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HELP - NTLDR Missing Error

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#1 Allan99


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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:41 PM

Hello, I hope someone can help. I was trying to replace the hard drive in my laptop with a larger one. Before installing, I was using software to make a clone of my old drive on the new one. My old drive has 3 participations, C - the boot drive and most system files, D - the data drive and E - a system backup drive created by Norton. When I went to make the clone, I accidentally selected Drive D. Thinking it was only making a copy, I let the clone process conclude.

Now, when I try to start the laptop, I get the NTLDR is Missing error message. I suspect the laptop is trying to start up using the D drive. I replaced the drive, but when I try to start up using the new drive, I get a message that there is no operating system.

I am using Windows Vista. I do not have a start up CD or alternate means to start the computer.

I checked the Bios, and it just provides the option to start using the hard drive, not a particular partition.

One option I was considering is using the Recovery disk to reconfigure the old drive to original specs. Then I could use a backup from Norton to reinstall everything. Would this work?

The computer is about 5 years old with a lot of software on it that I don't have original disks for anymore. I would really hate to lose everything.

Is there an easier way to have the computer start from the correct partition?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:03 PM

You need the Recovery Console to run Fixboot
Since you do not have a Windows CD, try this:

Thanks to wannabe1 from Geeks to Go for this one.

This is a download of an .iso file of just the Recovery Console for XP.
Burn to CD with Nero or other 'disc image' capable tool and boot.
I like Imgburn, very simple:
It looks just like the start of a normal XP CD, but will only offer the Recovery Console by pressing "R."

All normal Recovery Console procedures can be run from this utility.
Direct download: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso


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