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what does NTLDR is missing mean?

  • what does NTLDR is missing mean?
  • NTLoaDeR is one of the main bootstrap files that NT (or probably XP in your case) needs to load the operating system.
    You have somehow deleted this most important file, without which (as far as I know) the OS can't boot itself up.
    You're going to have to find a way to extract it from your backup media and copy it to the Root Directory of your hard drive.
    Best bet is to go onto the Microsoft Windows Knowledgebase and see how they suggest doing it.
    You're by far not the first (and won't be the last) person whom this has happened to.
  • This link may help:
  • Make sure that you check for simple answers first.  If your BIOS was set up or changed to boot from floppy or CDROM first, then check that their isn't a floppy or CDROM left in your drives.  If there is, the PC may be trying to load the boot loader (NTLDR) from a floppy/CDROM where one doesn't exist.
    The next think I would check would be to go into the BIOS and make sure that my hard drive wasn't turned off by accident.  If the hard drive isn't showing up in the BIOS, then you might have a hardware issue.  Open the case and uplug the data and power cables on both ends and plug the back in firmly and try again (basically the first item on the Dell trouble shooting list :)
  • My money's  on a non-bootable floppy in the FDD. :smileywink:



  • Non bootable CDROM can also give this error.

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