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"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

Question: "NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont know how to remove the hd from the fujitsu, and i dont know if it uses a special connector cable.I have an acer aspire 2680 but I dont know if it would work in that laptop. I am not sure what to do at this point with it. I am not even sure if im posting this in the right section but i know I'm on the right site because a top contributer at Yahoo answers directed me here and I have seen the main site giving input on other issues rocking the technological world.Mod Edit: Edited content to make more readable/understandable ~ Hamluis.

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Preferred Solution: "NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

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Answer: "NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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Ok, I accidentally moved around some files and, after restarting i am now receiving:
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt +Del to restart.

I've gone through other forums but all i find is that one can fix the problem by using a boot disk. This is where my problem arises. Years back my floppy drive broke and never got around fixing it. I'm running windows xp, floppy drive is down, how can I fix this problem?


Answer:NTLDR is missing AND floppy drive is broken

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Yes it can be fixed using the Windows cd.


Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I am using win XP. I bought a generic flash drive and it worked well for two days. Now, my computer shows it as a removable drive, but when I try to access it, it asks me to insert a disc into it!!

Also, when I click properties - it shows there is no capacity on the flash drive. I am a beginner with computers, I would appreciate some help in layman terms. Thank you.

Answer:My Computer thinks my flash drive is a floppy drive! Help!

Did your Flash come with any software? Xp is obviously confused as to exactly what the drive is .
It may be that the drive is full. Try formatting it .Right click on the drive in My Computer.
If there is a Web page for the Drive see if they have drivers for it .Download the file.

Often you can plug the drive in and go to Device Manager . there you can uninstall the drive by right clicking on it and uninstall.Then reboot with the drive left in.Xp will try to install drivers when you get back to Desktop.Cancel that and use the Hardware Wizard to search for the drivers .Here you choose the device from the lists that are offered to you. That of course is if your drive is listed.

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my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

Answer:can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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After being attacked by several Trojans a couple of nights ago (which I mentioned in another thread), my security and personal information may be compromised as I speak, and it looks likely that I'll have format and re-install Windows XP on my laptop for the first time. This is my first time doing so for this CLEVO D900T, which is from circa-2005 and a hand-me-down from a family member. The thing is, I'm reading in this laptop's manual that in order to re-install WIndows XP, I'll be needing a USB floppy disk drive to install what appears to the drivers for the laptop's SATA drive. Thing is, I wasn't given a USB floppy drive by my family member, thus I don't have one. I was wondering, could I instead use a flash drive or flash memory (i.e microSD card) via the laptop's card reader to load the drivers? I'm not sure if in this case it'd be best if I just re-install or format and re-install.

Also, I'm trying to make it easier for me to get my laptop back to the way it is when and if I re-install. Is there any way I can get a list of all of the programs I have installed on my PC right now, or possibly carry over all of my programs and settings for the next install? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Laptop needs USB floppy drive to reinstall Win XP, can I use flash drive/memory instead?

Well, you are going to have problems... Sorry to say...

First off, most PCs with SATA drives will have an option in the BIOS to place it in IDE mode. This assures that Windows Setup will be able to detect it as a drive with the ability to be installed to.

As for USB drives, it all depends on your BIOS version and manufacturer. Toshiba for example, does not support ANY usb device unless it is made by their company. It sucks, yes, but i guess for more money for crappy products.

You can install the drivers to a flash drive, but you will also have to make a bootable image to that drive, and load your windows setup files, manually format and partition the drive, copy the files over, then start the setup process to do that. It is a huge hassle that I had to deal with on a Toshiba Portege 3500.

Backing up is a bit easier. You can use the built in windows backup software (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System tools> Backup) and make a complete backup to an external drive to restore after format. The problem is YOU WILL ALSO TRANSFER THE VIRUSES YOU HAVE!!!

If you use the file and settings transfer wizard, you can transfer most of your stuff, but you WILL HAVE TO REINSTALL A LOT OF YOUR SOFTWARE, as it will not transfer your registry entries.
Your best bet is to get an Antivirus/spyware removal tool (Such as and an anti MAlware software (such as Malwayebytes). This will clear most of your infections, and gives you more time ... Read more

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On my pc, I had one drive with Windows 98 on it, and one drive with Windows XP on it
Windows 98 was on drive C:
XP was on D:

They were set up so I could choose which one to boot to at start up

I wanted to get rid of the 98 entirely, so I edited the boot ini, just removing the entry for windows 98

after restarting the computer, everything was fine....going directly to XP

so I wanted to format the 98 drive so I could use it as additional storage,

which I did using norton partition magic,

I then shut down my computer......turned it back on.....and I get an error saying:
NTLDR is missing
what should I do?
the now formatted/blank drive is still as C:\

must the c:\ drive always have the OS in it? am I going to have to convert everything on my D: (XP) drive so that it is C: (if so how)

or what do I do to get back to using my XP again, on drive D:

Answer:NTLDR is Missing, after formatting win 98 drive and leaving XP drive

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Hey all,

Came across a problem recently on my 9 month old rig.

Specs are in my profile.

Anyway, I had 3 hard drives set up: my main SSD which runs Windows 7, a USB external 1 terabyte and a 500gig SATA Western Digital. I believe the 500gig SATA was failing or malfunctioning. I was getting error messages that the drive was bad a while back, but never got around to fixing or removing it because I was lazy and it still worked (read/write). I kept some junk media and files on it but other than that didn't touch it. Well my rig started acting funny a few days ago, I thought it might have been a worm or malware. I ran my usual combination of programs and security. I like to keep my system pretty clean. I did find a few threats but took care of them. I hadn't ran them for a bit, so I thought nothing unusual. Well, my PC started crashing randomly and giving me issues until 1 time I noticed my 500gig SATA was corrupt or something. All the data on it was gone and it was reading 200gig instead of 500gig. I was still able to read/write to it though. Still kept having the crashes and freezing.

I removed the SATA, wiped the SSD and re-installed a fresh copy of Windows 7. Everything went without a hitch. Windows runs fine, everything went normal. Computer is running beautiful, but I am still having a crashing issue. It happens randomly. Happened twice when watching movies off my external and twice now while just browsing the web. The system will freeze forcing me to manually restart or ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 blue screen crash/hard drive booting issue/NTLDR missing

Have you done an anti-virus scan?

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NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart.. This is the message i get when trying to install xp.

Well the problem here guys is that i forgot my admin pw to my bios so i can tell the computer to boot from the cd-rom. This is a laptop issue and ive heard that there is a button to bipass this problem on all laptops. I dont know how true it is but was hoping someone could shed some light. My laptop also did not come with a floppy drive so i cant try to use a 98 boot disk to install xp either . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you in advance.

BTW i erased the entire partition so i have nothing without being able to get into the bios. My laptop is a prostar and its model number is D87P.

Answer:NTLDR problem with no floppy drive.

They are talking about a reset buttom, or jumper (on the MB) - you will probably have to open the case of the laptop - sorry...
Pull the cmos battery from the MB for 15 minutes. That will return everything to factory specs and erase the BIOs password.

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I tried an external LPT CD drive and an external USB floppy, but neither will boot. I tried F1,F5,F8 and Del duting startup to try to get to BIOS, with no results. I get the IBM ThinkPad logo then the black screen saying NTLDR not found - Ctrl Alt Del to continue. Any suggestions?


Answer:NTLDR not found and no CD or Floppy drive on laptop

try F2.

Failing that, as the computer boots, keep pressing the tab key during and before the thinkpad logo. This will hopefully swithch the logo off and display the POST results, where you should be able to see which key to press to enter your BIOS (or consult your manual if you still have it).

Once there, see if you are able to "try other boot devices"

Failing this, if you have one, try booting from a USB thumb drive - you never know! I don't acctually know if it would work as I've never had cause to try it, but it might be worth a shot.

Let us know how you get on...

