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    ntloader.dll (XP)

    Sorry, can't remember the sp version....I have a hard drive that crashed and when I try to add it as a slave, I get an ntloader.dll error message can someone help me figure this out. I really would like to recover the data on there if possible.

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    Re: ntloader.dll (XP)

    Hi parrothead_kc,

    Welcome to the Lounge.
    Can you give some more details as to just what the error message is or can you give us a screenshot?
    Does it say ntloader not found?
    or ntloader corrupt or what?

    Have you checked the BIOS to see that the slave is recognized and enabled?

    As much additional info you can give would help narrow down the problem.
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    Re: ntloader.dll (XP)

    It might also help to know if the drive experienced a hard crash (mechanical failure) or if it simply failed to boot or went down and wouldn't come back up or went down with an error message.
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    Re: ntloader.dll (XP)

    Welcome to the Lounge!

    Please be more specific - we need as many information as possible to give you exact solution.

    As I understand, your (only) hard drive crashed. Then you add a second hard drive, connect it as master (setting the jumper on "master" position), and connect it to the same controller (ribbon cable) where your old hard drive was, setting the jumper on it on "slave" position. Is it correct?

    Then you are trying to boot to Windows without installing Windows on the new hard drive, are you?

    The file ntloader.dll is not a part of regular Windows XP installation. Do you use any third-party multiboot programs?

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    Re: ntloader.dll (XP)

    Windows Vista's predecessors (Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP) used a system based on the Windows NT boot loader, NTLDR, to boot up the system. To gain a better appreciation of Windows Vista's new boot loader architecture, let's begin with a quick look at how NT Loader worked.

    NTLDR, which is short for NT Loader, is a special program that was first developed for Windows NT back in early 1990s. With this in mind, you can appreciate that NT Loader was definitely an outdated technology.

    Essentially, as the computer boots up, the NTLDR file, containing the main boot loader, loads from the hard drive's boot sector. Once NTLDR starts, it looks for hiberfil.sys and an active hibernation image. If NTLDR finds both the file and image, the operating system resumes from a hibernation state.

    If an active hibernation image is not found, NTLDR reads the Boot.ini file, which contains special configuration options for booting the operating system as well as instructions for displaying the boot menu. Next, NTLDR launches Ntdetect.com, which, as is name implies, is responsible for detecting the basic hardware that is necessary to start the operating system. Finally, NTLDR launches Ntoskrnl.exe, which is the kernel image for an NT-based operating system, such as Windows XP.
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    Re: ntloader.dll (XP) - MORE INFO

    Sorry about that. The second drive is a slave, I still have my original HDD and the OS is on there. After I connected it today, I went into the setup and had it boot from my Master. (Never gave me that option before, go figure) anyway, I'm able to run it at the moment. I'll see if I can glean anything from it now - cross your fingers.

    Thanks for the help and the welcome...sorry for the lack of info, I was thinking half and typing the other half so it made sense to me, LOL

    Parrothead

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    Re: ntloader.dll (XP) - MORE INFO

    OK, looks like you are back on track now.
    Post back if you have any additional problems.
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