I have removed my IDE CD-ROM drive, now NT will not boot.

A. Unless it is hardware related, such as you have not connected the cable correctly or you have not set the master/slave correctly you need to perform the actions below before disconnection the CD-ROM drive. Therefore if you have already disconnected the CD-ROM you should reconnect it temporarily.

  1. Start the SCSI Control Panel applet (Start - Settings - Control Panel - SCSI) and click the drivers tab
  2. Select the "IDE CD-ROM (ATAPI 1.2)" and click Remove
  3. Next click the Devices Control Panel applet and select the ATAPI device and click startup. Set the startup type to disabled.
  4. Select the ATDISK device and choose startup. For the type select Boot and choose OK.
  5. Copy ATDISK.SYS from the i386 directory on the NT installation CD-ROM to the %systemroot%\system32\drivers directory
  6. Shutdown Windows NT and remove the CD-ROM

You should now be able to boot normally. See Knowledge base article Q125933 for more information.

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