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I have an old computer with Windows ME on it. It will boot from hard drive and fully load windows but then it goes to the floppy drive and keeps making a noise like it is looking for a file that isn't there. If I put in a blank floppy disk it will do one of two things: 1) either it will stop looking for something and everything will be normal or 2) it will freeze up the computer so it won't do anything (not even control alt delete works then) and I have to power off the computer and start over. It seems like if I wait awhile and let it do its noisy "looking for something" loop for a little bit before I put in the floppy then it will work ok but if I put it in right away, it will do the freeze up. Remember, this is using a blank disk. So, what could be happening here and how can I fix this annoying issue?

Answer:older computer floppy drive booting issue

sounds like windows is looking for a program startup file on the floppy.
have a look at what is trying to run at windows start.
run - msconfig and look in there.

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This has happened before, then went a way after a while and several restarts. Now it's back.

My Computer (aka "This PC"), under "Devices and Drives", does not show my SD card that is inserted, though I can navigate to it by manually typing H:\. I also can find it my using File Explorer to look at the Desktop (but ONLY if I navigate by starting at This PC and then going up to the Desktop), where it appears with an icon like it's an external drive (it's built into my laptop).

Meanwhile, certainly related to the same root cause, my D drive, which is encrypted as a Bitlocked drive, is missing the lock icon. Before this issue, upon a fresh computer start, I could see the lock closed, double-click it, and it would prompt for the password. Now, it shows no lock, and double-click simply results in a pop-up saying the drive cannot be accessed or something. I can, however, right-click on it, manage bitlocker, and get to the prompt that way to unlock it. Once unlocked, it does not show the unlocked lock icon either. Pic attached.

What's going on? Can anyone help?

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My computer no longer recognizes the cd drive/burner on my dektop PC, and I think the problem is related to a removeable USB flash drive.

It's a really old Compaq Presario with an added cd burner(drive d now), and the original cd rom(drive e). My PNY usb flash drive installed some software(drivers I think) when I 1st ran it, and shows up as drive f.

Worked fine a couple of times, but then the lights went out on the cd burner(drive d), it would not open, and it didn't even show up on "My Computer" either.

Searched on internet awhile, and read something about a flash drive problem, so I removed the flash drive from the USB slot, restarted the computer, and both cd drives re-appeared, and worked fine, as long as I removed the flash drive, and turned computer off after burning cd. But I forgot, and left it on for several hours, and now even when I remove the flash drive, and restart computer the 2 cd drives don't show up on "my computer". The cd rom(drive e) light comes on, and will open, but the burner(drive d) light is off, and will not open. Neither drive registers on "My Computer". The flash drive still reads as drive f, even with no drive d, or e.(lol)

Suggestions anyone?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Computer no longer recognizes cd drive - think problem is related to USB flash drive

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I had a problem with my windows. When ever I plug in my Flash drive (i got a few: kingston data traveller 1gig, pendrive 128mb,etc) onto my usb port. Window will be able to detect the drive had been plug in. I can see the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the right side of my task bar. But i cannot see the drive appearing in "My Computer". If I double click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and try to view the external drive information, I can see that its already detected and being assign with drive E: . Even if I open a windows explorer and type in E:\ , it will throw me an error "Cannot find 'file:///E:/'. Make sure the path or Internet address is correct". But if I were to restart my computer, then i can see it for the first time. If I disconnect it (thru the "Safely Remove Hardware") and plug it back in (or plug another flash drive), I cant see the external drive. Causing I had to restart my computer multiple time a day . Can anyone help me on this?

Answer:Windows XP Sp2 - My Computer doesnt show flash drive drive

I would be tempted to reload the motherboard chipset drivers. They control the USB I/O and if they are just the default WIndows ones, they may not be 100% OK with the specific motherboard hardware.

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

Answer:How Do I Get Dell To Boot To Flash Drive With New Hard Drive In Computer?

leave the drive disconnected for the initial boot. I have heard from the guy at MyHardDriveDied this is possible when the system will not boot with the drive connected.

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My wife was given an older Hammond organ by our church. It has a 3.5 floppy drive that accepts and plays MIDI song files.
I have software that is able to generate MIDI song files, I'm hoping Win 10 will support a USB connected floppy drive (??)

Answer:Will Win 10 support a 3.5 floppy drive?

My best guess is maybe -- my Windows 7 finally accepted a usb FD -- I forgot what couple of hoops it had to jump through.

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My son has taken a floopy disk out of his W-95 PC before an operation was completed. Now the W-95 PC will not accept any operation with other floppies but we can not find the one he was using.Is there a way to free W-95 away from still expecting to finish the original floppy operation so that the floppy drive can be brought back into use?Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Win95 Floppy drive locked on missing floppy

You should be able to re-boot the computer which should free it, or are you getting an error message? If so what does it say?

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I recent had a bad virus on my computer which i managed to get off and I had to repair my windows but now when it starts up it show two versions of the same windows one not working and one okay how do i delet he one that is not working?

Answer:windows featuring twice on hard drive

Hello clintbes and welcome to TSF,

I would like you to follow the steps listed below and post what is shown in the boot.ini file.
Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
Under System Startup, click Edit.

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I have an interesting problem. I accidentally shredded an essential document (every essential document containing bridge in the filename, to be specific) because I was having some trouble getting rid of some spyware. I recently bought a cannibalized pentium II from an office which closed or upgraded, and it has no cd drive. So now I can't startup because NTLDR is missing, but I do not have the Windows XP startup disc and even if I did, no CD drive to put it in. I know the missing files are all files containing bridge (unless my disc was just destroyed by spyware) but I don't know if there's any way to download necessary files and startup using a diskette. Can this be done?

Answer:ntldr missing and no CD drive

What exactly is your problem? And what do you mean by - shredded an essential document? You shred paper files, not computer files.

Your Pentium II computer is a separate problem, but you jumbled everything together.

The NTLDR is missing error is a common one. Is it a notebook computer or a desktop computer? If it's a desktop computer, just buy any cd drive and you will be good to go. If it's a notebook computer, you could buy a cd rom drive for that model computer.

If the computer will let you set a usb port as a boot device, you could also use an external cd rom drive.

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I have tried all the disk boot ups and also resetting my boot points nothing is working NTLDR missing del,alt ctnl to restart, get same message, wont boot, have i crashed my hard drive? I newbie on doing tech on computers so bear with me with a simple spoke answer PLEASE.... Thanks to all who can help.

Answer:Ntldr missing no cd drive now

Last try with this: Hiren's Boot CD

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OK, I have a problem with the startup sequence. NTLDR is missing, and I had to buy a used CD-ROM and borrow a Windows XP CD to fix my new old computer. I tried starting up from the CD-ROM and a screen comes up telling me no operating system is found, and a graphic showing a diskette prompting me to put a diskette in the disk drive. What could this mean?

Does this mean I'm using the wrong version of XP? (I don't know what version is on the PC I bought)
The CD I borrowed is bad?
The CD-ROM I bought does not work?
Or something else?

Answer:NTLDR is missing, and now I have a CD drive

Take a read of THIS and see if that helps.

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Can anybody help me with the following:
If i start my Portege up i get the message: Missing operation system....
I've tryed everything to make him work but he doesn't support my CD rom drive and Floppy drive.
Does anybody has a suggestion how to get my Protege work again?

Many thanks


Answer:Portege P3480CT does not support CD and Floppy drive

so far as I know does the Portege have an USB Floppy and a PC Card CD-Rom.

Have you checked the Bios Settings of your Notebook, especially here the Boot priority ?

The Bootdisc for Windows 95, Windows NT and Windows 2000 do I have in my archive. I this helps you, give me you e-mail so i send you the Bootdiscs.


