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NTDLR is Missing (on boot)/Windows Server 2003

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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
O/S: Windows Server 2003 R2
HD: Raid-5
Type: Dell PowerEdge 2650

When i try to boot one of my servers I receive the message

NTDLR is Missing
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to Reboot

I do not have any new drives installed, floppy disks inserted, usb drives attached.

I went in to recover console and for some reason the partition that windows is installed on is showing up as the D drive.

D:\Windows  instead of C:\windows

it is like the C and the D drive switched.

I tried the bootdisk from http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm  but it just loads up a blank black screen with option 1

I've already taken an acronis image of the server

any ideas?
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Alan HardistyCo-Owner
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Commented:
Boot from a Windows 2003 CD-ROM and then run a disk check in recovery console.
chkdsk /r
That should hopefully sort you out.

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Commented:
thanks, i am actually running chkdsk as we speak.  i'm still confused  how the c: and d: drives switched.  I'd really like to avoid formatting this server and re-installing sql server 2000 and 2005 .. i guess we'll see what happens.

btw the drives in this server are like 7 years old.... that can't be good
Can you check and see what's taking up the C: drive in recovery console? I'm really intrigued!
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
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I have not seen the drive letters swap before so you could have a virus, but disk check would be my best bet right now, followed by infection.
7 year old disks are quite normal.  I have several servers that I look after with disks that are about that old and still spinning (happily for now).
 
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
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Commented:
You could have a USB drive tucked around the back of the server you didn't know about!

Commented:
Agreed - check your boot order.

T

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how do i check my boot order?

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On server start (BIOS screen), press F2 to enter setup. There will be a listing for boot order.

Should go:
1. CD/DVD ROM
2. Hard Drive
3. Removable
4. Network
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what's the bott cd?

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i have gparted, i will try that now

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Commented:
this worked right away!  the wrong partition was set to boot.  thank you !

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Did the Gparted work? Anyone know how the partition changed?
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