here's the whole story http://forums.gideontech.com/index.php/topic,33992.0.html I am trying to install a new hard drive and a fresh install of XP on my laptop that does not have a floppy or CD drive. It's been a bear. The method that has gotten me the closest is sys-ing the drive from a w98 boot disk and coping the i386 folder. I ran smartdrv and winnt, setup went through the text portion fine. When it rebooted I got the lovely "ntldr is missing." I have the HD hookup up on my computer and I am hoping to find an edit I can do with out reinstalling. It's a difficult problem, anyone have any hints?