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    Reformatting a hard drive

    I'm trying to reformat a WD 120Gig hard drive. I have run the WD data lifeguard program and formatted and partitioned the drive into 3 equal parts. However, when I insert my XP Pro CD and reboot I get an error message "NTDLR is missing" press CTL+ALT+Del to restart but the cycle continues. I can't the system to recognize the CD drive or what am I missing? I'm using NTSF and not FAT partitions. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, guys...

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Have you set your Bios to boot from the CD? If not, that's the first step. Then try the XP CD again. By the way, I think the file in the error message is "NTLDR", not "NTDLR".
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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Thanks John, you're a lifesaver. I was going to try this after sleeping on it, but at 2AM I wasn't thinking clearly. "Setup in Now Loading..."
    Can I leave my BIOS to boot from the CD drive or what order do you recommend?
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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    You can leave it to look at the CD first but it just will take a little longer to boot since there is one more step there.
    I use HHD 0 first, CDROM second. and ( yes ) floppy third.
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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    As Bob (Viking) suggests, it would be better to change it once you have installed the OS. I set mine to HD, CD. Floppy. There is no real requirement to boot from a floppy these days, but if you ever do need to, you can always rearrange the order again.
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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    I prefer floppy first, then CD, then hard drive.

    If the hard drive is first, I don't see how yo ucan boot from anything else.

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Only to save boot time.
    If I expect to have to boot from a CD or a floppy, then I will go and change the BIOS boot order.
    Otherwise during boot, it will first look for a floppy in the drive. then a bootable CD, and finally the HD. Since the majority of the boots are from the HD, not floppy or CD, it's easy enough to change it only when needed.
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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Yes, but with my fat, greasy fingers, I'd rather reduce the number of times I need to change the BIOS.

    I don't reboot often enough for the added tyme to matter.

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Well, after several attempts of installing XP after reformatting with Data Lifeguard, I finally got things almost back to normal. I had several Trojan viruses on my system. Is the Norton AV program I installed gonna keep from this headache in the future?

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Well, whether it happens in the future largely depends on you! Whether AV defs are up to date, whether it loads at bootup, etc. One thing I wanted to mention is that as a Western Digital user many times over, I prefer FDISK over their Data Lifeguard software simply because I like my system sweet and simple, without any extra stuff going on that I don't know about. Their retail boxed drives extoll the virtues of the included software, but you really don't need it (at least with W98).

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    If you boot first from a diskette, let's hope you don't ever get one of those olde Boot Sector Viruses hanging around on a diskette you leave by accident in the drive!

    If I ever want to boot from a diskette (once a year?), I will change the boot order in the BIOS setup for this time only.

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    S'funny the things one gets used to. My boot order has been set to CD, floppy, hard drive for the longest time and I don't mind whatever delay that causes. I boot my machine for a fresh start every morning and I'm usually heading for the coffee pot anyway, so I don't even notice how many seconds it takes. Being a pretty recent "convert" away from Drive Image, I just never did bother to change my boot order - I ran Drive Image weekly from a customized (network aware) boot floppy I had made years ago.

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>What's a diskette? Even my Dell (somethingoruther mark II) doesn't have one of these! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Reformatting a hard drive

    Using auntie virus software reduces, but does not eliminate, the possibility of a virus infecting a system.

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