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NTLDR is missing; had problem corrected;now back again; help

By mickalene
Jan 8, 2006
  1. long story short, weeks ago got ntldr missing, ctrl/alt/del to start. No discs in drive. Did not have xp discs to boot from because came preinstalled on computer. I was able to get xp back up through my old computers xp upgrade disc. Bought an external hard drive to back up someof my programs and data etc. Did a complete destructive revoery through HP (its a hp pavilion a420n). Everything was going great except some issues with someof my software working properly. Was doing an update to my roxio software today and after computer restarted, got ntldr missing again.I run spyware/virus software regularly. AHHHHH!!! NO discs in drive. Did another destrutive recovery, all came back again. Windows started doingan automatic windows update and restarted the computer and low and behold; ntldr missing ctrl/alt/del to start. Would not let me boot through xp so i am in middle of doing destructive recovery again. I am broke and the computer help people at the local stores want 100$ per hour. Do you think my hard drive is fried and i just need a new one? and if so how can i make bootable discs from my xp if i can get i back up again? tyhanks
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I agree with iss. You may well have a failing hard drive.

    Check out these hard drive diagnostic utilities HERE

    Regards Howard :)
     
  4. mickalene

    mickalene TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ntldr missing


    Hey thanks for the response, quick question though. How can tell who makes my harddrive without opening up the computer? thanks
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I don`t know the answer to that.

    It wouldn`t take long to open the case, and take a look though.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. mickalene

    mickalene TS Rookie Topic Starter


    thats what i will do. thanks you rock
     
  7. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    look in device manager under disk drives it should tell you wwho is the maker of the hard drive there. there is alos a free utility that will ID the drive.

    http://www3.sympatico.ca/gtopala/
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I too thought of that, but unfortunately neither my device manager or the SIW programme can identify my hard drive. It`s an Hitachi deskstar BTW lol.

    Maybe they will in mickalene`s case.

    The only programme that Identifies my hdd is Everest, but unfortunately it`s not available for free anymore.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    maybe since IBM sold it's hard drives to hitachi, the drives are having an identity crises. :D
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19


    Lol that`s funny iss.

    Regards Howard :haha:
     
  11. mickalene

    mickalene TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ntldr missing/installed new hard drive, need assistance

    hey you guys helped me out on another post i left, see above. I installed a new hard drive and when i turned on the computer it said to install disk. So i put in the hp recovery cd i have and now it reads
    no operating sysem installed or partition corrupted
    Press "R" to erfrom a full system recovery

    I am assume i press R, but i wanted to make sure. I assume i need to format this hard drive but i am not sure when that comes into play.
    thanks so much if i can get this computer up and running again i am going to be 1 happy chick!
     
  12. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    yes yuo need to press R. must recovery disk pretty much automate the whole process. if not thn simply follow the onscren pormpts if they appear.
     
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