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NTLDR is missing. Hard Drive Failure.

Q: NTLDR is missing. Hard Drive Failure.


Old Dell computer running Windows XP that was never backed up and I am trying to recover files and photos. I get NTLDR is missing when I boot. I've used Testdisk/Photorec to try to recover my data but when going through the recovered data it seems to be all system files that I know nothing about. I used Ubuntu on the Dell to run Testdisk. I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.I also ran a NTLDR boot disk but ended up with the same NTLDR is missing message. I dont have a XP recovery disk. Anybody that has had this issue please help!

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A: NTLDR is missing. Hard Drive Failure.

Trobles86 said:

I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.Click to expand...

If you have access to another PC or laptop then you can connect the hard drive in to that machine and get the files you wanted to recover from your hard drive in there.
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A:ntldr is missing after hard drive partition delete

still looking for advice.
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A:[SOLVED] NTLDR is Missing after formatting Hard Drive

ntldr is a system file of your windows the only thing is that you need to repair your os.. and if repair will not work just reformat it....
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This link is a good place to start. Is this a clean hard drive with nothing on it?
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A:Win 7 WD eSATA hard drive crash NTLDR is missing

Go here: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Black and download the "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (CD)" > Choose the .iso file to download > and burn a bootable CD from it.

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A:NTLDR missing, PC Recovery failure, BSOD

boot off of the XP CD and get to the Recovery Console. There type in chkdsk /p and hit enter. the Check Disk Utility will try and fix any file errors. Your recovery partition probably has bad sectors, which Check Disk may be able to fix. Or they hard drive is failing.
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A:NTLDR is Missing, Disk Boot Failure, You Basically Suck at Life

enter Bios again and verify on the harddisk screen that SATA is disabled or switch to ide drive. then try reloading with the recovery disk and report back results...
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A:First NTLDR Missing, Now Hard Disk Error

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Last try with this: Hiren's Boot CD
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A:ntldr missing and no CD drive

What exactly is your problem? And what do you mean by - shredded an essential document? You shred paper files, not computer files.

Your Pentium II computer is a separate problem, but you jumbled everything together.

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Take a read of THIS and see if that helps.
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A:Drive letters changed themselves. NTLDR is missing

Hi Chegwell,

My first reaction to this is that the battery that holds the PC's BIOS settings (and system date, etc.) whilst the machine is switched off, is faulty.

Try accessing the Bios (usually by hitting DEL or F1, F2) while the PC is booting, set the hard drive priority to SATA, save and reboot.

Good Luck,

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A:NTLDR is missing AND floppy drive is broken

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Yes it can be fixed using the Windows cd.


Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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A:Hard-disk drive failure and diskette drive 0 seek failure

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A:[SOLVED] New Blank Drive - NTLDR is missing error.

Your CD drive is not reading the CD's you have and it is skipping the CD drive and trying to boot from the HDD and there is no NTLDR file on it so it fails.
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Your 750G is not bootable thus the NTLDR missing error.

More info on how you partitioned your 750G HDD. Download PARTINFO, extract and run. Post screenshot.
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Check your BIOS boot order.
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What OS?
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Hello dime5150. Welcome to the forum

In PW, did you try "Rebuild MBR"?
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A:Hard drive failure

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A:win 7 hard drive failure

Hi Peter,

The sooner the better.

Attach your new HD , make a couple of partitions - the first big one for 7 , the second to store the image you are about to make.
D/L Macrium free - install it - run off the Linux based boot disc - boot it to make sure it works ok.

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I suggest Macrium as it is the quickest and installs fast without a reboot.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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A:Hard Drive failure?

Howdy IdleGuy...

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try a disk check to verify they format correctly
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A:Hard Drive Failure

I believe your best approach would be to download your Hard Drive diagnostic tool, to test for any errors.
Please click here-->

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A:Hard Drive Failure?

Lets begin the testing.
Sounds like it is hard drive or other hardware.
Lets see what happens if you try in safe mode.
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A:Hard drive failure?

