NTLDR not found issues, help greatly appreciated

March 18, 2012 at 12:58:33
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core Duo
I appreciate in advance any help I can get with my issue:

Oper System: Windows XP
Dell Inspiron E1705

I got a nasty virus/malware last night, finally get malwarebytes to run and let it run overnight. Come to my computer this morning and I have the "NTLDR not found, press any button to restart". I have read up on this issue (by using the windows recover from the installation cd) and am trying the "copy d:\i386ntldr c:\" however I get "the system cannot find the file specified" as a response. I feel like I am decently computer savvy, in that I can find my way around with good directions, but won't be able to do much as far as interpreting what I see is concerned. Here is my c:\windows map (which doesn't seem right to me, but I again, not the right guy to ask)
?FAT 16 39MB \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
C:NTFS 89150MB \Device\Harddisk0\Partition2
E:FAT32 4754MB \Device\Harddisk0\Partition3
F: FAT16 8MB \Device\Harddisk0\Partition4
D: \Device\CdRom0

Also, I am not sure if this is pertinent or not, but I am not using the copy of windows XP that came with my computer. I am using a different one, but it is still windows xp (not pirated)


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#1
March 18, 2012 at 14:51:00
Are you running the Dell Windows or not? All those partitions were setup by Dell. If you reinstalled XP using a retail disk, you should have wiped all that crap out & repartitioned it more sensibly.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findb...


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#2
March 18, 2012 at 15:28:06
I haven't changed anything/reinstalled anything as far as windows goes. I don't even know what a partition actually is. Could the virus have caused it?

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#3
March 18, 2012 at 18:03:28
"I am not using the copy of windows XP that came with my computer"

That's why I asked if "Dell Windows" was installed on your computer. Apparently you never created the Dell Recovery disks.

"I don't even know what a partition actually is"

You have a 100GB HDD. It's broken up into ?, C, E, & F. Each of those are partitions. You numbered them 1 thru 4 so I assumed you understand what they are. C has Windows, E is the Dell restore partition which is used to restore Windows, F is the Dell utility partition. I believe the ? partition is diagnostics.

Did you check the link I posted in my other response?


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