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Old 09-27-2005, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guys,My boys in the room have just basically made their computer inop.When it gets switched on it comes up with an error message NTLDR is missing,press ctl alt del to restart.
I have tried to do a repair using the xp disk,(which boots up ok)
but it either keeps rebooting or hangs at a certain bit saying that this certain file cannot be found.
My next step was to reinstall windows xp,but when I try this,it tells me that drive c is corrupted and cannot be repaired.
Think I need to start from scratch and format the hard file.
I have all the main documents that I need on my laptop which I am working from and don't need any saved data from the hard file.
Hard file is divided into 3 partitions c,e,f(i think)which a friend done.

My pc details are as follows
Dell dimension 4400
windows xp
20gb h/file
256mb mem

All help appreciated.
Remember I am know pc expert and I only know the very basics....thanks.
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Old 09-27-2005, 12:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When you boot from disk hit ( install )
Then delete your partition and format using NTFS.
You should be ok after that.
If you get error while formatting then your HDD is toast. ( I don't think you will get an error though )
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Old 09-27-2005, 12:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sorry my friend.I don't understand????When you boot from disk hit ( install )
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When you boot to disk ( xp disk ) you should have options on the screen. Do you see Install Windows as an option ?
Once you see this Hit install Windows.
It will ask if you want a new installation of windows.
You hit that, and then delete your partitions once windows recognizes the broken installation.
Once you delete your partition you need to create a "NEW" partition formatted with NTFS.
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