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computer crash formated c drive try to reinstall windows xp it said missing ntldr need help

Answer:formated c drive know is missing ntldr help

... NTLDR is missing << know now click!.Angel Decoy... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties

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For some strange reason my PC, operating on Windows XP Home Edition, has today decided that my 128MB bytestor Flash-drive is a second 1.44MB Floppy disk drive designated as the "B-Drive" instead of the normal F-Drive which is attributed to the USB-drive. It sees about 450kbs of files on there and that's it.
Any idea as to what might have happened and how to restore it back to normal?

Answer:PC sees 2nd Floppy instead of Flash-drive

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Hi, most new computers don't come with a floppy drive. Let's face it, they are totally 1984.
I want to update my bios. It's an asus SLI Delux board (about a year old if that).
I have read sooo many threads trying to figure this out. It seems you could boot from a USB thumb drive but you need to have a floppy drive first in order to create a bootable USB drive.

I just want to flash my bios. It needs to be updated to support the new processor.

does anyone have directions on how to do this for a normal human? I'm pretty technical but i don't really know dos commands.

Also, the ez flash software to flash from windows does not work for me as I am running VISTA 64 bit. The software is not compatible...and my current bios version requies a DOS flash.

Anyonne have an idea on how I can do this without a floppy drive? I need detailed steps here .


Answer:Still need floppy drive to flash bios?

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I think I'd need this to load SATA drivers with Windows XP/2003 installation. It always shows up as USB HDD in BIOS.

Answer:Is it possible to make USB Flash drive act as USB floppy?

Hi lenssd9,
This may be possible, but it may not do you much good.  It's been my experience that the XP installer doesn't have the internal drivers to read a USB floppy - only an actual in-system floppy.
I'd be happy to be proved wrong
The only way I've been able to do this is to slip-stream the SATA drivers into a burned CD using a tool like nLite.  Start with an SP2 or 3 XP CD.

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I need to install Win 2000 Server and Win XP Pro on a system that has RAID 0.
When installing, I need to specify the RAID driver, which must be on a floppy in drive A.

All of the floppies I have used recently are unreliable. They work fine for a while, then suddenly one day they don't work anymore.

In addition to this need, I want to transfer some files from an old computer that does not have USB, and no network connection. Another use for a floppy diskette?

What I want to do is replace the floppies with flash readers, so I can use my flash media (I have 64M and 128M flash cards I use with digital cameras)
I had thought I saw such a drive, that would simply replace the floppy drive and read various types of flash, but now, all I can find are USB devices.

Can anyone tell me where to find the product I am looking for?



Answer:Replace floppy drive with flash?

Here's the answer: Keep the Floppy Drive

You could help it by purchasing brand new:
1. Floppy Drive (they're cheap!)
2. Floppy Drive data cable
3. Floppy Disks

All done

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Is it possible to flash bios without a floppy drive?

The reason I am asking is because my floppy drive died a while back and I have really had no need to replace it considering most of the times I save data to cds now. I have an Intel SE440BX-2 Motherboard and for some reason I am having trouble with Windows reckognizing my 80GB WD hard drive even though it shows up fine in Bios. I have searched all through the forums here and have tried all of the other troubleshooting steps before I noticed that my bios version outdated. Right now I have version 4S4EB2X0.86A.0015.P08. and I am trying to update to 4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17. I have a cd burner and software to burn a bootable cd, Im just trying to figure out if this is possible to do this way?

My current IDE configuration is

Primary Master : CD Burner (Master Jumper)
Second Slave : 80 GB WD (Slave Jumper)
Secondary Master : 10 GB WD (Master Jumper w/ Win98SE OS)
Secondary Slave : 20 GB WD (Slave Jumper)
The only thing not showing up in Windows is the 80 GB WD.

Thank You In Advance For Your Help.

Answer:Flash Bios Without A Floppy Drive

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Why is it that when I delete something in Flash drive or floppy, the file that I deleted wasn't there in Recycle Bin, why?

Answer:Why is it that when I delete something in Flash drive or floppy

Recycle Bin concerns only your hard drive (C:). There is no RB on floppies, or flash drives.However, if you deleted something important from your floppy, it's not gone, until you overwrite that floppy with some other data.If you left that floppy alone, your file is still there, and can be un-deleted with some recovery programs.

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Hi. I'm having malware issues which have turned into hardware issues. Fortunately, my USB ports still work so I'm trying to recover as much as I can before I may have to erase my hard drive.

I'm ignorant on flash drives vs zip drives. I'm also on a budget.

What I want to do it get as many of my documents and pics, email etc. saved to an external place (zip/flash drive). My "C" and "D" drives are about ten gigs combined. (yes old system).

What are my options? I'd also like to use it for back up once I hopefully get my situation resolved. Thanks for any all help/advice! -fisher_girl (catch and release).

Answer:Flash drive vs zip drive help for computer recovery, please

10 GB of data is not that much. You can just buy a flash drive with 16GB and save all your personal files on it. -
Here are a few models: , which you can order online.
Alternatively, you can just go to your local supermarket, and buy one. They are not that expensive.

A ZIP drive is not a choice here, as it's capacity is very limited.
Wikipedia said:

The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable disk storage system that was introduced by Iomega in late 1994. Originally, Zip disks launched with capacities of 100 MB, but later versions increased this to first 250 MB and then 750 MB.

Read more: to expand...

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I have a pulled LKM-F934-1 LS 120 drive I'd like to use as an internal EIDE drive in a system I'm building. I'm using an ASUS P6T mobo and 64 bit Windows 7. Is the drive likely to be supported by this OS and AMI BIOS without additional drivers etc? Please advise regarding possible drive recognition issues.

Answer:BIOS & Win7 support for LS floppy disk drive

Does it have a floppy IDE connection on the motherboard?Or are you using a PCI card with an floppy IDE connection on itIt may work, not sure if Windows 7 will have drivers for your old PCI card though (if you are using that)Have you tried plugging it in?

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Failing to find this LS-120 drive in BIOS or WIN7, have a number of old disk with very valuable information that I would like to retrieve and burn onto DVD's

Answer:BIOS & Win7 support for LS floppy disk drive

A modern BIOS will not show the LS-120 drive anyway, but that's not the reason why Windows isn't detecting it. Unfortunately, the LS-120 requires a third-party device driver and there's the problem - there is no compatible driver available for it on Windows versions later than Windows XP.You will have to install it on a Windows XP computer if you want to retrieve data from your collection of LS-120 disks.

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Ok, so this is my first post here. Excuse my virgin placement of this topic here. I have been using the great site to resolve many issues over the years, but this one has got me to the breaking point. Here goes, have a lenovo G560. Came with 7 but later was upgraded to 10. Long story short, after finding viruses and a highjacker, I removed drive and backed up personal stiff to external drive. While in my dock I formatted all the partitions and merged as one since I couldn't get to factory partition in windows anyway. Now I get lenovo screen with no boot order options to boot from my windows seven disc. The real problem is the black screen with ntldr missing comes up. Can't get into bios at all. Sorry for the long post ANY idea's? Thankas in advance.

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I recently built a new computer with a clean install of XP home. Previous comp had two identical drives, one with OS and progs, and the other stored my docs with thousands of photos.I formatted my old c drive and installed XP on that. Installed the progs I wanted and all is working fine.When I connect the old drive with the photos I get "NTLDR is missing"If I disconnect the "photo" drive all works fine again.I DO have the pics backed up, but IF there is a way to just connect the drive in without formatting and losing them all, I would be very grateful if some kind soul were to tell me how! Thanks for any help you may be able to give,Colin

Answer:ntldr is missing- adding new hard drive.

I should say post and BIOS recognise the second photo drive correctly....

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I have four hard drives. When I plug one drive in, and boot up, I get the NTLDR is missing error message. What do I do to diagnose and fix the problem?

Answer:NTLDR Is MIssing error message with one drive

Looks like I have a bad hard drive. I tried the drive in an external drive bay and the drive was not detected. I tried the drive in yet another drive bay and this time the drive was detected. I will post back when I know more.

