NTLDR is Missing


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KenP

Dell Dimension PC, XP Pro

Got malware/viruses and needed to reload O/S. Could not load from CD on
machine so I reformatted drive and put in another Dell Dimension PC. HD is
reformatted and when I tell it to boot from CD I do not get the Press Key to
Boot from CD msg. It goes straight to the NTLDR is Missing msg, press C+A+D
to restart.

Anyone got a clue as to how I get PC to load from CD drive? I've set bios
and used the boot menu and it just is not happening.

Ken
 
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Mark Adams

KenP said:
Dell Dimension PC, XP Pro

Got malware/viruses and needed to reload O/S. Could not load from CD on
machine so I reformatted drive and put in another Dell Dimension PC. HD is
reformatted and when I tell it to boot from CD I do not get the Press Key to
Boot from CD msg. It goes straight to the NTLDR is Missing msg, press C+A+D
to restart.

Anyone got a clue as to how I get PC to load from CD drive? I've set bios
and used the boot menu and it just is not happening.

Ken

You said you reformatted the drive before you put the drive in another PC.
How did you reformat the drive?
 
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db

have you tried to
google:

ntdlr missing

its an old and common
problem.
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db

unfortunately, I have little
ideas because setting
the bios to boot from cd
proves futile.

however, you were able to
boot somehow in order
to format the drive so the
disk is bootable if you
used its recovery console.

perhaps, the cmos battery
is not maintaining the settings
in the bios.

also, I would try the instructions
from here though they apply
to w2k it should work on xp.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318728


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Ben Myers

KenP said:
Dell Dimension PC, XP Pro

Got malware/viruses and needed to reload O/S. Could not load from CD on
machine so I reformatted drive and put in another Dell Dimension PC. HD is
reformatted and when I tell it to boot from CD I do not get the Press Key to
Boot from CD msg. It goes straight to the NTLDR is Missing msg, press C+A+D
to restart.
Anyone got a clue as to how I get PC to load from CD drive? I've set bios
and used the boot menu and it just is not happening.

First, make sure there isn't a floppy disk in the computer. Then try testing the CD
by using it to boot a known good computer. Also, be advised that any changes
to the boot sequence in the BIOS setup must be saved before exiting.

Ben
 
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duckstandard

KenP said:
Dell Dimension PC, XP Pro

Got malware/viruses and needed to reload O/S. Could not load from CD on
machine so I reformatted drive and put in another Dell Dimension PC. HD is
reformatted and when I tell it to boot from CD I do not get the Press Key to
Boot from CD msg. It goes straight to the NTLDR is Missing msg, press C+A+D
to restart.

Anyone got a clue as to how I get PC to load from CD drive? I've set bios
and used the boot menu and it just is not happening.

Ken

Try overwriting (wiping) (not just formatting) the entire hard drive.
Takes a little while but should do the trick.

If you have partitions that likely still have data on them that you
want to save, just overwrite the space that you formatted for windows,
the C: drive. If nothing to save just do the whole thing.

[email protected] KillDisk Free Edition I use this utility from ultimate
boot cd.

If you did it right and the drive was overwritten you will not have
the NTLDR message when you boot the hard drive. Then run windows or
other utility to format and install as usual.
 

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