4. At the command prompt, enter the following: list volume
  5. Remember the drive letter next to line for the main hard drive; HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO.
  6. To close Diskpart, enter the following: exit
  7. At the command prompt, enter the drive letter followed by a colon (:). For example, H:
  8. At the command prompt, enter the following: cd \windows\system32
  9. At the command prompt, type the following: compact ntldr /u <the drive letter>:\ntldr For example if the drive letter was H, you would type: compact ntldr /u h:\ntldr
  10. Type exit and press Enter .
  11. Click Quit .The error message should be resolved.

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if u tried installing windows from a CD onto the HDD and it still says missing ntldr. seems like a Bad hard-drive.

you can restart by pressing control-alt-delete.

then, try booting from windows CD and repairing the windows installation. if it gives u file copy errors.then, it is a HDD failure. get a new HDD.

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Sup dude

Their is typically 2 reasons to get that message.
1 your system has corrupted some files by being shutdown improperly, virus / spyware, or random microsoft glitch.
2. Your harddrive has devloped bad sectors and cannot read that area of the disk.


Grab your install disk, boot to the "Press any key to boot" when you see it.
Press Enter
Press F8
then press R for the Restore Console

It may ask what keyboard you want to use, then default to english.
At this point you will see a screen that looks like dos. Type in
 chkdsk c: /f /r /x
Once that completes restart and see what you get.
 If that does not fix the problem:
You will need to reinstall windows. You can just do a repair install, and that will not delete any files on the machine.

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