NTLDR is missing error with ide drive

Discussion in 'Asus' started by RBM, May 30, 2005.

  1. RBM

    RBM Guest

    I have a P4C800-ED running XP. I have two 80 GB Seagate SATA hard drives as
    a raid mirror on the promise controller and another 80GB Seagate SATA drive
    as a backup on channel 4. All has been working fine. I installed a removable
    hard drive tray with an ide 10 GB drive. If I attempt to turn off or
    disconnect the removable Drive, upon reboot I get the NTLDR is missing and
    XP won't load. I press Ctl-Alt-Del, go into bios and find my boot drive is
    no longer listed in the boot sector, I replace it boot up and all is fine as
    long as I leave the removable drive connected. Thanks for any ideas and help
    RBM, May 30, 2005
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  2. RBM

    Ryan Guest

    What are all the drives set to on that chain, master, slave, cable select.

    I would have the chain with the removable drive to CS.

    Ryan, May 30, 2005
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  3. The same thing happens on a lot of boards with USB removable media. No
    matter that you set the USB as the lowest priority device to boot from, if
    you remove the disk, reboot, insert the disk, and reboot again, the BIOS
    insists on making the 'new' device the boot drive.
    It applies to several other Asus boards as well.
    My own solution, was simply to put the NT boot stuff 'onto' the removable
    disk, but with boot.ini, pointing to the SATA drives. The cost is a very
    few kB on the disk, but freedom from the problem...

    Best Wishes
    Roger Hamlett, May 30, 2005
  4. RBM

    RBM Guest

    There is a DVD-RW set to master and the hard drive set to slave
    RBM, May 30, 2005
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