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Well I just finished building my new rig a few hours ago. I didn't purchase a new HD because I figured I'd drag over my old 250GB WD that was split into 3 Partitions and leave my second HD which is IDE on the old PC and maybe reformat it later for other uses. So as I was dual booting a week ago I figured it would let me just split the two and each would work on their own. Yeah... if only.

The SATA WD: 1 Blank 15GB, a 20GB OS [XP SP2], and the rest was games & movies etc.

The IDE: 40GB with just the original OS and some random crap on it. It's old and useless and loud.

Anyway, after setting everything up I swapped hard drives and booted up all excited.... NTLDR is missing CTRL/ALT/DEL out. ...Crap. So I tried going back and forth and seeing what the problem is and if I had to take a blind guess... The SATA is relying on the IDE drive in order to boot. It boots fine on the OLD PC with both of them in. Without the IDE it get's an NTLDR error. So.... yeah. I reformatted the 250GB OS partition and reinstalled a fresh windows on it on the OLD PC [because for some reason I can't get either optical drive to boot up the windows CD on the new PC] and tried it again. Same error. I'm not reformatting the entire 250GB drive because I need the information on the big partition.

Another thing I tried was removing the prior installation of XP Home from the boot.ini to see if that was the issue. Didn't work either.

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Answer:New Rig, Motherboard with old XP drive... NTLDR Missing errors...

new motherboard may not like old motherboard chipset drivers and verious other os components as they are installed maybe others will chime in with more information.peace

ps watch language in topic opening

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I have read most of the of the post on ntldr missing, but have not found the answer. We are getting a message "NTLOADER MISSING HIT ANY KEY TO RESTART"

A friend has an old Gateway Plll 500mhz they use in their business. The need to update there software and will require 1GB of ram, the Gateway can only handle 384Mb. They are using Windows 2000 Pro with fat 32

So they purchased a used HP Compaq Desktop d530 convertible Intel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz to meet the ram requirement.

The quick answer was to just move the hard drive to the newer computer. When we do we get the error "NTLOADER missing hit any key to re-start" when I hit enter the screen just blinks and gives same message. I put the hard drive back in the old computer and it boots just fine. It just wont boot in the newer computer.

I can hit F10 when I reboot and go in to the BIOS and see all the settings, I just can't get past this point. I tried to see if it would boot to a safe mode menu but it won't. If I put the W2k CD in the drive I can boot to the CD, currently the newer PC has 512Mb I have not increased the ram yet.

I'm thinking this is a BIOS problem I just don't see anything that jumps out as a wrong setting. What am I missing here!


Answer:Moved Hard drive NTLDR Missing, Help!

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This will be the third time this has happened since Christmas and nobody has a clue what has happened.(I hope this is the right forum for this post).
To try and cut a long story short- Decided to build a computer. I am new to this and dont know much but got help putting it together. Worked fine for a week or so, then wouldnt boot. Got NTLDR file missing errors. Took out 1TB drive, found it faulty, dealer replaced it. Installed new drive, it was faulty from the off (I could hear it), and was changed for a different make of drive (1TB). Now 2 weeks after install and working fine, I turn off one night, turn on the next morning and the computers asking for a boot disk. Went to do a reinstall over the top of the old OS, and discovered that what was my C drive (with Windows XP32) was now the E drive, and the D drive(with XP64) was now the C drive. And it wont boot up from it because "NTLDR is missing".I have a feeling this is what happened to the first install but I never noticed the drive letters.Any idea what may have caused this?

Asus P5Q Deluxe Motherboard
CPU Intel Quad Core Duo Q9550 (overclocked to 400)
Zalman Reserator1 V2 Fanless Water Cooling System
4 X OCZ 2GB Reaper 1066Mhz PC2 8500 Memory
Coolermaster 850W Real Power M850 Powersupply
BFG GTX280OC Graphics Card
1TB Samsung SATA HD
300GB Samsung PATA Drive
750GB Seagate SATA Drive
Creative Fatlity Platinum sound card
Internal card reader
PCI-Express 2 x FireWire and 3 x USB Ports I/O... Read more

Answer:Drive letters changed themselves. NTLDR is missing

Hi Chegwell,

My first reaction to this is that the battery that holds the PC's BIOS settings (and system date, etc.) whilst the machine is switched off, is faulty.

Try accessing the Bios (usually by hitting DEL or F1, F2) while the PC is booting, set the hard drive priority to SATA, save and reboot.

Good Luck,


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Old Dell computer running Windows XP that was never backed up and I am trying to recover files and photos. I get NTLDR is missing when I boot. I've used Testdisk/Photorec to try to recover my data but when going through the recovered data it seems to be all system files that I know nothing about. I used Ubuntu on the Dell to run Testdisk. I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.I also ran a NTLDR boot disk but ended up with the same NTLDR is missing message. I dont have a XP recovery disk. Anybody that has had this issue please help!

Answer:NTLDR is missing. Hard Drive Failure.

Trobles86 said:

I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.Click to expand...

If you have access to another PC or laptop then you can connect the hard drive in to that machine and get the files you wanted to recover from your hard drive in there.

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I am using windows xp sp 2 os and samsung combo drive and i was buring operating sustem cd through nero start and then after that i was told to insert new cd then i inserted and it stopped to burn and i ended task after that i was unable to ejct the new cd it stopped burning at 24% and the icon i.e the cd drive icon is missing under my computers
pls suggest trouble shooting steps to remove drive from cd drive and create icon under my computer for cd/dvd drive

Answer:Uanble to eject cd from cd drive and also cd drive missing in my computer

First off, reboot. That should allow you to remove the CD.

If the drive is still missing, try this.

Download CDgone, right click on the downloaded file and choose Extract All, then double-click on cdgone.reg Say "Yes" to the merge question and then reboot. See if the drives have returned. You may have to re-install CD burning applications, since they're the ones that tinker with the filter setting in the registry that caused the drives to disappear.

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Windows XP systemsI have a Intregal 4GB flash drive and this has been working fine until yesterday, now when I put it in any computer it activates as a B: drive with 1.44MB on it and it displays 2 Intregal files.The manual PDF and and exe file UDPv275.exeAnyone got any idea how I can access my data?

Answer:Flash Drive thinks its a floppy disk!!

click heremight help...

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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My friend's computer had some sort of melt down for no reason where she could no longer log onto her computer. None of the Safe Mode options worked at all, not even Safe Mode itself. At the time she had Windows Vista on her computer.

She wanted me to put Windows XP Home Edition on her computer instead, so I salvaged what I could from her computer using her hard drive as a slave on my computer and then I formatted her hard drive.

When I hooked the hard drive back up to her computer and inserted the Windows XP Home Edition disc, all I got after turning it on was an "NTLDR is Missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart" error message. Her computer doesn't appear to be detecting the CD-ROM drive at all as nothing whatsoever comes up concerning the disc.

Nothing appears to be wrong at all in the BIOS settings. The CD-ROM drive is the first boot source. The CD-ROM drive light blinks a number of times upon booting and then just turns off. Am I supposed to make a boot disk to fix this or what? I have Windows XP Professional on my computer, so I can't make it directly from my computer.

And I can't put XP Professional on her computer because it has conflicts with her computer for some odd reason. Last time we tried that, her sound went dead and wouldn't come back until she installed Vista. After Vista, her graphics went huge and couldn't be changed. She had Home Edition once and everything was just fine, before a meltdown that time.

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Answer:[SOLVED] NTLDR is Missing after formatting Hard Drive

ntldr is a system file of your windows the only thing is that you need to repair your os.. and if repair will not work just reformat it....

