ntdlr is missing or corrupt


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Sure you mean ntldr.


Above is a google search on how to fix. I have tried two times myself with no luck.... Maybe slave the drive and copy off your files. You maybe able to boot from cd and run chkdsk/r.

Good luck

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What happened before
Boot the system using awindows media, go into repair console
Chkdsk /r c:
Fdsik /fix br

First make sure your disk is properly connected to the PC. If that doesn't help, run the disk manufacturer's diagnostic utility on the disk. If it fails, replace the disk, provided the PC isn't too old. You'll find the disk manufacturer's diagnostic tool on the UBCD:


If the disk is OK, boot the PC using the PCRepix LiveDVD (the 32 bit version will also run on older PC's built for XP). Then open GParted, right click the partition on the disk that has the OS on it and click on "check" and then on "apply all operations". That should fix any file-system errors.


If you still have the same issue after that, Install a new OS. As XP is dead anyway, I suggest either Windows 7, provided the PC is compatible with it, or a Linux distro like MakuluLinux XFCE which is very fast and easy to use, and runs very well on old hardware:


Of course you can also install PCRepix which is based on Makulu.
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Sajid Shaik MSystem AdminCommented:
1 Enter Windows XP Recovery Console.

When you reach the command prompt (detailed in Step 6 in the link above), type the following two commands, pressing Enter after each one:

copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\

copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

or use the following link for multiple solution tools


all the best
Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
Boot up with windows XP bootable media and repair it when it prompt for repair.
Boot using the Windows XP installation disk, press R. Then type the following commands:
note : you can test after each command

      BOOTCFG /rebuild

      copy E:\i386\NTLDR c:\
      ATTRIB -arsh ntldr
      copy e:\i386\NTDETECT.COM
      ATTRIB -arsh ntdetect.com c:\

E: should be the location of your CDRom where you have the Windows install disk located.
and check if those files are in the root :   NTLDR   boot.ini     ntdetect.com

Contents of the boot.ini file :
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

check this too for more info :  http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm#What_if_none_of_the_options_worked?
feck1Author Commented:
Is data usually readily retrievable if I slave the drive or stick a usb caddy on it?

Thinking of retiring this machine and just retrieving data
That depends on the state of the disk. But you should connect it internally to another PC, not via something USB. Also, such an old PC may still be using IDE disks, and getting a USB device that connects to IDE disks may be difficult.

It probably is quicker and easier booting the PC using the PCRepix LiveDVD I mentioned earlier, and then you can use that to just copy out data from the disk in the PC to either a USB stick, or to some location on the LAN. If it can't access the data, you wouldn't be able to do that either if you attached the disk to another PC. Besides that, the LiveDVD also contains Photorec, which is a data recovery tool that can be used if the data can't just be copied out.
you can retrieve the data in most cases, but that depends on the disk status -  if it's readable or not
as rindi said - the best way is to connect it drectly toa disk controller onboard; but first you need to know what sort of interface it is
open the pc - if you see the 40/80 wire flat cables - it's ide

in case you use an usb adapter - be sur eit supports ide drives

you can recover it (also like rindi said) by booting from ANY live cd - linux or Windows
feck1Author Commented:
It's looking like a raid PC - two hard drives

I'm cloning them first to two other drives before i start and determine if its a HW problem

Will keep you posted thanks
If it's RAID, it depends on the type of array that was used.

Two disks in a PC don't automatically mean RAID though. Check the BIOS settings. There you should see what type of array has been setup.
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fcek - time to give some feedback
how is it going?
feck1Author Commented:
Was a bad hard drive with bad sectors.

Recovered files / removed hdd and had the pc recycled

Thanks everyone for the tips
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