Having problems with your Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop ?

Replacing with harddrive 40GB

\015 Trying to replace current 10GB harddrive with 40GB. It will load files but give error message "couldn't find NTLDR"\015

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This\015\012 error occurs when the partition marked as active does not contain the\015\012 operating system boot files.
The boot partition must be located on the disk\015\012 pointed to in the BIOS boot sequence.


Boot to a command prompt by using a boot disk

At the command prompt, type fdisk, and then press enter.
\015\012 3. Click set active partition, choose the partition that you want to make active, and then\015\012 hit enter.
\015\012 4. Press Esc.
\015\012 5. Remove the boot floppy disk, restart the computer.

Using the Recovery\015\012Console, copy the Ntldr file from the Windows XP CD-ROM to the root\015\012directory of the current active partition. Follow these steps:
\015\012 1. Start your computer by using the Windows XP Setup floppy disks or by using the Windows XP CD-ROM.
\015\012 2. At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10, or press R to repair.
\015\012 3. Press C to start the Recovery Console.
\015\0124. Copy the Ntldr file from the Windows XP CD-ROM to the root of your\015\012system partition by using the following commands, pressing ENTER after\015\012each command:
\015\012
\015\012 1. Type cd .. to go to the root of drive C. (Note the space)
\015\012 2. Type the letter of the CD-ROM drive
\015\012 3. Type cd i386 to change into the right directory
\015\012 4. Type Copy ntldr c:
\015\012 5. Type Exit






from\015\012 Microsoft:\015\012 If the\015\012 NTLDR is missing or damaged try the Recovery Console.
\015\012 To start the computer and use the Recovery Console to replace the boot sector
\015\012
\015\012 "Insert the Windows XP Professional Setup CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
\015\012 Restart the computer. If prompted to press a key to start the computer from the CD-ROM, press the appropriate key.
\015\012When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts. Press the\015\012R key to repair a Windows XP Professional installation.
\015\012If you are repairing a system that has more than one operating system\015\012installed, from the Recovery Console choose the Windows XP Professional\015\012installation that you need to repair.




Did you simply swap hard drives? "Couldn't find NTLDR" basically means the PC cannot find any version of Windows installed because the boot file is missing. This could be because you have a CD in the drive or the hard drive is missing or broken.


If you put in a new hard drive to replace your older smaller one you need to reinstall Windows on that new 40GB drive or it just won't work. If you have some PC Tech friends they should be able to move the data which is tricky or help you out.
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