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Had a dual-boot system (Win 7 on drive 1, XP on drive 2) installed. Got an NTLDR is missing error on the primary WD drive on which Win 7 was installed. XP wouldn't boot either because the MBR is on the primary drive. So, I had to reinstall XP and all the software on the 2nd drive and test in original and another computer. Worked fine. When plugged into the motherboard, the Win 7 eSATA drive is not recognized by either of the 2 computers in the BIOS. It won't boot and I can't even look at the drive to see the contents - it's a non-entity as far as Windows is concerned. I plugged it into a Mac with an external eSATA to USB adapter and the Mac saw the drive but said that it was unreadable and asked if I wanted to format the drive. Since I thought I might want to try to recover files, I didn't. Anyway to see the contents of this drive with Windows and recover them or does it seem to be dead from the description?

Answer:Win 7 WD eSATA hard drive crash NTLDR is missing

Go here: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Black and download the "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (CD)" > Choose the .iso file to download > and burn a bootable CD from it.

Then test the drive with the diagnostic.

The download I linked to is for a Caviar Black SATA drive . If you have a different type of WD drive then go back one page and choose it.

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Hello, everybody! I'm new here and I found a lot of useful information already! However, I am at a loss as to how I can solve this problem. It is similar to other problems, yet not quite. I will explain:

First, my specs (Custom Built Unit):

Cooler Master Casing
ASUS M3A78-T MoBo (Dual Core) - MoBo has one slot for IDE, and the rest is SATA
(2) 750 gig Seagate Barracuda SATA HDD's (Initially set as slaves)
(1) 80 gig Seagate IDE HDD (initially set as master)

Now that we have that bit of information taken care of, here's the issue:

My 80 gig IDE showed signs of imminent failure. I had no money to buy another hard drive immediately, so I partitioned one of my 750g hard drives, and re-installed on that one. I currently use this new installation (which is D:/ instead of C:/).

I attempted to remove the IDE drive, and kept receiving an 'NTLDR missing, press ctrl+alt+del to restart' error. After doing some researching here and other places, I discovered that this shows up when trying to load from a non-bootable device and that Windows, by default, loads the NTLDR file into the C:/ drive, and if unable to find it, will not know what to do!

I wanted to name the drive to the new partition "C:", but of course, there was already a drive with that letter, so I had to go with "D:". Do i have to change the drive letter to "C:"? If so, will all of my program installations, files, etc. - reflect that chan... Read more

Answer:Attempted boot from SATA drive, NTLDR Missing

Your 750G is not bootable thus the NTLDR missing error.

More info on how you partitioned your 750G HDD. Download PARTINFO, extract and run. Post screenshot.

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I have read many posts about this here but many of them talk about WinXP. I also have read some solutions but want to have some verification before I proceed. Here is what happened:
I have 3 hard drives connected to the computer. They are of varying sizes and brands. Hard drive #1 is a 30gb Maxtor (this originally had the OS on it but I deleted all and installed Win2000 on hard drive #2....this was a long time ago). Hard drive #2 is a WD 10gb. Hard drive #3 is a WD120 GB. I had Hard drive #1 set up as the master due to the OS being on this a long time ago. When I installed the OS on hard drive #2, I forgot to change it to the master, so it was still set as a slave and number 3 in the boot order. So after that, this was the standing order:
first to boot--- hard drive #1(misc data only)
second---- cdrw
third---- hard drive #2 (with OS on it)
Fourth---- hard drive #3 (misc data only)

This worked fine with no problems at all until I decided to delete all partitions on hard drive #1. This hard drive had not been used for a long time anyway and the data on it had been cloned to the hard drive #3 (into 2 partitions). It should be noted that I was using Roxio's Goback personal edition until now. Before deleting the partitions on hard drive #3, I had to disable GoBack. I did that and used Partitionmagic 8.0 to delete the 2 partitions on hard drive #3. When I clicked "Apply", it reminded me that this partition was set as active and if I deleted it than I would have to s... Read more

Answer:ntldr is missing after hard drive partition delete

still looking for advice.

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I attached a hard drive as a slave to my computer and I went to command prompt and formatted the drive using format d:.

When I put the hard drive back into another computer as the master drive, I get an error message saying "NTLDR is missing" in command prompt. I tried to search on google, but I can only find solutions for systems that already have Windows installed on it.

I changed the boot device priority in the BIOS, but I still couldn't get the Windows XP to boot.

Not sure what to do...

Thanks for you help.

Answer:Solved: NTLDR is missing error after formatting drive...

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Hi, I have an older computer (Sony vaio desktop).

I had an 80GB main drive with Windows XP on it. I would sometimes attach a 160GB drive as a slave and use it as extra memory.

Lately I wanted to try to use the 160GB HDD to install XP, but when I set that drive as "master" and try to have the computer load the XP setup cd I get a "NTLDR is missing" message.

The drive was formatted while It was a slave drive.. so its empty..
How can I get this to work?

I've set the "Boot to CD" in the BIOS but It will not read any of the 3 CDs I have (In ok condition). Windows 98, Windows XP Pro CD, Or a Windows XP Upgrade CD (for at least the recovery section)

What can I do?

Answer:[SOLVED] New Blank Drive - NTLDR is missing error.

Your CD drive is not reading the CD's you have and it is skipping the CD drive and trying to boot from the HDD and there is no NTLDR file on it so it fails.
To use the XP Upgrade CD, you have to first install Window 98 and then put in the XP upgrade CD in while booted to 98.
Try your XP Pro CD on another computer and see if that boots. If so, then either the CD rom drive is not set as First boot device in the Bios, or the CD drive is not reading the disc. Try another CD drive. If the CD boots, you should see the message, press any key to boot from CD.
If the disc does not boot on another computer then the disc is not bootable. You can create a new disc using nLite.
YouTube - &#x202a;Windows XP - How to Use nLite to modify Windows XP installation disk for automated install&#x202c;&rlm;

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Before returning to factory settings I had the local engineer try to get all my files off the drive. He copied the whole drive and cannot see any of my files.I heard that they may have become hidden. Does anyone know how I can get to these files so I can copy them off the drive copy and put back onto my machine.Thanks!

Answer:Sony VIAO - NTLDR is missing - All files on drive are gone

I don't know your level of expertise with PCs, so I'll shoot for the lowest common denominator.  The method requiring the least expertise (in my mind) would be to put the hard drive into an external USB enclosure and connect it to another PC, making it easier to work with.  Assuming the other PC has Windows XP, viewing hidden files should be easy.  My Computer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> Show Hidden files and Folders. I must admit that I've never heard of an entire drive's contents becoming hidden.  I'm more inclined to believe that your engineer goofed.

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Hi there,My Story:I deleted my D Drive which contained half my space in an attempt to expand my C Drive into the unalloacted disk space. This followed through fine but when the computer was set up originally the boot NTLDR files were placed on the D Drive. I Didnt know this and as I am used to having my files on the C Drive the computer now comes up with 'NTLDR is missing'.I have obtained the boot CD and have gone into the recovery console to attempt to copy the NTLDR files over from the disk to the C Drive but it blue screens on me with a BAD_POOL_HEADER fault. I attempted to fixboot etc and cant find a way to fix this problem. By my reckoning I think that the files I am attempting to copy over to the C Drive are FAT32 but the C Drive was formatted to an NTFS Type before the merge. Could this be why? and if so how would I Fix this?Thank yo for any help you give.Encored

Answer:NTLDR is missing - Files Won't Copy to C DRIVE - any other solutions

Okay, I think this has to do with my ARC PATH. It cannot find the boot.ini file. How do I reconfigure it so that the boot file can be found. Originally it was my D: drive that had the boot files on it, but since the merge the files would be on the C DRIVE?Or is this just wishful thinking and I need to find myself some NTFS NTLDR files from somewhere?

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I am trying to replace a Hard drive in a Dell computer - installing a Western Digital. I have Windows XP. Upon starting my computer, I receive an error message "NTLDR is missing Press Cntrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Every time I restart I get the same message.

