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Check to see if you have a diskette in the disk drive, or a CD in the CDROM. If so, these can make your pc think it has to boot from either device. If either device doesn't have the boot instructions, this error pops up. If you have one or both in your drives, remove them and restart your pc.
On the other hand, if you don't have a diskette or CD in those drives, someone or something may have accidentally erased your boot sector on the hard drive. In that case your data should still be there.
You don't state what your operating system is, so I will believe you have a Microsoft Windows XP or Vista system. If you have an authentic operating system CD, such as Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, you can do a "Repair" which will put back all of your boot information to allow the pc to boot normally.
- To do this, you will have to put the Windows CD in the CDROM and restart the PC. It should boot from the CD and you will see it setting itself up. Watch the screen...if you see a message to press any key to boot from CD, just hit a key on your keyboard.
- Once the Welcome screen pops up, you should see an option to setup your operating system as an option. Use your arrow keys to highlight it and press Enter. Do not select any of the other options. You'll have to accept the license agreement to proceed by pressing the F8 key (top row of keys on a standard keyboard).
-Select your operating system you that want to repair by using your arrow keys and press the R key to repair. If your boot information was all that is missing or corrupted you will see your operating system that is already installed.
- You will be required to input the product code for your Windows version to complete this process. The Genuine Microsoft sticker with your product code will be on either the top or side of your pc. Input that code and press Enter.
This process could take quite sometime depending on the computer you have. Once complete, you should get your Windows Updates to make sure you have all of the current ones to keep your pc up to date.
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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
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