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NTLDR missing (again)


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#1 PaCarlton

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 04:59 PM

My son's Acer Aspire One netbook running XP needed repairs recently. I took it to a shop which got it going again but running really slowly. I decided that I should try to reinstall Windows XP Home but before I did, I tried to partition the hard disk. At one point in the partitioning the computer required a restart but when it tried to boot back in it came up with the "NTLDR missing error." The netbook has no CD drive and I don't really want to get a USB CD drive which I will only use once. It does take a data key however. The other problem is that my other PCs all run Windows 7.

Is there a simple way to access the machine so that I can repair the operating system? Can I do this using Windows 7 or even Linux? Do I need to do anything to make the data key bootable.

Your help would be appreciated.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:31 PM

How did you go about trying to partiton the hard drive?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:02 AM

I used Easeus Partition Master to create a new partition

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:24 AM

Just curiouz...how did you plan to reinstall Windows...without any means of installing from a CD?

AFAIK...a netbook relies upon the use of a recovery partition to restore to factory defaults. When using such...it's not necessary to do anything other than follow the directions from the system manufacturer.

http://en.kioskea.net/faq/2040-acer-pc-restore-to-factory-settings

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