How do I get Windows XP installed and get past this message?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Replacing Hard drive - NTLDR is missing error

This link is a good place to start. Is this a clean hard drive with nothing on it?

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Ok so I had to reinstall the system hive on my Computer and I noticed I had to reinstall a couple of things (all printers, and scanner). I'm also missing my floppy drive! Does anyone know how I can get this drive back? I have a dell optiplex gx-150...thanks in advance....

Answer:Floppy drive is missing!

Go to Dell's site, and find the support page for your system. It should have all your drivers there for you to download. Good luck!

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Hi There. Can Anybody Tell Me How To Use My Floppy Drive When Its Drive Letter Has Disappeared From 'my Computer'. It Was Working Fine Until I Reinstalled Windows Xp Pro, It Tells Me In Device Manager That Its There And Its Ok, But In 'my Computer' It Is Not There But All My Other Drives Are.


Answer:missing floppy drive

Could check in Bios and see it is not disabled

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I have an old Toshiba Portege 7140CT and I need to upgrade the BIOS to get rid of an ACPI compatibility issue. The laptop only has one USB port on it, and no floppy drive or CD-ROM drive. I do not have an external USB floppy drive handy. Is there another way to update the BIOS on this laptop without a floppy?

Answer:How to I flash Toshiba bios on a laptop with no floppy/CD-ROM drive?

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In my PC (Windows 7 Professional - 32 Bit Operatins System - Service Pack 1 installed) whenever I plug in Flash Drive, the system creates short cut for all the folders in the Flash Drive. The folders and its contents are safe.

But I am unable to Safely Dismount the Flash Drive and the system on choosing Eject the Drive will display "This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again." message.

If I go through My Computer - Right Click on Flash Drive and then Eject the system shows the following message

"F: is Currently in Use. Save any Open Files on this disc, and then close the files or programs
using the files before trying again. If you choose to continue, the files will be closed, which might cause data to be lost.

Cancel Try Again Continue"

If we choose Continue, system displays "Safe to Remove Hardware".


I am having a laptop with same OS and there when I plug in the flash drive it does not create any short cut and no such problems.

Both the systems are having Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12.1.671.4971 and are upto date on Virus Siglature update.

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PC (XP) wont boot, says NTLDR missing.

I wonder if anyone could give me any advice about how to salvage my firefox bookmarks from my system which wont even boot. (the bookmarks are all i need to salvage from the c drive as my downloads files and documents are safely stored on my 2nd hard drive)

My home PC (windows XP) died a death the other day playing up, wont boot now, says ntldr is missing, wont even boot up in safe mode, it doesnt get as far as giving me an option. (tried swopping cables around and stripped bare to the basics needed to boot but no such luck there either). Boots up with a unix live disc but i noticed it cant detect the c drive on the system, altho it does in bios.

I even tried copying the ntldr files across from a cd during a windows repair option with the windows disc in the cd drive and booting from cd and with the cursor prompt where i tried to follow this advice off the web...

"Copy the files NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR from your Windows XP Setup CD i386 folder to your C Drive by typing these commands and hitting Enter after each line

copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\

copy d:\i386\ c:\

If it prompts to overwrite, type Y."

It just tells me that it cant find the file when I follow those instructions.
So i typed chkdsk which informs me that the volume appears to have one or more unrecoverable problems.

It appears my hard drive is screwed and i have to bin it i think but i have very important bookmarks on that hard drive, loads in fact, t... Read more

Answer:ntldr missing/hard drive corrupt.. need to backup bookmarks too

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Came to use a floppy disk this afternoon and found that the icon does not exist in my computer. I also tried to access it direct through Word but no luck, its just not there. When I attempt to enter A:\ manually it says "Cannot find 'file:///A:/'. Make sure the path or Internet address is correct". I'm not sure how long I've had this problem as its a long time since ive need to use a floppy disk.

I've checked in device manager and its all recognised and apparently working fine. I'd be grateful if anyone has any ideas of what the problem could be?

I'm using XP Home.


Jon Hart

Answer:Missing floppy drive icon

try this:
place a disk in your floppy drive (I'm assuming A:\)
click on 'start' then 'run' and type in "CMD" and press enter
//this will open your command prompt
type "A:" and press enter
//it should show that you are accessing the drive with the cursor blinking after A:\
type "dir" and press enter
if the drive is connected and working properly, you should see the files on the disk

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My floppy disk drive has dissapeared from "My Computer" but according to Device Manager it is workin properly. As I am nowunable to use the drive can anyone think of a reason for this.Thank You in anticipation,[email protected]

Answer:Missing floppy disk drive

can you see it with the windows explorer?

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I'm trying to repair my XP which is booting repeatedly from the flash screen, in doing so,
I attempted to boot from floppies, but in selecting the boot device, I'm not finding the Floppy drive.
I see my hard drive with the OS and my CD drive, and (Removable Dev.)
Beneath are arrows apparently pointing to other devices with options to "press enter"

I assume its some kind of menu, but have no idea how to access my floppy drive.

Would highly appreciate any help offered.


Answer:Boot to Missing Floppy Drive

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I am getting an "NTLDR is missing" message on bootup, but the origin of the problem is, I think, different from the other NTLDR problems I've see on on this and other forums, because it is not related to the main (system) drive. In fact, when I remove the problem drive -- the E: drive, or in other words not the system drive -- the computer boots up fine. I thought that perhaps that this two-year-old disk was dying or that there were some bad sectors, but I've checked the disk for errors in Windows 7 (Properties > Tools > Check for Errors) and have found no problem. I've also tried different cables and SATA ports, always with the same result. Finally, I tried a System Restore. My other hard drives run fine. And the problem drive reads just fine when I connect it through a USB 2.0 hard drive deck.

I would prefer not to play with the Windows 7 MBR since the system seems fine when I don't use the problem drive. So here are some questions:

1. why am I having this problem?

2. Does a non-system drive have its own boot record or MBR that could be causing this problem?

3. If so, is there some way of editing or replacing it?

4. Is there any other kind of fix that I'm not seeing?


Answer:Different NTLDR issue: caused by non-system hard drive

Check your BIOS boot order.

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Which flash drive is the fastest to use with Vista's page file on flash drive capability?

Answer:What flash drive is the fastest to use w/ vista's flash drive page file caching?

No no no, wrong wrong wrong. Whoa there, sonny, let's back up a bit.

Before you go preaching it's like having your pagefile on a USB drive, you need to learn more about ReadyBoost, which is the correct name for the specific technology. It's not putting your pagefile on the USB Flash device, it's just using the Flash RAM device to augment (read: add to the performance) some aspects of Vista's SuperFetch and virtual memory subsystems.

There are several threads about this feature here already; search for "readyboost" and you can learn more about it, which I STRONGLY recommend since you're getting off on the wrong foot already.

No problem with you being enthusiastic since ReadyBoost is a great feature and a nice way to improve system performance, but you need to present your posts in an accurate and meaningful way with facts and not just a bunch of statements that sound like "OMG it's the greatest thing evarrrrr..."

You're close, but do some more research here and other places to get the real scoop about ReadyBoost.

Most any USB 2.0 Flash-RAM based device should work just fine, but the cheap ones - those $10 specials at stores - might not be up to snuff for transfer speeds. If you stick one in and Vista offers to let it be used for ReadyBoost, that means Vista tested it and concluded it's up to the task.

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Question: Floppy Drive Issue

i installed a second floppy drive in my PC.
the problem is that it is not detected when i use Windows Explorer.but when i went to Device Manager,it was there and said it was working properly.
how do i get the second drive to be detected as drive B:?

OS is Win98.thanks!

Answer:Floppy Drive Issue

okei,forget about it
i found out why...
and now its working perfectly!

