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Windows 7: NTLDR is Missing


16 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
NTLDR is Missing

This is what comes up when I restart my computer into my windows 7 partition. My hard drive had 2 partitions on it. One contained a Windows XP install that I never used and then Windows 7 which I always use. I used Partition Magic to format the Windows XP partition and to also switch my Windows 7 partition from being a logical drive to a primary drive. It then required that I restart my computer. i did so and it came up and successfully formatted the XP partition to a clean slate. I was planning to install Linux Mint 8 on that partition instead. It then restarted one more time and..."NTLDR is Missing, Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". It does this every time. I've partitioned a lot and never had this problem. I'm thinking it is because I was dual booting XP and 7, so it would ask me at start up each time which I wanted to boot into. I was hoping someone knew how I might be able to goes into the bios...or do something to get back into Windows 7. Please help. I really need to get back into that install.

So I just booted into my old hard drive which I still have installed in the computer. It is also windows XP. I went to my computer and the drives are currently like this: Local Disk (C: ), DVD-RAM Drive (D: ), Linux (E: ), Local Disk (F: ).

Right before I formatted my Windows 7 install was under the (C: ) drive, now it is the (F: ) drive. Maybe this is the problem? Maybe I need to set in the bios or something that it should be (C: )? I dunno, please someone help me.

---------- Post added at 08:32 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:07 PM ----------

After doing some research It seems that NTLDR is only for windows XP and that Windows 7 uses a file called BOOTMGR, so it must still be trying to dual boot with XP as well? please help.


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16 Feb 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Partition Magic is a poor choice. It is long outdated. Who knows what it did. Have a look at this method. Maybe it helps.
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16 Feb 2010   #3

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Partition Magic is not compatible with the new Vista/7 partitioning rules.

Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management Window

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

You could see if running this will do the trick:

should work fine from within XP - just dble click on sispar.cmd.

Input the drive letter of your 7 partition as seen from where you are ( i.e. F) - only takes a couple of seconds.
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16 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

i'm trying that now SIW2, if not i'll post the image.

---------- Post added at 09:00 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:57 PM ----------

Or maybe I meant partition wizard
I Used: Free Download Partition Wizard

because it said it worked for 7. I was going to try what i normally use: Easeus , but they make u pay for 64bit 7.

---------- Post added at 09:01 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:00 PM ----------

after running that it says: "A disk read error occured Press Ctrl alt del to restart"

---------- Post added at 09:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:01 PM ----------

Wait....it worked! Kind of... It boots from my IDE HD though, but all the files are still on my sata hd.... How can I make it boot using the hard drive that Windows 7 is actually installed on?
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16 Feb 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Partition Wizard is fine.

This is the one that should work from XP ( rather than adding bootmenu to XP ) - sorry posted the wrong one.

Run the new sispar.cmd in this:

sispar.zip

Easeus are doing the Pro version Free ( works on 64 bit )

http://partition-tool.com/giveaways/epmpro/


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16 Feb 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

We can advise you better after seeing the Disk Management screenshot. Use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.

It is likely a matter of marking Windows 7 partition active using Partition Wizard bootable CD or Diskpart, then booting the Windows 7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots, to repair or rewrite the MBR to Windows 7.

You can then deal with any partitioning or dual boot issues.

But let us see the screenshot first to be certain of any advice.
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16 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Okay here is a screenshot.


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NTLDR is Missing-diskmanagement.jpg  
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16 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

SIW2, do I have to run that FROM xp? I just tried and it did the same thing, but i ran it from my 7 install.
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16 Feb 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No, you can run it from XP /Vista/7.

If you are getting a disk read error - that is something else. I just recreated all the boot critical files and the boot sector and disk code on your 7 HD.

I see you are now able to boot either XP or 7 from the XP HD.
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16 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Correct. I now get the disk read error on the 7 HD. So basically, I need to figure out what is causing the disk read error and get it so 7 boots from my sata hd.
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