internal hard drives

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May 28, 2009 at 13:38:32
Specs: Windows XP, ?
hi all
i looked at desktop pc
and there are two hard drives installed
when i try to format i get
ntldr is missing
i have read that it could be hard drive related
i want to remove one and have just one installed as master which i will format and reinstall os
how can i tell which (if any) of the hard drives are working
do i just connect them one at a time
what should i look out for or be aware of
any advice appreciated
i am good with software
newbie with hardware
thanks all

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#1
May 28, 2009 at 14:19:51
You have told us absolutely nothing about your system other than it has two HDD's. Was it a RAID array or did one HDD have the OS & the other used for storage?

You're getting the "ntldr is missing" because you're either trying to boot off a drive that's already been formatted or it has a corrupt Windows installation. You need to boot off the Windows CD. Make sure the boot order is set correctly & the BIOS & when booting, watch for the Prompt to "press any key to boot from CD". If you miss the prompt, the system will bypass the CD & move on to the HDD.


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#2
May 28, 2009 at 15:08:52
hi
thanks for reply
one was master with os
other was slave (storage)
i presume master is faulty
they are both ide drives
i want to remove master and just have the other as master
( current slave drive)
and install new os
if i set jumper on slave to master and just remove the other drive from pc (plugging master end of ide belt into other hd)
will this enable me to format the drive and install os
i can get into bios do i need to change anything ?
thanks m8

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#3
May 28, 2009 at 15:10:28
meant to say
bios is set to boot from cd

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#4
May 28, 2009 at 16:07:52
"ntldr is missing"

It is RARE that this is hard drive related.

Most common reason for this is virus/malware infection or a drive that has never been defragmented.

Having one drive for OS and the second drive for DATA is an OPTIMAL [very best] configuration. Don't change it.

Your first step would be to boot into Recovery Console and run chkdsk /r on the master drive. This will make sure you don't have file level/disk level corruption.

Next step would be to do a repair install of xp. This is not a reinstall like from scratch but a install to repair xp system and boot files.


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#5
May 29, 2009 at 05:19:30
thanks for reply
have already tried these options when i could boot from cd
now it will not boot from cd (ntldr missing)
that is why i want to try hard drives separately
i can reinstall extra hd when i get it working
thanks m8

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#6
May 29, 2009 at 08:20:54
You are not booting from cd if you are getting ntldr error.

Are you telling me you ran chkdsk /r from recovery console wehn you could boot to cd?


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#7
May 30, 2009 at 05:51:34
hi m8
when i could boot from cd
i tried repair option
but i just got msg
"repair function is to repair windows bla bla type exit etc"
no options for anything else
i also tried to format
took hours to get to 33%
then said cannot format
no dos prompt to run chkdsk
when i rebooted got "ntldr missing"

its not my pc so i cant do anything till monday
i just need a few ideas to try then
thanks for the help m8


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#8
May 31, 2009 at 16:55:23
came across such nightmare error a couple of times only,
mainly I've managed to sort it out with SwissKnife........

http://download.cnet.com/CompuApps-...
2248_4-10070864.html


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#9
June 1, 2009 at 05:56:06
thanks m8
will check it out

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