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Partition deleted - NTLDR error?

  • Hard Drives
  • Partition
  • Windows XP
  • Storage
Last response: in Storage
April 27, 2010 6:25:23 PM

Greetings, I need help trying to recover some files on my pc.

I had an XP installation working fine on a single hd setup with about 25 gb free space.
I tried partitioning the drive (c to free up that empty space so that I could install Windows 7 on it, (i guess its called dual boot?)

I used a free partition manager program from, it went through the setup and had to restart the pc and continue from dos to finish. That's where it went to hell.
I could not boot the drive again, due to a NTLDR file missing error.

I tried some recommendations on using the XP install CD. The cd can't find any windows installs. The recovery console, FIXBOOT didn't work. BOOTCFG recommended I use CHKDSK to look for errors and fix them-I didn't find any.

FIXMBR says I have invalid MBR, so I had it write a new one.

Now my current normal boot results in :

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>system32hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I also tried the recommendations on to no avail.

The only thing I care about right now is a couple of important folders on that drive that I would like to recover. So I connected the drive to another PC and attempted to use Easus partition tools to recover. Nothing.

Any Ideas?


I was able to install win7 onto the part of the drive using partition magic free bootup cd, I was unable to install Xp though, (the error I received was xp was unable to detect any previous installations.)

anyhow, from win7 disc mgmt I gave the remaining partition a drive letter, yet I still do not see my old files on it.

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April 28, 2010 2:42:00 AM

Dogsnake said:
Try making a BartPE bootable disc. Use it to start the machine and try accessing the hd. If the drive can be seen, you can then copy the files to a usb flash. Also chk this link.

So if I can access the hd now thru windows7, would it be the same as using bartpe? (see update above)
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April 29, 2010 3:57:14 AM

Hard to say what you have now. Since the BartPE is free and easy try it to look at the drive contents. The BartPE puts the minimum files on a cd needed to act as an os and boot the machine. You will be running the machine from the cd. It is not the same as what you describe. I would not install anything else as there is always a chance to over wright or damage the data you want to recover.
April 30, 2010 2:54:26 PM

Installing win7(or any OS for that matter) on the same drive you are trying to recover data from unfortunetly was a very bad thing to do. I would cease using the drive immediately and get a data recovery solution, I like getdataback at You need to install this software on another system, and attach this drive as storage drive, not a system drive(don't boot from it).
If GDB doesn't see the data, it is not likely there anymore, or it will take some very sophisticated techniques/hardware/software(very expensive, in the thousands of dollars) to get the data back.
Not to harp on ya, learning new things is great, but remember a couple of things, research is your friend, back up anything you don't want to lose.