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ntldr is missing

I have a problem with a 2000 SBS box which is displaying 'ntldr is missing' on boot. They do not have the original disks that came with the machine.

They have a backup from several days ago, though I am not sure if it is ok or not. I don't even know what backup software its from. It is on a DDS4 tape.

The situation in this site is unusual as their 'IT guy' was involved in a car collision and has been left badly disabled, no one else in the office knows ANYTHING about the systems/technology/software which means I am completely blind here.

They are absolute about not losing the data. Any suggestions as to how to deal with this would be most welcome, especially the 'ntldr missing'

Adam
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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
Hi 18526,

       Copy ntldr back by following this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320397/en

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MrHusy
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Adam GrahamEnterprise ArchitectAuthor Commented:
MrHusy,

Would the ntldr & ntdetect.com from a Windows 2000 (non server) work? As mentioned, I don't have the access to the server disks.

Adam
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
No, it probably won't work.  Server products have much different boot loaders.

I do sympathize with your situation, and think that what you need to do is get them working again as quickly as possible while also protecting them from this kind of situation happening in the future.

You can boot off a Boot CD to run a complete backup again before trying to restore the last backup that they did a few days ago.  The Boot CD I recommend is UBCD4WIN (http://www.ubcd4win.com)  This is a PE disk that requires you to use a Windows Installation disk to create it.  You can use a Windows Server 2003 disk to make it or even a Windows 2000 Pro or Windows XP Pro.

Once you've made the Boot CD, boot off of that and run a backup.  

Then, restore the server using the latest full backup they had, and then you should be able to restore any missing data from the backup you ran off the BootCD... depending on how it's stored (ie, files, SQL, Exchange, etc).

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Oh, wait... you can't restore the backup without having the Installation CD's.  Restoring an SBS requires that you first reinstall the OS.  So... when you boot off the Boot CD, copy off all data files to a USB hard drive and then you'll have to talk to them about upgrading to SBS 2003 because I don't believe you can order SBS 2000 media any longer.

You would then have to install SBS 2003 (or get it preinstalled), build a new domain and restore the data files manually.

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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
         Hi 18526
                Give a try to ntldr here http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm .

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pmebacCommented:
The fix from mr. husy solve my ntldr problem. I had to create a floppy that the website mentions.   Just for future reference.
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Adam GrahamEnterprise ArchitectAuthor Commented:
sorry for the long no reply on this one.

I had to get a new server and build a new domain.
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