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NTDETECT failed

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As soon as the boot loader selects the profile, and I receive the standard message:

"NTDETECT V4.0 checking hardware ..."

I immediately receive the following error message:

"NTDETECT failed"

I am running a Dell Pentium 133 with 64 MEG of RAM, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP3.  My only hard drive is partitioned NTFS.  I do not have an Emergency Boot Disk.  I have already tried reseating everything in the PC with no luck.  The CMOS correctly identifies both the hard drive and the CD-ROM correctly.  I have also tried booting to a floppy and running NTFS130.EXE - it fails.

Is there anything I can do to save my data?


Thanks in Advance,


Pat
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If you added hardware to your Computer before ntdetect failed, remove it.
If you have access to another computer with NT installed, create a boot disk: Format a disk on this computer and copy ntdetect.com, ntldr and boot.ini on it. If both system have NT installed on the same partition (C:, D:...) and same directory, you have to change nothing.
Try to start NT Setup from CD in Repair Mode, check only Bootenvironment to check. If you can't boot from CD, use the setup floppies or create them on another PC by typing winnt /ox from DOS or winnt32 /ox from NT
If this doesn't solve your problem, try to install NT in a different directory.
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