NTLDR is missing. Hard Drive Failure.

By Trobles86
Jun 7, 2014
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  1. Hello,

    Old Dell computer running Windows XP that was never backed up and I am trying to recover files and photos. I get NTLDR is missing when I boot. I've used Testdisk/Photorec to try to recover my data but when going through the recovered data it seems to be all system files that I know nothing about. I used Ubuntu on the Dell to run Testdisk. I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.I also ran a NTLDR boot disk but ended up with the same NTLDR is missing message. I dont have a XP recovery disk. Anybody that has had this issue please help!
  2. Frozwire

    Frozwire TechSpot Member Posts: 61

    If you have access to another PC or laptop then you can connect the hard drive in to that machine and get the files you wanted to recover from your hard drive in there.
  3. Trobles86

    Trobles86 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I did connect the hard drive to another laptop and the files available were mainly system files that I am unfamiliar with. My assumptions are bad sectors on the hard drive. Does this mean my drive it totally toast!? I also found a XP recover cd to fix the NTLDR is missing error but once I rebooted I received a boot.ini error. I tried a few tricks with the recovery disk in repair mode but nothing worked. The message I get is
    " WIndows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
    Pleas re-install a copy of the above file."
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2014
  4. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,746   +162

    Well you have two choices . You can go on the hard drive is bad theory. Or you can go with windows is bad. Myself from what you are getting. I would go with the hard drive.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,336   +293

    the HAL.DLL should be in the \i386 dir as hal._ll

    If you can find it, then the way to get it relocated properly is

    EXPAND -R wherever_it_is \windows\system32


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