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Installation setting hard drive to master . booting from disk, error reading disc appears

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What ATA setting does your computer support? Hitachi makes a program you can drop the ATA settings down on your drive and that might fix your read error problems. It's called Feature Tools and it is on there website.

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First make sure there are no disks in any of the drives cd floppy and usb Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.

Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM file.

Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32

New hard disk drive being added. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.

Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable

Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.

Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CDROM First verify that no FLOPPY DISKS or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette

Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive including IDE,SATA

if ita flat 40 pin ribbon type it will be the first to fail.

The leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a

secure dust free connections and are not faulty

Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections

Computers need power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error


When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader, a bootstrap process that begins when you turn on the computer.

A missing NTLDR means that your computer cannot boot to the operating system.

This issue is only a problem on computers running Windows XP or previous operating systems as Windows 7 and Vista don't utilize NTLDR.

Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your installation disc.

Locate your Windows XP/2000 installation disc and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. If you don't have this disk, then you cannot proceed further.

Restart your computer.

When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted, "Press any key to enter setup."

Most computers are configured to boot to another device other than a hard drive.

Since the Windows XP/2000 installation disk is bootable, you should see the prompt.

However, if you don't see the prompt you may need to change your boot priority in your BIOS. To do so, enter the system BIOS by following the onscreen instructions upon startup.

Then navigate to the Boot Priority menu and modify another device, such as a CD-ROM to boot prior to the hard drive.

Then reboot your computer.

After you have pressed any key, the Windows XP/2000 setup screen will appear.

After loading, press the "R" key to repair the Windows installation.

The screen will appear black.

The computer requests which installation you would like to log in. Generally speaking, press "1" and "Enter."

If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, the procedure may be different.

You must know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed in.

You are subsequently prompted for a password.

If you haven't set up one up, you can just leave the query blank and press "Enter."

The phrase "c:\WINDOWS>" and a blinking cursor subsequently appear.

Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows" (without quotes), where "D" is the letter of your CD/DVD ROM drive (your optical drive may be different, especially if you have more than one).

Eject the CD from the drive and type "Exit" (without quotes) to restart your computer.

The NTLDR file will be copied from the installation disc to your hard drive.


If you've started your Windows XP computer and you see an error message to the effect that the "NTLDR" file is missing or corrupted, you've probably also noticed that the computer refuses to boot any further.

This is because the NTLDR file is an integral part of the boot process and needs to be restored before the boot process can proceed normally.

Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer.

Restart the computer and press any key on your keyboard when the message prompting you to do so appears.

Press the "R" key to open the Recovery Console and then press "1" and "Enter" in order to select your operating system.

Type in your Administrator password (if needed) and press "Enter."

Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" and press "Enter" and then type "copy d:\i386\ c:\" and press "Enter."

Restart your computer and let it boot up normally.

Since the NTLDR is freshly restored, the computer boots up properly.

Hope this helps

Nov 11, 2012 | Seagate Hard Drives

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Disk read error

Sounds like your drive is going belly up. Try running the check disk utility on it.

To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

Jun 09, 2012 | Toshiba MK3263GSX 320 GB SATA Hard Drive

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Ntlrd missing xp tablet on my hp tc1000 with no cd rom

  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and 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.
  10. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source

Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD-ROM. First verify that no floppy diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette.

Note: This error has also been known to occur when a memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it. If you have any card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras, ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer.

If you are attempting to boot from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files or is corrupt.

If you are attempting to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 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.

Second, 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.

Note: If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be booting from the CD-ROM properly. Verify the jumpers are set properly on the CD-ROM drive.

Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS

Verify that your computer hard disk drive is properly setup in the CMOS setup. Improper settings can cause this error.

Corrupt NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM file

Windows 2000 users
Windows XP users

Sep 24, 2011 | Hard Drives

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My hard drive is not clicking but i cant format it. how to format? it says disk error

you can click on computer then right click on the drive that you want to format the you will see the option FORMAT,or you can use a recovery disc and do a clean install,how to do a clean install? put the disc on the dvd drive nad then turn off the pc,turn it back on then keep on tapping f12,select boot from cd/dvd or boot from odd

Jun 12, 2010 | Seagate U6 (ST340810A) 40 GB Hard Drive

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Pri master hard disk: S.M.A.R.T. command failed

there is problem with hard drive kindly replace it.
have a nice day dont forget to rate pls.