Go to Seagate's website and burn their SeaTools hard drive diagnostic utility to a CD. Place CD in drive, reboot, test will take over; run short and especially long DST.
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A:Hard Drive Failure

IvyGames wrote:..  I've been able to get into my laptop and back up files but not sure how to fix the issue.Hi, That is a good news. Sadly to say: Most of the time the 24 char failure id indicates the HDD is failing and need to be replaced. Is it still under warranry ? If Yes, please call HP for a replacement.In the US: HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region.    Regards.
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A:Hard Drive Failure

Hi, Double post. Please use: Thanks.
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A:Hard Drive failure...Now MBR is gone?

put the drive back into the slave position and run
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A:Hard drive failure?

Its pretty safe to say that the drive went up. Whenver you suddenlyget messages about the hard drive not being found, boot device failure, etc., its agood sign that the HD kicked the bucket. To make sure I'd suggest running a diagnostic on it to see if it reveals anything. But I'm fairly certain that the HD is gone.
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A:Hard drive failure

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A:Hard Drive Failure

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I don't run HP, I just like helping others!FX6300 / Biostar TA970 / 8GB ADATA DDR3 / MSI HD 7950 / Corsair RM850 / Sandisk U110 250GB SSD and 2x WD Velociraptors 300GB / Antec 1100 V2 / NZXT Respire T40
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A:Hard Drive Failure

Please Google: error performing inpage operation

You'll find a bunch of articles describing various possibilites that could cause this error. Some don't sound related to the environment that you have described???

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A:Hard Drive Failure

Get a new hard drive. You may still be able to image it unless the damage is too extensive.
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A:Hard drive failure

you might want to open up machine and take drive out of the case and try to run outside of same.See if you can get your data, it may be a warping problem from overheating drive.physically touch the one side of it ,do you feel it running
if not sometimes a light tap on side may get her going.
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A:Possible Hard drive Failure?

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A:possible hard drive failure

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A:Hard Drive Failure :(

These are not good sings.
How much do you want to spend to get the data off? This can get expensive but can be done.
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A:hard drive failure

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A:Hard Drive Failure? or otherwise

Welcome to the forums Len19,Startup Repair
From my knowledge, the BIOS has checked all the devices for a bootable sector, but could not find one, this may due a corrupted boot sector or damaged boot files.

You could try using the diagnostics for your SSD.Intel? Solid-State Drive Toolbox
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A:Hard drive failure

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A:Hard Drive Failure

Just a guess but, with a power surge if the motor is fried and locked solid it would draw large amounts of current.
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A:Hard drive failure soon?

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums,

Clicking noises from HDD's are usually indicative of a problem. The HDTune utility suggests as much, but I can't tell how serious it is. In this case, the best option is to suspect an imminent failure, and act accordingly.

The first thing to do, is to make sure you have an external backup of any critical files, if you haven't already done so. Next, lets run a few tests to see how critical the issue might be.

1. Click the Start Orb, and in the search box type cmd
2. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose Run as administrator
3. In the cmd window that opens, type chkdsk and hit enter

Once it completes, copy and paste the contents of the window here. Depending on what chkdsk shows, we might have to run it again using a different switch to mark any damaged clusters as un-useable, but lets first see what a normal chkdsk reports.

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A:hard drive failure????

Yeah your hard drive has definitley failed. Whenever you get messages about corrupt files, you know your HD is failing. And the fact that CHKDSK can't scan it would seem to support that.
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A:Possible Hard Drive Failure?

Has a tendency to overdue the AV scans, Malware Scans and CCleaner Scans.

A good place to start. Update and run the active AV.
When done download, update and run full scan with Malwarebytes.
Might as well leave Mbam on his lappy as it would appear they will need it often.
It is an on demand scanner so won't interfere with the active AV.

