Missing ntldr file from boot sector, fixboot not writing properly from recovery disk

By saviour38501
Jul 22, 2010
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  1. hey ,
    fixboot is not writing the boot sector properly from the windows xp recovery disk. it claims to but everytime i restart it says its missing the ntldr file right after POST.
    chkdsk claims one or more unrecoverable problems.
    any idea on what might securely replace that file?

    system :
    motherboard : gigabyte ga-m55sli s4
    cpu: amd athlon 2.6ghz soc 755
    hdd: WD 320gb
    OS: xp sp3
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    You could copy the file over manually using the recovering console, a Linux Live CD or an XP PE CD. Sounds like there may be an issue with the hard drive that should be addressed first.

    If there is something wrong with the HD, you need to copy the important data off before it gets any worse.
  3. saviour38501

    saviour38501 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks jmmd. figured i need to backup. and yeah i have booted it to linux. i think i'm gonna have to do it manually :\
    was trying to avoid it lol
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    If you're still having issues after putting the file back you can always try a repair install of XP. It's basically a re-install of XP but it doesn't remove your data in the process. It might also be a good idea to run a drive diagnostic on the hard drive.

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