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.