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NTLDR is missing???

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Hey I tried reformatting my computer to have only one partition. I used a direct Media 3.5 cd which allocated all the memory into one. My computer is a Dell XPS and it comes up with the error NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart. I can't boot from a cd or anything and have no idea what so ever how to fix this If anyone has any idea of how I could fix this I would greatly appreciate it. The last thing I did was switch the 'active' drive from a 'd:' to the 'c:' and I'm thinking thats the reason but dont know how to switch it back without having a operating system or even getting onmy computers desktop for thats sake... thanks

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You cant reformat the partition you are booting from, you have bricked your computer.

Reach for the install disk and re-install it (unless its one of those cheap PC's where you dont get an install disk, in which case you're fucked).

Sorry dude.

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Well I have the install disk for windows vista and when i 'boot from the cd' the error message comes and thats as far as i ever can get?

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Well I have the install disk for windows vista and when i 'boot from the cd' the error message comes and thats as far as i ever can get?

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My guess is that you don't press a key when the "Press a key to boot from CD" message appears. Your hard disks contents shouldn't be able to interfere with CD booting because (that happens before HD is read).

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well I push F12 to go into the where you can boot from and just enter on "Boot from CD/" and it does it so I though it would just use the cd?

Shoot I go and unclick the hardrive in the bootsequence or what?

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I'm not sure how "Press a key to boot from CD" is ambiguous to you, but the deal is, when it says "Press a key to boot from CD" if you don't press a key, it won't boot from CD. That message is the CD's bootloader confirming that you want to boot from CD.

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