ntldr error after format

Posted on 2003-10-21
Last Modified: 2008-03-10

I was helping my friend with his new dell pc (i'd never buy one but thats a different story)

There were all sorts of problems so i formatted.
I then was going to reinstall windows and this is when the difficulty started.

I got the error NTLDR is missing. Please press alt ctrl del to restart.

I went into the boot menu and saw that there were partitions on the drive ( I think one may be a dell only partition or some crap).

Is it safe to delete this partition? How do I rectify the ntldr error?

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Question by:elementdesign
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Expert Comment

ID: 9592789
check possible fix here

Might help


Accepted Solution

Emileneth earned 500 total points
ID: 9595039
It's completely safe to destroy all the partitions, dell and many other brand-like sistems uses some additional partition to restore the sistem on failure, but if your an IT pro or technisian you know how to restore your sistem by your own, so dont hesistate to make a clean install-startup, clean install is the best way to configure your sistem, but remember the configure your bios as you wan prior of windows install

Expert Comment

ID: 9595877
get some clue here..

HOW TO: Troubleshoot the "NTLDR Is Missing" Error;en-us;318728
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Author Comment

ID: 9596807
thanx emileneth for your help.

is it possible to run me through a so << clean install-startup >>?
i just don't really get the dell partition system...

thx very much for your help...

Expert Comment

ID: 9600493
you can format again the drive using a startup disk and using "format c: /mbr" this will clean the boot that gives you ntdlr problem

Author Comment

ID: 9835945
thx for the help. I accepted elimineth cos his comments lead me to the right solution. got it up and working with al ittle bit more research.

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