help NTLDR is missing anyone know what i messed up?

big_tuna

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i was tinkering around and tried to upgrade bios from windows with asus update tool. it all seemed to go fine and it said i needed to re-boot computer and it goes past logo screen and gives a screen of raid setup and then stops with the message NTLDR IS MISSING press ctrl-alt -del to reboot. i tried rebooting and also reset cmos and still no luck.anybody know what that means and if i screwed something up?
 

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No need to worry, it's a pretty common error (my sister had it a few weeks ago and it was easily restored). I can't remeber how we did it but if you just google for it you will find troubleshoots
 

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thanks i'll try to google it.i hadn't thought of that,i read through about 200 questions related to my m board on asus website with nothing so i posted here
 

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I had it when iwas like 12, with my p1, 133 mhz, you need to run fixboot if your running 98, which i doubt, but uhm..pop in the windows disk, and use the "r" feature, and then copy ntldr file, its in i386\ntldr c:\ and i386\ntdetect.com c:\ which is what i did last time.

i havent had the problem since then....it's a boot file.
 

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Something to check into. On my system, if I reboot, but leave my external HDD running, XP tries to boot using that USB connected disk instead of the default RAID 0 setup that my PC is configured for. When it happens, I get the same NTLDR error. So make sure any external drives/storage devices are turned off, reboot, and see if it works for you.

Oh yeah, and check the BIOS to see if maybe it changed the boot config, so instead of BIOS pointing towards a RAID 0 array, now it is set to the default single-drive bootup. You'll need to tinker with BIOS again for this one, but its fairly simple, just make sure the RAID array is the default boot device. When you flash the BIOS, it normally resets everything and you'll need to reconfigure it all, so if you miss one little thing, the system won't work right.
 

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Something to check into. On my system, if I reboot, but leave my external HDD running, XP tries to boot using that USB connected disk instead of the default RAID 0 setup that my PC is configured for. When it happens, I get the same NTLDR error. So make sure any external drives/storage devices are turned off, reboot, and see if it works for you.

I had that problem. But my external 120gb usb drive was labeled as a system disk. Couldn't boot without it plugged in. Ended up having to reformat. Someone mind telling us why windows has this special endearment of usb drives?
 

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i read about this and tried it but i get access denied message. i was able to get it to boot up by pressing f8 at asus screen and going into boot menu. in there i set it to boot to raid config and it starts up normal but if i restart i get same ntldr message. i think im closing in on a fix but cant get it
 

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Boot to the CD-ROM and do a repair install. Breeze by the first place you can hit R, and carry on as though you are loading Windows. Assuming it detects an existing OS, when it gets to the part about formatting the drive it should offer another R option. Choose that one to do a repair install.

This assumes you have XP as opposed to 2000.
 

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thank you all for the help

i finally figured it out , i went to bios and checked it out and realized that windows was trying to boot up on the sata hd i had hooked for back up. i changed it to boot to my raid setup first and it works now. thanks again steve :D
 

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