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hey guys I'm fixing a computer, its a sony vaio, it comes with the installations disks, I have replaced the hard drive cuz the one it had was not working, now it gets about ten minutes in to the installation the it says "an Error occurred". when I restart it says cannot find NTLDR, can any you guys help me out. thanks

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give us a chance at least...

There's no info you can give on what kind of an error occured?

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give us a chance at least...

There's no info you can give on what kind of an error occured?

sorry dude I didn't mean to be rude, you see I have a deadline which I need to meet thats all, I was insatlling the OS on a new hd when it said an error occured , then is restated and it said cannot find Ntldr,

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reboot to the winxp disk to do a fresh install of windows ,delete the existing partition and do a full format not the quick one and reload winxp

edit ,never mind i see you have recovery cd's ,your drive is new did you get a install utilities disk with it ,use it to make the disk ready for install first .if you didn't get disk go to manufacturers web site for utilities disk

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Causes of NTLDR Errors
There are a number of possible causes for NTLDR errors, including the most common "NTLDR is missing" error message. The most common reason for this error is when your PC is trying to boot from a hard drive or flash drive that is not properly configured to be booted from; in other words, it's trying to boot from a non-bootable source. This also would apply to media on an optical drive or floppy drive that you're trying to boot from.

Other possible causes include corrupt and misconfigured files, hard drive and operating system upgrade issues, corrupt hard drive sectors, an outdated BIOS, and damaged or loose IDE cables.

This link explains about missing NTLDR in Win XP and possible solutions.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/ntldrmissingxp.htm

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reboot to the winxp disk to do a fresh install of windows ,delete the existing partition and do a full format not the quick one and reload winxp

edit ,never mind i see you have recovery cd's ,your drive is new did you get a install utilities disk with it ,use it to make the disk ready for install first .if you didn't get disk go to manufacturers web site for utilities disk

Yeah I got the install utiltites, but I talked to a guy form sony and he said becaues the HD to big it was not compatible

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Yeah I got the install utiltites, but I talked to a guy form sony and he said becaues the HD to big it was not compatible

what was not compatible the utility or the hard drive was to big for you computer .

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what was not compatible the utility or the hard drive was to big for you computer .

the dude said because it was not the original HD that it was not compatible with the PC (sony pcv-rx640) the hd is a maxstor ata/100 160 gb, he suggested I set the bios to the defaults settings, I tried but it didn't work.

the original HG was 60 GB

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I had simmilar problem, boot in safe mode and install ntl*.dll

thank for the advice but the thing is I'm installing on a new HD so there is no OS thus no safe mode

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the dude said because it was not the original HD that it was not compatible with the PC (sony pcv-rx640) the hd is a maxstor ata/100 160 gb, he suggested I set the bios to the defaults settings, I tried but it didn't work.

the original HG was 60 GB

there are bios limits for big hdd. not sure what yours is ,so it maybe that you bios doesn't recognize the bigger hdd.

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there are bios limits for big hdd. not sure what yours is ,so it maybe that you bios doesn't recognize the bigger hdd.

is there any way I can find out the limits to this PC?, it is kind of old for '03, like it gets to disk 3 which is the last recovery disk before it gives the error

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it probably has a 120 or 160gb limit, maybe even at 60 or 80gb limit

I think it might, it is kind of an old pc, form 03, the new hd is 160, when I go in to the advanced setting for recovery there is one option to format and partition the drive, it had a little drop down box that has the the size of partitions you can make, it has 16-20-30 GB thats it.

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