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HELP!! Does anyone know why after installing windows sp3 my floppy drives don't function? If I try to explore or accesss them the computer shuts down and restarts? I have two that do it, One has been running sp3 since it came out, the second is a fresh install, one day old. I have several old floppies with info I would like to retrieve. Any attempt to access them causes the computer to restart?

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floppy shuts off computer to restart
I have two windows xp sp3 computers. Both are athlon xp processors. One is a 2000+ the other is a 2400+. One is a clean install with only windows sp3 and CA security suite on it. The other has been running for two years. When I try to access the floppy it shuts down and restarts? any way to solve this. Windows will not let me uninstall sp3.

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Heres the situation, i've formatted my computer, never touched any of the drives, wires, configurations, etc. and now the floppy drive doesn't work properly. Its there, but it doesnt read, it only says, "Please insert a disk". I know its not the disc because I've tried using different ones. Any suggestions.

Answer:Need help with Floppy Drive issue.

1. Have you tried other disks/drives?

2. Are the cables properly secured in place in the floppy drive?

3. Are the source disks formatted?

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Question: Floppy Drive Issue

I have a dual problem.

First - I think one of my RAM sticks is bad. The internet is laggy, and i am unable to open larger programs. So... I tried to run a Memtest86 Floppy to test the RAM.

Second - The computer does not read the floppy drive. I've tried multiple disks so I've ruled out that. The floppy drive has power, but when I open it from My Computer is says Please insert disk. I've comanded the BIOS to boot from the floppy drive first, and it says "reading floppy" but then goes on to CD/DVD and then boots windows.

My AIDA32 sees the floppy drive.

Device Properties
Driver Description Floppy disk drive
Driver Date 7/1/2001
Driver Version 5.1.2600.0
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File flpydisk.inf

Any suggestions on further diag?

Answer:Floppy Drive Issue

check the cable, if the light on the drive stays on it is backwards. i would guess the drive is just faulty though if it is detected

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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:

----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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i have changed the boot startup for cd in CMOS and used xp but it will not boot from the CD. the CD is ok the HD is ok i have a laptop with dual port and checked in ms-dos CHKDSK the hard drive has no fails. i have formated the hard drive with ms-dos and tryed checking but could not find a hidden partition. The CD works ok on my other laptop. i have transfered the files NTLDR and ALSO NTDETECT.COM onto the harddrive and then tryed and again and the next problem came up saying the BOOT.INI missing or CORRUPT NTDETECT.COM FAILED  so now lost for completely this like a complete round in circles but i cant see a problem with the hard drive the laptop does have a floppy drive who does these days lol

Answer:NTLDR missing NTDETECT failed then BOOT.ini not loading Hard Drive

What exactly does it say on this XP CD ? ?

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I have a new Windows XP computer that I want to transfer my data from my old computer Windows 98. I have tried using a USB 2.0 flash drive but it does not support Windows 98....only windows 98 SE... Can you tell me if there is a flash drive that does support windows 98? Any help is appreciated.

Answer:USB flash drive support for Windows 98

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Can I install Windows 10 completely to a flash drive as if it was an internal drive and use that solely for everything?

Answer:Does Windows 10 support being run from a flash drive?

Yes, with Windows To Go, but that requires you have the Enterprise version.

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I have the exact problem with drive A. When trying to backup to it, a frequent blue screen write error appears. In searching the web, others have experienced this problem. I have not found a clear solution to the problem short of reloading all of windows. Can someone help?


Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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I receive the following error whenever writing multiple or large files to my floppy disk:
Disk Write Error
Unable to write to disk in drive A:
Data or files may be lost

It occurs about every 5 seconds when writing files. Some files, typically small ones, are written with no problems.
I've replaced the floppy drive with a new one and the problem remains.
I swapped in a known working floppy and cable from another working PC and experienced the same problem.

Please suggest a solution.

Answer:[SOLVED] Floppy Drive Error: Unable to write to disk in drive A

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I've been noticing after re-installing Win 7 that I get random floppy drive seeks and the hard drive light flashes like crazy and then everything is fine again.I have Clamwin AV,Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D installed,but that's it,no Windows Defender or Essentials AV.Any ideas what causes this? It's a minor annoyance,but I just want to make sure it's not damaging anything.Also would Readyboost help me? I've got 2 gigs dual channel PC3200 ram(or I could go with 2.5 gig single channel PC2700)and a P4 at 3 gig until I can afford to upgrade my comp.This is my first post in quite awhile so I hope this is in the right place Thanks.

Answer:Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I have a fix for the floppy drive problem. Unplug it!

But er, it could easily be the AV software doing it, or possibly the Windows indexer.

To track it down you could try catching it in the act (if it's prolonged enough) by using the "Resource Monitor" found on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Click on the "Disk" tab and wait for it to happen and see if something new shows up as doing disk IO.

Though also, disabling the AV software temporarily and see if it stops might be a first try...

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This is a really strange problem.  Windows 2000 has problems accessing my 3 1/2" floppy drive.  If I try to access a drive through Explorer or a DOS box, Windows can't read the disk.  At first I thought it was a bad drive so I removed it and tested it in another system and found it worked just fine.  I then re-installed it in the system in question and found that I can boot to the floppy drive just fine.  I then rebooted the system with a non-bootable disk in the drive.  When I received the "Non-system disk.  Remove and press any key..." prompt, I ejected the disk, let Windows start and immediately put the disk back in the drive.  Since there is now a disk in the drive as Windows is starting up, it allows access to the disk from Explorer and a DOS box.  It seems that Windows will only allow access to a floppy if it's in the drive when Windows starts up.  Installing a disk in the drive after Windows is up and running doesn't allow access.Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 2000 can't access floppy drive unless disk in drive when starting

I would try this.  Remove the floppy disk.  Open Device Manager and uninstall the floppy drive.  Then, restart the computer.  Does Windows recognize new hardware and install it?

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My unkle has got a problem with his floppy disk drive. I took it out and put a different one into it and it still didnt work. I looked at the motherboard and 3 of the capacitors are bulging up and 2 of them are almost covered in a brown powder sort of stuff. Shall I just recoment he gets a new computer as I am amazed that it even boots as it is to be honest.

Answer:Floppy Disk Issue More Than Just The Drive

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I did an AVG virus scan of my floppy and found an error (dont know what that error is, and no virii).
Floppy drive (both old and the new one I swiped in) does not recognize diskettes in drive. 2 cables (1 ribbon, 1 power) are plugged into drive.
New floppy drive reads properly in new computer (at least to detect scsi adapter diskette, though it doesn't actually work).

I have had $1500 as no more than a paperweight since the 22nd, please help!

Answer:3 1/2 floppy drive light stays on, not reading disks in drive

check the BIOS and see whether the floppy drive is enabled

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Looks that way.

Ever since the technician replaced my defective CD drive, I've been noticing a quick flash of a message saying "diskette drive failure" while I launch Windows. The screen goes by too fast for me to read it, but when I put a floppy disk into my drive, the computer prompted me to insert a floppy disk.

What could have the technician done? I was never getting this error or problem before he came.

He only said his name was Allan. No phone number or anything to contact him.

Answer:Dell Technician Broke Floppy Drive While Replacing CD Drive

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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I recently purchased a 32 GB San Disk Flash Drive. The security files pre-installed on the drive were junk, and I could not delete them so I formatted the drive to remove them. This cleaned the disk, and it holds data, but I'm not sure if this is part of my problem. I am trying to load my copy of windows 7 onto this disk, and using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, I can select my ISO file, but when I go to select my USB drive, my computer does not recognize the flash drive as a flash drive. Is there a way to change the Flash Drive so Windows will recognize my Flash Drive as removable media? Smaller USB drives still work on my computer, so its not the computer. Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

Hello masonta. Welcome to the forum.

Let's start with this: can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window, expanded so we can read everything, with the USB stick installed?

You also might check in Device Manager to see if the stick shows up as a USB device, or a hard disk.

