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    NTLDR missing ??

    Hi all,

    I boot up my PC after puttin it together and I get this:

    NTLDR missing
    Press ctl + alt + del

    What is it? And how can I fix it?

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    Uhh have you installed the operating system? NTLDR is a core Windows component....

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    no, it's a new HDD.... new rig, putting it together..

    How;d I get it back on?

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    Set the bios to boot from the CD rom drive, place your bootable OS CD in the CD rom drive and let it install the Operating system, if there was no operating system on there then NTLDR missing is nothing really new.....

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    Thanks for your help, I'll have a go later..

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    Did you expect an operating system to come pre-installed, *me giggles* sorry, it isn't funny...

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    Um, it'll only look for NTLDR if there's a boot sector on the drive.

    You sure you've not left a blank floppy in there?
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    thats true, I shoulda mentioned theres gotta be something on there to say NTLDR, otherwise it would just report invalid system disc.

    I take it you bought the HDD second hand if you don;t have anything in the floppy drive, cos if that drive is brand new, someones had it before you
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    Quote Originally Posted by m@ttz
    thats true, I shoulda mentioned theres gotta be something on there to say NTLDR, otherwise it would just report invalid system disc.

    I take it you bought the HDD second hand if you don;t have anything in the floppy drive, cos if that drive is brand new, someones had it before you
    Or there's another hard drive in the system that's booting but looking at the wrong device for NTLDR... nah I don't think that's possible, that usually doesn't happen until NTLDR has loaded.

    Hmmmmm.

    edit: Of course if you've formatted it but done nothing with it - you'd probably get that error too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kez
    edit: Of course if you've formatted it but done nothing with it - you'd probably get that error too.
    Thats what I've done...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LayZeh
    Did you expect an operating system to come pre-installed, *me giggles* sorry, it isn't funny...
    No it's not funny, and no I didnt expect to buy a HDD with an OS on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead_Head
    Thats what I've done...
    Well that explains it, now boot off the XP CD and install away....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kez
    Well that explains it, now boot off the XP CD and install away....
    Thanks for your help

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