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That helps a lot. There is always unwanted junk in there if it builds up over weeks.
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I am trying to determine if I really have a hard drive failure I m running XP pro While running EXCEL this morning my computer froze Could do nothing but turn the power off and re-boot Upon Hard Drive Failure?? re-booting prior to getting to the Windows screen I got a message about can t find the hardware Re-booted again this time it said there was a problem with the hard drive and it ran a check disc Hard Drive Failure?? Took about hours While it was running it said there were about to problems - had to do with the IE temporary files It finished and booted to windows XP I thought all was ok Finished by Excel work Printed it out ok Came back later to a black screen with the same initial message about can t finding the hardware I called Gateway - Tech adviser had me run a program from the Recovery disc that checks the hard drive Program said hard drive failed Tech rep said I need to get a new Hard drive Is this correct or are there other possibilities Gateway cs tel MHz Pentium FAT GB Hard drive Right now its checking file system complete One message quot The size of the PAGEFILE sys is not valid quot Any help would be much appreciated john nbsp

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I hope y'all don't mind if I piggy back onto this discussion because my computer has just generated the same error message I followed Never Say Die's advice and d l'd the HDDScan utility Here are my attributes And the results from the short test which at least were encouraging I think I note that my drive appears to be having quot Spin Retry Count quot issues and I wonder if the problem might be related to the drive's operating temperature The computer's case has a thermometer and it's showing a relatively cool degrees F So can you offer any comments This popup is annoying Even after I click on it to get rid of it it pops up again a few minutes later so I guess it isn't going away by itself I don't suppose a little drop of machine oil on the drive's spindle would do any good would it Come failure Hard drive to think of it I don't even know if the spindle's end is exposed I got a question -- will the windows warning popup indicate Hard drive failure more than one partition if they're all part of the same drive In this drive's case the warning mentions Hard drive failure the quot C quot partition but the drive has three partitions I guess it doesn't matter a whole lot Also regarding the OP's worries about backing up his drive I did this recently with my laptop I bought a larger hard drive for it and used a Hard drive failure Linux iso for this The iso included several utilities including a cloning utility It also came with Parted Magic which I ended up having to use as part of the cloning process The cloning utility did exactly what it said -- it duplicated the old drive onto the new right down to the old drive's size The rest of the space was unallocated So I used Parted Magic to reclaim this space Worked like a charm but it just took a while The cloning utility took about six hours from start to finish Sorry I don't know the name of this Linux utilities collection I just wrote quot Parted Magic and other utilities quot onto my disk's sleeve It's bootable though so you just have to make sure your DVD CD drive is set to bootable and you're all set

A:Hard drive failure


Since you know how to use PartedMagic that can help us here.

Boot into PartedMagic.
After PartedMagic loads, double-click the Disk Health icon on the desktop and then double-click the icon for your hard drive.
Next click the ERROR LOG tab and let me know if there are any entries and if there are let me know what the rows say.

A picture is fine or if you are connected to a network you can use Firefox from the PartedMagic desktop to log in here and and copy and paste the error log results into your reply.

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i am attempting to help a friend who's hard drive has failed and he had not backed it up!!!!!
i have installed win2k on a new hard drive for him and connected the old hard drive as a slave. using Nero i have attempted to copy the necessary data from the old hard drive but get a message about not finding the path when i try any open up various files on the drive.....
it appears to me the hard drive is dead and all data is lost.
are there any utilities i can use to try and recover the most important documents? someone has suggest to me norton utility but this seems a waste of money.

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OK so I know enough technically to be dangerous but hardware has Hard Drive Possible - next? Failure What never been my strong suit We had a few power outages here today and now one of my computers is hosed Basically it goes through the BIOS and then stops dead in Possible Hard Drive Failure - What next? its tracks The BIOS has an IDE diagnostic tool and when I run it against the primary hard drive it tells me quot Failed - Return Code quot Which I take to mean that my drive is hosed Fair enough I have another PC so I do have the possibility of swapping this drive into another PC to look at it further I keep backups on an external hard drive using a product called Argentum Backup and I was also using a program called Acronis TrueImage to take images of the whole drive although I m not sure when the last time that ran was So what would you recommend I do next On a semi-related note what precisely is the point of surge protectors Possible Hard Drive Failure - What next? if they don t protect your equipment from um POWER SURGES Thanks very much Steve nbsp