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Windows 2000 emergency disk causes error NTLDR is missing

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I have installed windows 2000 server over windows ME. It appears to work fine. I made emergency startupdisks and when I try to use them I get a message NTLDR is missing and the bootup stops. This seemed to me to hint at a possibly serious problem. I took the following steps.

Checked for NTLDR. It is there.

Re-formatted and re created emerg disks

Ran repair of startup files from original windows setup disk

As per experts exchange started with windows ME emerg disks, backed up sys.com, ran sys c:
Ran fixboot from the recovery console.
Remade emerg disks.

no luck. System boots fine but emerg disks report NTLDR missing.

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by:jkr
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Does your boot disk contain

Ntldr
Ntdetect.com
Boot.ini
Ntbootdd.sys

?

See also http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;318728 ("HOW TO: Troubleshoot the "NTLDR Is Missing" Error Message in Windows 2000") which originally addresses HD problems, but also explains how to correctly create these disks.
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by:dalemann
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Thanks, I checked and could find all but Ntbootdd.sys
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by:jkr
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Have you tried copying it to the disk?
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by:dalemann
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I cannot find it on the setup disk. Disk is for windows 2000 server rev2
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by:dalemann
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Further investigation turns up that it is a file created at startup from the system scsi driver. I have no SCSI devices, therefore would have no ntbootdd.sys
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by:dalemann
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I have discovered the problem. Windows 2000 creates "Emergency Repair" disks through the "Backup" program. These disks are not bootable as were emerg disks in previous windows versions. The error "NTLDR is missing" is very misleading. "Non boot disk" would be much more appropriate. Nothing at all would have been better.
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