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Windows ntdlr missing and ntfs to vfat


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#1 Paracitefluke

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 02:25 AM

Hi I need help because my XP was not going past the XP splash screen.

I decided I should try to recover my windows, by using the XP disc. I only went to the recovery part of it and I used "winbootfix" or something like that as a command. It said it fixed the boot. When I tried to start up windows it said it was missing ntdlr.

When I start up kubuntu and I went to the xp partition everything is unreadable. File names are boxes and funny characters. Nothing is recognizable. Please help...

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 04:14 PM

Boot back into the Recovery Console and type the following three commands (e: is the CD drive, if yours has a different letter use this instead):

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\
exit

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 04:13 PM

I did this before and it says the same exact message. "NTLDR is missing Press any key to restart"

Once I used something on recovery console like fixboot or something, does this have anything to do with my hard drive issue?

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 04:28 PM

Two commands you can try from the Recovery Console:

fixboot
fixmbr


Try them one at a time; that is, type exit after the first one and if it won't boot try the second one.
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 04:36 PM

Go here,

http://www.tinyempire.com/shortnotes/files/ntldr_missing.htm

Download the fix, make the disk, useit .

I have used the fix many times & it has always worked.

If it doesn't you probably have other problems.
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:26 PM

I looked at my windows partition through kubuntu. The hard drive contents are usually readable, but everything in it is not in any language. The characters are all symbols and boxes. I really think there is some other issue.

The fixboot command was what cause me to get into this trouble in the first place, though it might be something else that caused this problem.

I tried using the fixmbr but it said my information was corrupt and maybe unrecoverable. And that I will risk losing some contents, I believe.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:37 PM

You should try running a diagnostic test on the hard drive.
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:39 PM

How do I do that?

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:54 PM

What is the make and model number of your computer?

Or, if it is a custom build computer, what make of hard drive does it have?
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:58 PM

it's custom built and has a seagate hard drive.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:06 PM

In that case you want to run the SeaTools for DOS diagnostic test from Seagate.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools/
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:48 AM

The tests passed all the hard drives in my computer on the "short test." I am testing it on "long test" now.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 11:53 AM

FWIW: Those warnings when attempting to run the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console...are routine. Users need to continue with running the command, acknowledging that the warnings have been read and understood.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:54 PM

FWIW: Those warnings when attempting to run the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console...are routine. Users need to continue with running the command, acknowledging that the warnings have been read and understood.

Louis


Is it ok especially when the hard drive was an ntfs. Right now it is a Fat16. I have no idea how it did that. I feel like it won't fix it. I would like to know why I'm wrong. Thanks.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:58 PM

Fixmbr is not the problem. I just used it, now I can not boot into linux.




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