I recently fitted a new SATA hard drive and used Acronis Migrate to clone my original IDE hard drive. This appeared to be a success until I got to the reboot , then I got "ntldr corrupt or missing". Luckily I have a boot floppy that gets things up and running , and everything works fine , and ntldr is in the Windows folder. I suppose I can just keep booting from the floppy but just wondered if anyone could suggest a solution . Thanks
1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer. 2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key. 3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows. 4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter. 5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password. 6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer. copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\ copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ 7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Update , Windows reports the new SATA drive is "working properly " . Have copied the ntldr files from the Windows CD , negative result , and reconnected my old IDE hard drive which still works , and copied the ntldr files from that , negative . I wonder if I copy the ntldr files from my floppy disk which works , to my cloned copy on the new hard drive ... mmmmm.. maybe ? Obviously I would like to get it working properly before I delete XP from my old hard drive. To recap. once I boot from the floppy everything works fine .
Think I'll give it a rest for a bit, been at it for some time now . Thanks for your suggestions , will try a few unorthodox experiments of my own. Can't post this as "solved" because it isn't , but closing down anyway . Coffee time !!