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Laptop HELP!!! ntdetect failed- error message

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Whilst defraging my Toshiba laptop the other day I deleted some stuff to free some space but I must have deleted an essential program or file (yeh i know, silly me!) Now when i turn it on it says 'nt…
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Whilst defraging my Toshiba laptop the other day I deleted some stuff to free some space but I must have deleted an essential program or file (yeh i know, silly me!)
Now when i turn it on it says 'ntdetect failed' and then shuts down. It only manages to load the Toshiba welcome page then the error message appears and then the computer restarts-this goes on in one loop till i turn it off.
I have a Windows XP disk but not a Toshiba recovery disk-is there anyway to get the computer to start and boot up to get all my information off there? I have looked on google and followed instructions but doesnt seem to work and i think its becuase I dont have that recovery disk. Any help would be much appreciated!
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
If you have the XP disk then you should get the repair option. This should resolve the issue for you.
#2
the discs should boot from bios, by pressing F2 or F12 upon power up. With my last laptop, F6 allowed entry to a repair screen for windows. one of these options should work for you im sure.
#3
i can get to a repair screen, and i press R to repair but i cant seem to get any further from there. It comes up with lots of different options in the repair section that doesnt seem to do anything. If the XP disk isnt the one that came with the laptop would that matter?
#4
Follow these instructions.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555304
#5
louis08
i can get to a repair screen, and i press R to repair but i cant seem to get any further from there. It comes up with lots of different options in the repair section that doesnt seem to do anything. If the XP disk isnt the one that came with the laptop would that matter?


i wouldnt think it would matter, so long as its the right version, ie home, media or pro
#6
lol..Dont delete anything in future is the lesson to be learned here, unless you know what the consequences are going to be! :-D

Re-installing XP is probably the easiest and quickest option. However you said that you wanted to keep your files, if your files are not in a standardised install folder (ie. My Documents, Desktop etc) then those folders will still be there providing you DONT format the drive before installing.

If your files are in any of the standised install folders then you would have to get access to the drive as an external drive and copy them to another location before installing XP on the original drive again.

Unless you know exactly the files you deleted and can recover them (and thats a long shot at that if you're not sure what you're doing), then the above method of copying from the drive is probably the safest bet to keep your files.

Cheers.
#7
Yes my files are i subfolders of administrators docs- so do you think if i follow the instructions on the above link (posted by abomination) I will be able to recover my files?
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Yes my files are i subfolders of administrators docs- so do you think if i follow the instructions on the above link (posted by abomination) I will be able to recover my files?


If its the boot files you've deleted then theres every chance it would work, trying this wont hurt and you should try it first to be on the safe side.

Although the boot files dont take up much space so why would you delete them on the basis of saving space?

Anyways, try what was posted by abomination just in case it is the boot loader files you've deleted. If it works, you've won a watch coz you've got your files back! and dont delete anything again! lol
#9
i think it might be the boot files i have deleted and i just got rid of them all regardless of their space, i just deleted everything i didnt need or more what i didnt THINK i needed :-(
Anyway i have used the information on that link and it says 'the parameter is not valid. try /? for help'
Help displays a list of commands of which I have no idea which to choose.
Any more ideas anyone??
1 Like #10
:lol:

Microsoft don't even know the right commands (I just read the full article myself).

You need to swap X: for the correct drive letter, it'll be something like D:, E: or F: depending on your computer configuration.

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CD \
COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C:
COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:
#11
abomination
:lol:

Microsoft don't even know the right commands (I just read the full article myself).

You need to swap X: for the correct drive letter, it'll be something like D:, E: or F: depending on your computer configuration.



can it be C drive?
#12
louis08
can it be C drive?

or where can i find the computer configuration?
#13
It can't be C:, just guess.... swap X: with D: then try E: then F: and so on until it works; follow the commands in my post above.
#14
abomination
:lol:

Microsoft don't even know the right commands (I just read the full article myself).

You need to swap X: for the correct drive letter, it'll be something like D:, E: or F: depending on your computer configuration.


Oh. i get you. I copied it from D drive where the XP disk is and it said task complete but still failed to start up when i restarted it :thinking:
guess its not my lucky day
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#15
Tell you what, once you've entered your password and you're at the prompt, type the following.

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DIR \


Do you see boot.ini, NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR?
#16
abomination
:lol:

Microsoft don't even know the right commands (I just read the full article myself).

You need to swap X: for the correct drive letter, it'll be something like D:, E: or F: depending on your computer configuration.


I had a similar problem before when my bro' decided to delete some Windows Temp files...I did exactly what you said and it worked. When I got into the Recycle Bin I found those files there. :roll:

edit: Wrong quote, eh whatever.

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