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A friend of mine recently removed my hard drive so that we could install a larger one.

After the installation of the larger hard drive I get the error message, upon boot up, "No NTLDR. Please restart your computer".

Can anyone tell me what "NTLDR" is?

The computer is not recognizing a hard drive. I have determined this by going into the bios.

It is a 250 gig Maxtor hard drive and the operating system is Windows 98 (I was preparing to upgrade to Windows XP but obviously I can't do that yet).

Thank you very much,
Phil
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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security Officer earned 1000 total points
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NTLDR is generally associated with Windows NT and 2000.  I would assume that one of the 2 things have happened.  Since you probably don't have an NT CD sitting in your CDRom drive, I'm guesing that the new Maxtor does not have Windows 98, but does have NT or 2000 on it.

Short for NT loader, NTLDR is a program loaded from the hard drive boot sector that displays the Microsoft Windows NT startup menu and helps Microsoft Windows NT load

General Causes:

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
New hard disk drive being added.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.

Here's what I would suggest.  Recheck your installation.  The drive should be set exactly as the old one as far as Master or Cable Select.  Make sure the cables are securely on.  Pin 1 with the Stripe should go to Pin 1 on the connector on the motherboard and it goes towards the power connector on the drive.

Power on the System and go into the BIOS.  Does the computer recognise it properly there?  You probably have an Auto setting for the Hard drives and the Maxtor should show up there.  You should also have a Boot Priority setting.  I would put it Floppy First, CD Rom 2nd and Hard Drive third.  Save your settings and make sure there is no Floppy or CDRom in the system.  If the error persists, then you will need to run your Windows 98 or better yet, your Windows XP installation CD.  Boot from the CD, delete any existing partitions as long as there is not data you need to get off and create a brand new partition.  If you are using XP, use the whole drive, format it NTFS and you are off to the races.  I don't remember the limitations on Windows 98, but the best you can do on file system there is FAT32.  If you have to go to the Fresh install of the OS, I would just go with a clean install of XP.

Steve
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