How to recognize external drive and fix NTLDR?

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Hi there!

My computer is running on Windows XP and just recently, I backed it up for the first time using Microsoft backup installed with the operating system.

The thing is when I restarted my computer, I got an error message saying that the NTLDR is missing, I tried to repair this by using the recovery disk in my computer but when I did, my computer recognizes my external hard drive as the C: drive.

I need to know how I could get my computer to recognize the internal hard drive as the C: drive, rather than the external one.

I already ran the diagnostics on the internal HDD and it seemed to be fine.

I hope you can tell me what’s going on and how I can fix it. Thank you. 

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Answered By 75 points N/A #105972

How to recognize external drive and fix NTLDR?


Hello Suyen Yee,

You will need to change the drive letter and path names by using disk management. Use the following procedure:

  • On your computer, go to start and then type computer management in the search field.
  • Press enter in the keyboard.
  • In the window that will open, click on disk management.
  • Locate the external hard disk that is labeled C: and right click on it.
  • Click on change drive letters and path names.
  • Choose a letter for the drive.
  • Click OK to save the changes.

You will have successfully changed the drive letter for the external hard drive from C: to another.


Lee Hung

Answered By 0 points N/A #105973

How to recognize external drive and fix NTLDR?


What you need to do is simply disconnect your external hard drive and then restart your computer. Enter the BIOS setup and confirm that the computer indeed recognizes your internal hard disk.  Once the system starts, (in the operating system installed on the internal disk), plug in the external hard drive and confirm what drive letter it’s associated with. Most likely, the operating system will automatically assign it a different drive letter that does not conflict with the C: / drive. It’s always advisable that whenever starting or restarting your computer, remove all external drives, including flash disks, memory cards, etc. this actually speeds up the restart process of your computer. Regards

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