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This problem occur due to operating system,for example if two hard disks are atteched to computer without master and slave, the files from hard disk cannot be loaded in to Ram.So we have to care full......

the other reason may the h.d.dbe it have other operating system.

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Re: Ntldr is missing in my operating system? how can

Try to see if you have inserted a non bootable floppy diskettes, if there is no diskette then maybe you'll be guided here:

may this will help you.


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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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Ntldr missing

first make sure the operating system is not trying to boot from another source make sure there are no disks in cd/dvd floppy or usb drives
then check the leads that attach from motherboard to hard drive are secure and not faulty including eletrical extensions if its a flat ribbon 40 pin replace it it will be the first to fail leaving your operating system with a boot failure
hope this helps

Jun 23, 2011 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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I just installed a formatted samsung sv 2044d. when i try to boot up i get a message saying NTLDR is missing. i put in the windows 98 cd and nothing happens. can you tell me what is happening. ...

The drive you installed is formatted (wiped clean). It has no operating system to boot from... tthat's the NTLDR error.Power off the machine with the Win98 CD in the CD drive. Power up the machine and while the machine is POSTing (starting up showing you what's in it) watch for something saying to hit any key to boot from CD and at that point press any key . The machine should then boot from the Win98 CD and start the install

Dec 18, 2010 | Samsung (SP0411N) 40 GB Hard Drive

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My disk said NTLDR:fatal error4096 reading boot INI.


baically , Error 4096 takes place when the system is misconfigured or its essential files are missing. Such problems occur when a PC is not maintained properly and has accumulated many critical issues that require immediate repair.
go to this link below .. it will help you restore and reconfigure .ini

Nov 05, 2010 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD SATA...

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I formatted my hd making it slave in other system: now i m placing it back on my system then it is saying Primary IDE masterNONE; Primary IDE Slave SP0822N Then comes NTLDR MISSING

> formatted my HD

This deleted 99% of the files on the disk-drive.

> Primary IDE Master: NONE
> Primary IDE Slave: SP0822N

Good. Your motherboard has detected ONE disk-drive.

Do you have just one connected disk-drive on your PRIMARY channel, or do you have two connected disk-drives (via the 2 connectors on the one ribbon-cable on the PRIMARY channel) ?

If you have two drives connected via one ribbon-cable, you MUST set the 'master/slave/cable-select' jumpers on BOTH disk-drives, to identify which of the two will be the 'master' and which will be the 'slave'.

Also, check that the 'second' disk-drive is getting electrical power.


Like I said, you deleted 99% of the files, including the 'NTLDR' file.
Your computer is trying to "boot" from the 1% of the files that still exist on the disk-drive, but cannot find the now-deleted file.
Perfectly normal, given that you have formatted the disk.

Oct 06, 2010 | Samsung (SP0822N) 80 GB Hard Drive

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Why does my dell computer say NTLDR is missing when 1st turned on & my c drive is western digital? It began 9/20/10 after i used system restore & 6/ /10.

NTLDR = NT loader or the i summary the Operating System (OS) Boot loader.
It basically means that your System Restore failed to properly configure your Windows Boot loading programs and you should do a Windows System repair immediately (from a Recovery CD) to avoid further problem or restore to a know good backup (if you have one that is!).
Hope it helps.

Sep 27, 2010 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160...

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Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD SATA Hard Drive Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR could this be bad drive installed xp a couple times now works ok but when i shut it off Couldn't find NTLDR comes up

Yes it looks like a Hard drive problem.
This error means that NTLDR is missing somehow from your computer,hard disk problem usually or virus.
You can go to that page and follow the instructions exactly as he says and will not have to install windows over and over again

Jan 02, 2010 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD SATA...

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Acer travelmate 240 notebook - NTLDR missing message

if you had original xp cd, boot from cd then repair you system, otherwise use your recovery cd to give your friend a clear system.

Feb 17, 2009 | Western Digital Scorpio WD800UE 80 GB Hard...

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Keep getting a NTLDR is missing when I try to install an operating system

This has some information for troubleshooting NTLDR problem.. if you still need help feel free to post here

Jun 15, 2008 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160...

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Samsung 200gb hdd

When u bought a new hdd, it shud not have any partition on it. but in ur case, I assume u have formatted it to ntfs but no operating system is installed in it.

If u want to make the new hdd as slave and have another old hdd as primary, that have already an operating system installed in it, then the problem shud be hdd boot priority in bios. Enter ur bios and check for hdd boot priority and put the old hdd to the top most order, then restart. this shud fix the problem.

If u installed OS in ur new hdd (win xp),
1) ntldr or is missing on root dir. (c:\). If u have another computer that works and have xp installed, just put this new hdd along with the current hdd and boot to windows. Copy ntldr and to your new hdd. Or another way is just repair using windows xp boot cd.
2)the windows partition is not set 'active'. to set active, boot into winxp setup and press 'r'. this will lead to recovery console. type ur passwrod for admin (def=none). use diskpart command to set active. for easy way, put the new hdd to another computer. boot to windows. rightclick my computer, choose manage. on left pane select disk manager. rightclick on ur partition, then set active.

Hope this help

May 08, 2008 | Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA II 300 7200rpm...

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