My son has made a new partition on his pc, selected this as active, rebooted - warned may not detect hard drive - now after reboot, shows msg. NTLDR is missing and can go no further than Bios screen. He also had problems accessing cd drives before he started. Please Help!
Do you have a XP CD you can use to boot to Recovery Console?
Windows always considers the active partition to be drive C, so the drive letters on the hard disk partitions may have changed from their original orientation. Using the Recovery Console, you need to copy the following files from the root directory of the original system partition to the root directory of the current active partition (which is now drive C): NTLDR NTDETECT.COM BOOT.INI If the partition was not formatted using Windows, you may also need to use the Recovery Console's FIXBOOT command to make the active partition bootable.
After you are able to boot into Windows, it is recommended that you use the Windows Disk Management snap-in tool to reset the original system partition as the active partition, and reboot the computer. This will restore the correct system partition as the C: drive.
If you have a PC with XP and a working floppy drive, copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files from the root of your drive to a floppy disk. (To access these files you need to have Windows Explorer set to show both "hidden files" and "protected operating system files".)
Then see if your son can boot from the floppy. You would *normally* get an error message that the Boot.ini file is missing or corrupt and that it is booting from Windows instead, but having set the wrong partition as 'active' this might not work.
He's driving himself & me, mad. Was up all night, cd drive now working, took my xp pro disc to try restore but put his code in and it failed. should he use my key code, as he's only restoring from my disc? I followed Marv's link, I got all but the 1st part (Format) so my usb stick will probably not work for him, as I couldn't do the final part either. Still, West Ham's playing tonight , so his computer will have to wait 'till after the final whistle.