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I am building a new rig and beacuse i have only sata drives I need a floppy drive to load sata drives. problem is when I install a floopy drive the system doesnt boot, the floppy and cable work fine in another pc but not this one, I've tried other power cables and no luck. remove the drive and it boots fine, could the controler on the MOBO be toast?

Answer:System power up issue with floppy drive

More likley cable is upside down or wrong end connected to mobo which would cause that.
Also check in bios to be certain floppy drive is enabled too.

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Hello Everyone,

I am running XP Pro on my homebuilt desktop. During startup the floppy drive detection takes way too long. Is there anyway I can disable floppy drive detection? Suggestions and advice are welcome.
clear skies

Answer:Quick Startup Help: Floppy Drive Issue

Turn off floppy drive detection in Bios / remove it from the boot order

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There was a post on this earlier in the month, but it was about a laptop and the responders told others to make a new thread with their problems. So here's mine:

I bought a seagate sata drive, and I'm trying to install xp on it. I have an epox 9nda3j mobo. The computer already has a WD pata drive dual-booting XP and Vista on it. I've had absolutely no luck installing XP on the computer, getting the same disc read errors that others get. I tried using nlite to make a boot disc, but I'm not sure if I did it right or not. I tried using a USB floppy with the sata drivers from epox, but XP appears to have no intention of recognizing it. I briefly looked into seagate's disc wizard, but it didn't seem to be very helpful either. I saw some stuff about dynamic drive overlay being a problem in other searches I made, but the option to remove it from my drive was grayed out. So now I'm sitting here with a 400GB paper weight. Does anyone have any idea what I could be doing wrong here, or what else I need to do to fix this?

Answer:fresh xp install on new sata drive w/o floppy drive

any ideas?

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i have never used a floppy/installed, an i want 2 change my ide drive 2 a raptor 1000rpm sata drive is there a way?

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I can't seem to figure this one out, but no matter what I try, Windows Vista is finding my NEC-DVD/CD drive as a floppy drive. When I uninstall it and ask it to find new hardware, it finds it as a floppy again. Its connected via IDE, and its the only IDE connection I have. Anyone have any idea what may be going on, or how I can fix it?


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please help. running windows xp, got 19G memory. not sure about other info. every time i try and run a cd rom or floppy disk i am told that windows cannot read it it may not have been formatted. this has only occurred over the last four days. can someone please help as i am completely at a loss

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The bios is detecting all of them but Windows 7 is not. The floppy's power is on all the time and it is enabled in the bios. My 3rd hard drive is not being detected, however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that. And I have no idea about my dvd drive. My other drive is working though.

Answer:Windows 7 not detecting hard drive, floppy and dvd drive

You are going to need to clear some things up.

Do you have an operational system?
"however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that"

By this sentence I would think not.
Insert the W7 disk and press F8 while it is booting and select restore to the last known good configuration and you should be all set.

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Hey, i recently ghosted my 250gb ATA 133 drive to a 200gb SATA drive. I made sure I installed the drivers before I imaged so it would boot and detect correctly. It worked fine for 2 months. I am currently contemplating re-installing Windows because of a few problems with my current installation and general junking up of the OS. I have a SP2 disc but i dont have a Floppy drive installed and i really dont want to install one just for the SATA drivers. Is there any way to install XP to a SATA drive without a floppy disk?


Answer:Installing Windows XP to a SATA drive without a floppy drive

Wayne I am actually in the same boat you are as we speak I dont know if its an option to search your CD-ROM drive for drivers or not. I have never had to do it so I willl tell you my findings when I get done tonight...It is going to be a bit harder for me as I am setting 2X250GB SATA drives in a RAID0..wish me

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I just built a nice little powerhouse for my girlfriend. It's all up and running great, but I ran into a strange snag along the way.

First of all I'm using the new 915 Intel board (not sure the exact number ATM, but it is Intel brand) with a PCI Express, LGA775 chipset.

I currently have one 36.7 GB WD Raptor on a SATA connection. The only optical drive is a CD/DVD +/- RW combo on it's own (and only) IDE channel. I opened up the BIOS on first boot, and noticed that even though the correct model number showed up in the Drive Options, it was displayed as being a Floppy Drive!

Confused, I switched the jumper setting.... still no change. Switched to the last jumper setting.. tried removing the jumper completely, nope ! OK, so I decide I'll set the jumper back to the Master position and let Windows try to sort it out.

I install windows off my USB DVD-drive. Flawless install, but even in Windows it displays a Floppy Drive! There is no Floppy drive connected. I then proceed to close the case and barf all over the damn thing out of pure frustration. puke:

I'm freakin out here! I've built several computers and worked on countless others and have NEVER EVER seen anything like this. Granted, the RAID thing is new to me, and I'm guessing it probably has something to do with that.

Answer:Optical Drive being recognized as a Floppy Drive !

Welcome to Techspot !

I know you are experienced ,but sometimes the simple stuff.
Given the newness of this architecture I would lean towards the necessity of a bios file update.
Since the bios sees it as a floppy but has the correct Model and I take you loaded Windows from it, it obviously works.
Does your Bios settings allow you to manually chose the drive type and DMA etc.If yes
Disable all IDE channels not in use. and turn off 'auto configure '
Check the web site and tech support there could be a bug fix in the works.
Let us know how far you get.

P.S. Sorry missed you loaded from USB,However if the drive can read media etc. my point is the same.

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After some good research, I found that the reason my laptop won't boot is due to a BIOS error. According to the blink codes mean my BIOS is saying "Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected". What should I do to fix this? Do I just restore my BIOS using the method the page says, or do I need to repair my CD/DVD Drive?

Answer:What does "Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected"...

 The document you are looking at is for desktop computers. Also the "Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected" occurs when attempting to flash the BIOS. Document for laptops is here:

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hi there , running windows xp pro, been on b/band for about a fortnight, just got the new windows service pack and me floppy drive won't read diskettes and neither will my cd rom drive ,yet ,it will play audio. has anyone any suggestions?

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I've got a laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and as I hate Vista it needs to go.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, because the laptop's HD is a SATA drive. As the laptop does not have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

Any ideas, anyone?


Answer:XP install on SATA drive without floppy drive

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I am working on a friends computer and I have come up against a very interesting problem:

The computer is a Compaq Presario 5700T with a 13 gig HD and 256 RAM and it is... well, was running Windows 98 SE.

I tried like crazy to rescue the Windows 98 installation (if anyone knows a good program for that I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction for that) but I found that I could not and I had to Killdisk the HD. Now... here is the interesting part: Killdisk shows two different HD's but physically there is only one 13 gig HD. The first disk shows up as the 13 gig and the other phantom disk shows as a 7.5 gig. The 7.5 gig drive isn't a partition that I can tell because when I ran Partition Magic it did not detect a second drive and besides I wiped the 13 gig drive clean. Killdisk also shows two floppy drives but there is only one.

My questions are this:

1. Could this phantom floppy drive and second HD be a BIOS problem? If so, how do I correct that? (Getting into Compaq BIOS settings is harder than breaking into a vault) And can I backup the current BIOS in case an update fails?

2. I also need a reliable program (preferably free) to detect all of the hardware in this PC so I can install the proper drivers. HP has them on their site but this is a refurbished PC and I just cannot tell if the HP drivers will work or not.

3. Is there something that I am overlooking as a potential cause?

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Phantom Hard Drive and Floppy Drive

Compaq BIOS is F10 right after the "Compaq" flash screen.

I seem to remember there being an 8GB limit on harddrives at one time. Maybe the 7.5 ghost drive is a BIOS workaround.

It's been a very long time but I'm almost positive that Compaq Bios Updates automatically backup current settings to the floppy you use to update. You can later choose to restore. Also they do a check before updating to make sure you have the right version/disk. You can try it and abort at the last step if unsure.

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