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Re: hd install

I believe when you installed the new drive you either removed the boot drive with the operating system or caused it no longer to be seen as the boot drive by the computer. -- this can be reversed to restore the computer to operational mode

Another option is that you may have incorrectly formatted or partitioned the existing drive with the operating system instead of the new drive you were adding to the machine. In this case at best you have some serious data recovery issues or you may have lost the contents of the existing drive in the computer.

Without seeing what is going on this would be difficult for me to assist with. Especially if you did not format or partition anything. I believe the first step I would attempt is to restore the machine to it's original condition with the new drive and any other new hardware back in the box it came from the store in and the original drive reinstalled into the computer where it was originally with any jumpers set as they originally were. If the computer reboots then reply to this message and lets decide how to proceed with the installation of the new drive based on the items you believe you need to do.

I'm not sure how valuable this will be given the fact that the new drive install is probably the issue. But maybe based on what you know about what you did this may be valuable.
If you wish to look at additional information you can review the following:

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Re: hd install

I assume you have windows OS? Which OS? Check your hd is bootable and actually is seen in BIOS. If you have formatted the drive yourself and not through the OS have you make it bootable? Clarify please. Describe in detail so that I can help you out.

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NTLDR missing! New HD, trying to install Windows XP. How do I fix problem?

It is trying to boot off the hard drive. Set it to boot off the CD and you can install off the cd. You can doxthis in BIOS or with F12 forcthe boot menu.

Aug 12, 2013 | HP Compaq Presario SR1630NX PC Desktop


Boot problems and their possible causes & resolutions

Black screen
"Invalid Partition Table"
"Error loading operating system"
"Missing operating system"

Corrupt Master Boot Record (MBR)

Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixmbr" to repair the MBR


"A disk read error occurred"
"NTLDR is missing"
"NTLDR is compressed"

Corrupt boot sector

Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixboot" to repair the boot sector


"BOOT.INI is missing or corrupt"
"Boot device inaccessible"
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll"

BOOT.INI missing, corrupt or out of date as a partition has been inserted

Boot into Recovery Console and run "bootcfg /rebuild" to repair the BOOT.INI


"Windows could not start not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

Corrupt/missing system hive

1. Boot into Recovery Console and run "chkdsk C: /f" to check the system disk for errors and fix them, then reboot.
2. If the error continues and System Restore is enabled, copy the system hive from the last restore point into \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG
3. If the error continues, copy the system hive from \WINDOWS\REPAIR into \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG
4. If the error continues, perform a repair installation by booting from the Windows installation media


"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk, Check boot path and disk hardware."

Boot volume (with Windows folder) is not accessible as defined in BOOT.INI

Check the boot volume is accessible


Dual-boot 32-bit Windows and 64-bit Windows system reports "NTOSKRNL.EXE is corrupt" trying to boot into 64-bit Windows

System volume contains an older boot loader than the boot volume requires - e.g. XP SP2 installed after XP x64

Copy NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR from XP x64 installation media to the root of the system volume

on May 03, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How to fix a NTLDR is missing error

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

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

    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 with Windows installed 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.

    Note: 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 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. Reseat all internal data and power cables. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.

    Try replacing the IDE cable cable if you suspect it might be faulty.

  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. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP. 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.

Apr 06, 2012 | HP Pavilion 513n (P9850A#ABA) PC Desktop

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Hi all! I have a 4 year old PC with 2 HD's , one is IDE and the other one which is newer is SATA. Once in while i get this boot error saying NTDLR is missing. What the computer does is resets the hard...

You question is not very clear. When you set the BIOS, you say it works well for several weeks. Does it change again automatically? If this is the case, replace the CMOS battery. (Usual battery model is CR2032).
If you have WinXP installed on both HDDs, set to view hidden and system files, and copy the NTLDR file from SATA disk to the IDE disk. If your NTLDR files goes missing from time to time, it is definitely a virus. Use a reputed AntiVirus software (I recommend Kaspersky).
If it is a boot virus, - first backup your files to CDs. - Remove partitions from both HDDs.
- Reset the BIOS. - Restart the computer and install OS. - Install a good VirusGuard.

Nov 12, 2010 | PC Desktops

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When installing xp on new hard drive in a gateway GT5056 it says NTLDR is missing What does this mean

If you are attempting to install Windows XP and are receiving this error message as the computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot device, and not the hard disk drive.
When the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.
Press any key to boot from the CD
Important: When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.

Aug 16, 2009 | PC Desktops

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NTLDR is missing

Reference number: CH000465
NTLDR is Missing. Issue:NTLDR is Missing.
Related errors:
Below are the full error messages that may be seen when the computer is booting.
NTLDR is Missing
Press any key to restart
Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR
Please insert another disk
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart
  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.
You can go to these sites to view solutions (to much to post here) Very easy to understand:

May 22, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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What is the term ntldr mean, i get this message when trying to install a new hard drive

Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS
Verify that your computer hard disk drive is properly setup in the BIOS / CMOS setup. Improper settings can cause this error. Additional information on how to enter the BIOS / CMOS setup can be found in document CH000192.

Mar 23, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Ntldr error on ibm intellistation z pro w/ xp pro

During the XP install, you will be given the chance to set up partitions on the drive. Blow them all out. Completely. Then recreate the partition and let XP install. I expect this will solve the nt loader issue. If, however, it does not, then use the recovery approach below to get the required loader files onto your boot partition.

  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 "d." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy d:\i386\ c:\

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

Mar 04, 2009 | IBM IntelliStation Z Pro 6221 PC Desktop

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Hi, i have windows xp home sp3 and turned my laptop on to get the ntldr is missing error, i have tried absolutley everything like using the windows install cd and the recovery cmd and have tried commands...

This file may be corrupted or deleted,u need to reinstall the OS ,it is the better way to stop viewing this error is rare case to handle this error without reinstalling the OS.

Aug 16, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Hp computer desktop model hp media center m1195c

Big problem!!! I know that the problem is not that NTLDR is missing. There is a file call boot.ini on the C: that contains the info where the OS is located, for your computer. It is very touchy to change that file. Did you install another OS on your hard drive? Maybe the MBR was scrapped with a new installation. Did you change the HD partitions?

Please, add some infos.

May 23, 2008 | PC Desktops

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