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NTLDR is missing


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#1 schmod

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:13 PM

Hello,
 
I have a hard drive which gave me a "SMART" error and is in the process of failing. I am attempting to replace it with another drive before it dies fully. I have my new drive and I successfully installed a fresh copy of winXP on it. With the old drive in port 0 and the new drive in port 1 I am able to get to the boot menu and choose my old or new installation and everything will boot just fine.
 
However if I turn off port 0 and just try to boot from my new drive in port 1 I get the "NTLDR is missing" error and cannot boot windows. I have tried to resolve this by 1)Copying NTLDR and NTdetect into the root windows directory on the new drive (they are also present on the new drive in the service pack directory). 2) repairing boot.ini from recovery console using bootcfg 3) tried to repair the master boot record using fixmbr from recovery console.
 
I am at wits end as to what I can do next. I just dont understand why it isn't booting, it seems it should have everything it needs and it boots fine as long as the old (and rapidly dying) drive is active, but without it, it cant boot. Does anybody have any ideas that I can try? Any help is appreciated. 
 
Oh my computer is a dell dimension e520 if that helps.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:06 PM

Hi :welcome: to BC

 

If I'm not mistaken you should have a boot.ini file on the root of your new drive please edit the file using Notepad and copy & paste its contents to your post.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:35 PM

Several options and suggestions here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm#b

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:59 PM

What SleepyDude said...there is only one boot.ini file because you installed when the other drive was attached...and that boot.ini is on your old drive.

 

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:58 PM

Thanks everyone for your help.  I was able to resolve it by copying the ntldr and ntdetect from the old root to the new root and that fixed it.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:24 PM

:thumbup2: , nice work, happy computing :).

 

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