May 11, 2010 | Samsung (SP0411N) 40 GB Hard Drive

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It wont load windows xp even with the recovery disc it just keeps saying boot with any key

You may have set the boot priority in the CMOS. If so, enter the CMOS setup and set the priority to "boot from HDD" This may not fix your problem, but it is a start. If it still wants to boot from another source, the HDD master boot record (MBR) is corrupt, or the HDD has failed.

Mar 17, 2010 | Averatec (70-822301-00TRI) (7082230100TRI)...

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Error Loading operating system

CHECK your bios setting first, and make sure, in hard disk boot priority section, your external hard disk is recognised and set as the first boot device. YOU NEED TO BE SURE YOUR BIOS SUPPORT BOOTING FROM USB FIRST.

IF the hard disk is there u can do several stuff to boot it:(unplug any internal hard disk first, TO MAKE BYPASS CONFLECT ISSUES)
- make sure the drive is seen, whene you are trying to install windows.
- go to recovery console in the setup disk, and reset you master boot record, type:1- fixmbr (or fixmbr c:) >>> WHERE "C:" IS YOU WINDOWS INSTALLATION DESTINATION!
2- fixboot
and then restart and try again......
- try to download plopboot manager, burn it to disk, and boot it, try to load your hard disk frome there.
- install any boot loader, like lilo or grub if you are familiar with, they can boot any os you like!

You can always install Grub to your Master Boot Record of the initial internel hard disk, **** you need to have basic knowlege on how to edit the menu.lst inside grub folder, and basic knowlege of linux partitioning schemr, becoz GRUB need to be installed there as well, **** whene you are already familiar with its use, you can boot any thing you like, even with a friendly boot menu at startup alowing you to choose the option you want to boot.

N.B: make sure you have googled and read about grub, and how to install in, if u have a windows installation on the internal hard disk and afraid to loos it, there is a tool called super grub disk, google for it and download it, it can be installed from windows, and it can automaticaly load windows ntldr/boot.ini.

dg luck.

Dec 31, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

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I have a seagate barracuda 7200 7 40GB, with 2 partitions: 1-(c:/)WindowsXP, 2-(d:/)for save my personal files.At PC startup, the message that appears is missing OS. BIOS detected HDD, but Windows CD no,...

you can take backup of D drive om other computer .
Conect your harddrive to that other computers CPU but make sure that your hardddisk is slave which has issue you can set slave your hdd with jumper read on harddisk.
then connect it to cpu with SATA or IDE .
Then winxp find that all partition then take backup.

AND IFyou haven't other computer you need winxp bootable disk.
Boot your computer with winxp disk then follow the procedurer then you see on screen
your old winxp for repair then when it ask for "r"
Presss "R"
thats it.
Thwen it repair your winxp then you can use easily.

Aug 22, 2009 | Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 40 GB Hard Drive

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My cisnet computer keep reading disk errors.i tying to install window xp. it also system window 32 problems. is a missing files. how do you fix it?

u need to format using a windows 98 sec boot disc. place the floppy in to the comp. switch on the comp. let the disc run, making sure your bios is set to boot floppy first. when disc is finished setting type fdisk then when finished delete drive by pressing 4 .add drive when finished by pressing 1 and following the insturctions. when finished press crtl+alt+del let the comp, reboot the when the disk as finished loading type format c: press yes let it run press crtl +alt+del again then take out floppy disc and put in winpx . as this sounds like you have a virus in your registery

Aug 03, 2009 | SimpleTech 320GB SimpleDrive External by...

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2nd hard drive on Dell Dimension 8300 ( both ATA)

setup the original harddrive as master and the new one as slave then the drive that comes up as c will be the master and the others will follow suit and when you install the games just change it in the install

Jul 20, 2009 | Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKB -...

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