Solved

NTLDR missing when istall winxp on CF card

Posted on 2010-08-24
8
851 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
The installation is successful, but after that, when I reboot it, it said NTLDR missing.

Any suggestion, thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:turbot_yu
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
8 Comments
 
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

by:
woolnoir earned 300 total points
ID: 33508732
Windows XP is a little buggy about booting from removable storage such as CF cards... a nice 'hack' that i saw is

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-any-Compact-Flash-card-or-Microdrive-b/step3/Installing-windows/


This will require either an internal CD-ROM drive or an external USB CD-ROM drive connected, and the BIOS set to boot from the CD drive before the hard drive.

With your CF adapter properly installed in your computer, install only the card that you want to use as the boot drive and verify that the computer recognizes it as master. Put the Linux live CD in and let the computer boot up. Go to a terminal and run the command, "sudo gparted" (without the quotations). Select the disk that represents your CF drive and right click the partition on it, and click delete. This should leave you with the whole drive as unpartitioned space. Right click the unpartitioned space and click New Partition. Select the maximum available space and set the format to FAT32. Click apply and once it completes, exit gparted. Shut down the live session. Put the Windows CD in the drive, and let the computer boot into the setup. Go ahead and partition the whole disk as your windows partition, and format it to the file system of your choice (I prefer FAT32). Let the installation continue as normal until it reboots. At this point, swap to a Linux live CD (I used Ubuntu 8.04) and let it boot to its startup menu. Choose install, and let it boot into its setup. Go through its installation steps until it asks for what drive to put it on. Choose to resize the drive and give the Ubuntu installation about 2.5GB of the available space. Finish the installation as normal and reboot. Swap back to the Windows CD, and let the GRUB menu pop up. Choose the Windows XP option and hit enter. This should start up the second half of the installation. Let this finish as normal and you have a working install of Windows

Why this works (or at least my educated guess) - The code that checks if windows is being run from a removable device is in the windows bootloader (ntldr). When Linux is installed, it installs its bootloader (GRUB) to the master boot record. Since the Linux bootloader detects other installations on the computer, it will give you the option of starting XP. When it starts XP, it doesnt run the Windows bootloader code and runs its own code instead. This code doesn't have the check
0
 

Author Comment

by:turbot_yu
ID: 33508828
If use win7, will it be better. Thanks.
0
 
LVL 20

Assisted Solution

by:woolnoir
woolnoir earned 300 total points
ID: 33508855
WIndows 7 should work fine on a CF - just make sure that when the install happens, its the only drive in the system to ensure all system files are placed on teh CF.
0
Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

 
LVL 7

Assisted Solution

by:gnegrota
gnegrota earned 200 total points
ID: 33508881
It's a CF Card ( PCMCIA or smth like ) ? Or a USB/SD Card ?
A perfect guide to how to install XP on a USB key you can find it here :
http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176 

( "NTLDR is missing" error explanation : Windows doesn't recognize the external drive as HardDisk0 and/or the partition is not market as Boot&Active )
0
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:woolnoir
ID: 33508895
good point gnegrota - i had assumed a CF card like in a lot of netbooks, but did the OP mean a SD card ?

If its the USB device then there are many guides for XP and windows 7, if its compact flash then less so.
0
 
LVL 7

Assisted Solution

by:gnegrota
gnegrota earned 200 total points
ID: 33508929
It's SSD then ( Solid State Disk ) on a netbook  ? Anyway, the link it's ok even for SSD.

Last week I tested this ( http://liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-mini-note-usb.html ) and it worked for me, after I find a compatible USB key ( 4 Gb one and USB 2.0 port , those on left side ) .
0
 

Author Comment

by:turbot_yu
ID: 33508961
The CF card slot is on mother board.
0
 
LVL 20

Assisted Solution

by:woolnoir
woolnoir earned 300 total points
ID: 33508976
Ok then it will be viewed as a removable disk which is where i believe the problems stem from. Try a installation of windows 7, or follow the guide i posted at the start and it should work.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Post Clonezilla image restore issue 6 62
Windows 2016 Storage Pool Issue 3 45
Applying Computer Settings 12 83
Why does my Dell Precision tower 5810 not boot? 13 45
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

756 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question