So here's the issue. I recently installed a new hard drive with a clean copy of Vista (32-bit). I only have one partition. It's been fine for at least a month until this morning when I got the message that NTLDR is missing and to hit a key to restart.
I never made a backup given that it's a new hard drive, so would really like to not have to reformat the drive again as I have lots of new files.
What I've tried:
1. I booted up from the installation disk - went to repair, and a)repair startup problems (it found a problem and supposedly fixed it - but still the same error msg and it no longer detects a problem); b) tried to restore to an earlier system point. didn't work
2. Recovering the Vista Bootloader from the DVD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
tried this, but got stuck at step 3 as i evidently don't have bootsect.exe (tried the path given as well as looking in windows and source directories)