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hi i am using a xp home. recently i installed norton goback and was prompted to restart after installation. when I restarted i got this goback error window saying "press spacebar to ......."  and it wouldn't boot. It would shut down after couple of seconds of showing that goback screen and start the same thing again and again.
Then i  boot from xp installation cd and did the fixmbr. It  got rid of the goback error but i keep getting this ntldr is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart. I press ctrl+alt+del but it wouln't restart.
Now I manually restarted and tried to boot from the cd but after i get "press any key to boot from cd" followed by "......" ( five dots) I get the ntldr is missing message again. it doesn't seem to boot from the cd. My cd is fine  - infact I tried a couple of other cds aswell.  Boot priority in the bios is fine I have checked them numerous times. I have lots of datas, photos and videos in the hard drive. I don't want to format it.

The other thing is after I get that ntldr message my keyboard doesn't seem to work , may be I am wrong but it is not responding after that message. Prior to that message its fine.

I have two cd drives and they are both fine aswell.
pls help
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hi
sorry I could not get back before.
 In the mean time I bought another hard drive- install another xp on it and hooked the previous hard drive as a slave.  Now it was sitting there as drive F after my current C  and 2 cd drives D and E. I couldn't access it though.  It had four partitions before but it was only showing up as one partition.
I then downloaded partition doctor and rebuild my partitions on my old hard drive. All the partition came back to life and is sitting there as F, G., H and I. These new F and G are supposed to be the C and D previously where C had xp installed on it and D had my temps folders.  The other 2 are my media and other docs folder which are now retreived fine.
But the F (previously with my xp installed) is now not accessible. It says the file or disk is corrupted and not accessible. partition doctor suggested to do the fixboot but it couldn't do it.

My idea was to get access to my old c drive and copy the ntldr and ntdetect.com.......... to it  and then boot from the that hard drive as I have lots of things on it. I couldn't copy from the recovery console and that is why I had to try this option.
I cannot think of formatting that drive or let that xp stallthere. please help me
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>>>  you need to uninstall goback first

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how do I uninstall goback. It is on my old hard drive which is simply unacccessible.
Partition doctor  says that it needs a fixboot. Fixboot cannot fix it.
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hi I just tried to emove goback.
I boot with the sick hard drive from the goback removal cd that I created as per instructions.
It says bad command or bad file name then I get another line of message saying that goback has been removed. Then when I tried to boot from the hard drive I get that ntldr missing message again.
Tried fixboot - didn't work. Tried copy ntldr files - access denied.
Please help
Please check to see if your boot.ini file strctured correctly as in link in my first post.
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your problem is - imho -  you tried to repair  before removing goback.
i suggest now recovery soft to access the data if you need it, and a complete format of the disk :
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector -free
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                        Easy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                        Active undelete
http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml                        Handy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html                        flash recovery
http://www.ontrack.com/                                    ontrack

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any suggestions without formatting.
That will be my last resort

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as the partition seem to have stuffed up It cannot find the Boot.ini file when I tried to check it from recovery console. I couldn't even copy one from the floppy to that drive as I get a blue screen. I remembered i got the same blue screen  with 0000000 0000000 000000x0 -similar to this  when I tried to copy ntldr and netdetect.com... from the xp cd.
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the last time I ran a program to check for bad sectors. I found quite a few bad sectors on that hard drive. May be that is why it cannot do the fixboot. Any idea  to repair the bad sectors for free.. May be that  will help me to fix the ntldr and get back to my old windows.
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try this :  http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
you can also run a disk check on that drive when it is slaved to a working PC, if it can access it.
you can try to rebuild the boot configuration.
Here tells you how
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/repairbootini.htm

Also can you clarify: If you install this drive as an extra dive in another computer can you view the contents of what used to be the C drive.

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Firstedition0: I have tried that aswell. It didn't work
since yesterday when I use that drive as a second drive on another pc it is getting recognised. Originally it had four partitions and now I can see all of them andaccess aswell, except one partition in which I had installed my xp previously.
 So I can see and access the three partitions but can only see but not access any files in one part. in which I had xp. This partition was about 40gb but it shows only 10.1 mb on the explorer. If I click on it , it has another 2 folders only like recycled and sys. volume information and other few files with funny names made up of square boxes and inverted ? (question mark)
However if I go to the disk management, this partition is broken into two blocks one blue and one black.  Blue is now Fat16(I don't know where it came from - used to be ntfs) and is about 33gb and the black is about 7 gb and says unallocated.
pls help
As nobus stated earlier its looking like a format and reinstall.
The last time that I had a situation were bootcfg would not rebuild was due to the boot.ini file looking in the wrong location. I managed to edit the said file by placing the harddrive in another computer and set it to look in the correct location, but you do not have this option.

From your post it is obvious that partition magic has not reconfigured your C patition correctly. I have always found it difficult to revive a drive where this has happend. You may find it quicker to format and reload OS plus programs than try to get your partition back in tact.

As nobus said earlier, use a file recovery program to get your files back then format the patition.
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i have seen many posts here about PM causing havoc on partitions.
I prefer bootit- ng : www.terabyteunlimited.com/       
Has never let me down, or anyone i hear here

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hiI was just truying to recover my datas using the data recovery wizard 3.3.4  and It recovered about 40 gb of my datas in that partition but when I tried to browse them there are so many folders called directory and I don't know where all my files are. Do I have to go through them individually to find my files. Mind you about 30 gb of them are my system files and program files only which I dont have to save if I have to install a new windows.
But I think I have done something wrong. is  it normal to get so many folders and subfolders called directories? If so is there any way i can retreive my data as they where- so that I know where they are?
thank you
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the best are GetDataBack and Stellar :
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector -free
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                        Easy Recovery

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But they are not free. They are free to scan but I'll have to pay to recover and save in another drive.  I have already spent too much on this. Any good freeware that you know?
Thanks nobus
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in my list is a free one -  did you not read it ?

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yeah that pc inspector? I have tried already. It just stos when searching for partitions and says something like data execution (008676) not founfd.. memory module. Sorry I don't remember it exactly.
thanks anyway. I am going to format it tonight. I have recovered as I told you other day 45+gb of 11000 directorys (folders) which I have to browse thru if I need any of my old files. Its a pain though I 'll save it on my other file until I am sure that I don't need it at all.
thanks nobus and first edition. You both deserve the points
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Then please close the Q and award points as you see fit

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If you can't share between two I would like to give 450 for nobus and 50 for firstedition)
thanks nobus
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then please do it :=)
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