Is Windows xp file NTLDR really missing?

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October 3, 2010 at 00:54:10
Specs: Win XP, 2 GB

I am facing a strange problem.

One of my friend's machine was not working fine. I went to his place to check the error, but the Win XP in his system was just not ready to startup. So I decided to Repair / Format his HDD.

The machine was reading the Bootable disc too slowly, at times it would hang up.

When I connected the HDD to my own computer to format it, the Bootable disc was working fine. I formatted the Windows partition and installed fresh XP.

Now when the HDD is again connected to my friend's place, it says "NTLDR is missing, press CTRL ALT DEL to restart". I tried to load Bootable disc again on his PC, but the PC keeps on giving 'xxxx file missing' errors on the CD.

How can I solve this problem? Is this HDD problem? And why cant his CD Rom read files from my CD?




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October 3, 2010 at 01:15:42
You cannot install XP on the drive while it is in your machine, and transplant that into another machine. The fact that NTLDR is missing leads me to suspect you didn't even disconnect your own operating system drive while doing the useless install.

That would have left the bootfiles on your C drive and an installed XP in a D or E or F drive. Sorry but to get this done right you need to start over.

Wipe the drive again. Diagnose the problem in the machine that has the reading/booting problem. Fix that problem then install XP on the drive in the machine it is going to run on.

As to why his CDROM drive might be having problems, it might not. It could be his ram is faulty. It might need re-seating or replacement. Failure to copy files during XP Install is a common sign of faulty ram. You should create a Memtest86 bootfloppy and test his RAM.and while you're at it download a harddrive diagnostic and run that from a bootfloppy

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October 3, 2010 at 05:27:50
Thanks a lot Richard.

I did that stupidity of installing XP by joining this HDD along with my own.

Now the HDD is working independently.

Thanks! :)


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October 3, 2010 at 06:00:24
Glad you got it sorted.

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