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Ntldr Is Missing

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#1 usrnme14


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Posted 31 December 2007 - 12:49 AM

I took a 20GB Quantum Fireball HD from an HP Pavilion 6736 (Pentium III, 667 MHz) and transferred it to an Emachines T1140 (Pentium IV, 1.10 GHz). I set the hard drive to cable select, and hooked it up (with the cable at the master). Once I turned the PC on, it came up with an error stating that “NTLDR is missing. Press any key to restart.”
Before transferring the HD, it was working on the HP with Windows XP SP2 installed on it.
First thing I did was to put in the Windows XP SP2 CD, and choose the recover option. This deleted some files and copied new ones over from the CD. That didnt solve the issue.
Then I went online and found another possible solution:
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 "E". This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\
7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.

The copy was successful on both files, but that didnt solve the NTLDR issue.

Then I downloaded another file from ntldrismissing.com and went through ten different options, and that didnt work either.

So now Im stuck, and dont know what to do. The HD does show up in the BIOS as the primary HD, and when I hooked it up as slave with another HD, everything on the HD with NTLDR problem was accessible and working, which tells me the HD is fine. Last few things I should mention: 1. originally on this HD was Windows ME installed, and I installed XP over it, with the new windows folder being WINXP.
2. When I put this HD back in the HP, it didnt show the NTLDR error, however it just went past the HP screen, and then stayed at a black screen.. no Windows splash screen or anything.

Any help would be greatly appreciated :thumbsup:

EDIT: I don't know if this makes a diff or not, but I just remembered that the original reason that i installed the XP over the ME was b/c the ME had the NTLDR is missing. On the HP i choose to boot XP or ME, once i transferred the HD i didnt have that option any more, it went straight to ntldr is missing error.

Edited by usrnme14, 31 December 2007 - 05:11 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 03:52 AM

Taking a hdd from one computer and installing it in another is usually the kiss of death for the OS. There are certain IDs in the registry that are recognized when it was initially installed, and when you move it to a new motherboard it sees more new IDs and can't figure out what to do. You will need to reinstall the OS.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:21 PM

Have you tried to move the jumper from the Cable Select (CS) position to the Master position and then booting the drive?

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:52 PM

You might also check that the right drive is selected in your BIOS.

Then you should at least get as far as a good blue screen or lock up.

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