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NTLDR is Missing


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#1 slugger

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:38 PM

Ok well I opened up Google Earth today and my computer got the BSOD for MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION. Then I restarted and got the NTLDR is Missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I restarted multiple times to no avail, went into BIOS and loaded optimized settings, and that did not work either. I installed a clean copy of XP (after 3 tries when it randomly stopped copying files in setup). I finally got it to work, and I just restarted my PC because I am installing programs (some require restart) and I got the NTLDR is missing message, I restarted, got it again, went into BIOS, loaded optimized defaults, and it worked. I have a gut feeling my C:\ drive has errors because it is an IDE drive from 5-8 years ago (30GB) with a 2MB cache, and it seems to be slow. Could this possibly be a hard drive problem? If so, I have a hard drive in mind I want to buy, but I want to be sure that the hard drive is the problem.

Thanks in advance for the help,
Jim

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:17 PM

Worth reading:

CH000465 NTLDR is missing - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

Ntldr Is Missing Fix, Romeo29 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/170057/ntldr-is-missing/

NTLDR Is Missing Fix - http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

And...it never hurts to run a diagnostic on your hard drive, if you think it merits suspicion.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 03:00 PM

Ok well I opened up Google Earth today and my computer got the BSOD for MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION. Then I restarted and got the NTLDR is Missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I restarted multiple times to no avail, went into BIOS and loaded optimized settings, and that did not work either. I installed a clean copy of XP (after 3 tries when it randomly stopped copying files in setup). I finally got it to work, and I just restarted my PC because I am installing programs (some require restart) and I got the NTLDR is missing message, I restarted, got it again, went into BIOS, loaded optimized defaults, and it worked. I have a gut feeling my C:\ drive has errors because it is an IDE drive from 5-8 years ago (30GB) with a 2MB cache, and it seems to be slow. Could this possibly be a hard drive problem? If so, I have a hard drive in mind I want to buy, but I want to be sure that the hard drive is the problem.

Thanks in advance for the help,
Jim

Yes it was a harddrive problem.. your hardrive still see in the bios but it won't load in the OS because on the problem in the cylinder or plate of the hard drive. you will noticed a noise coming from your hardrive sounds like "tik tik" which is not likely before.




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