I have an HP Notebook 2000 running Windows 7 64-bit. I wanted to make a new partition for Windows 8 using Disk Manager in Windows 7 and I couldn't get more than 18 GB volume shrink size, so I stupidly deleted the partition "HP Recovery" thinking it was useless. Now when I boot up my laptop, I get a message saying "NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". I can't access System Recovery. When booting up my laptop, the only option I get before the NTLDR error message is ESC for Startup Menu. In the startup menu, my options are: --- F1 System Information F2 System Diagnostics F9 Boot Device Options F10 BIOS Setup F11 System Recovery ENTER - Continue Startup For more information, please visit: www.hp.com\go\techcenter\startup --- Choosing any of those options makes my laptop freeze, except for BIOS Setup. Pressing F11 while booting laptop makes it freeze as well. Is there anything I can do here? Can I boot off of a recovery disk? I can get on my brother's computer and make a recovery disk if that will work. I can boot the Windows 8 installation off my USB, and there's an option to repair my computer. I can Refresh PC. When I choose to do that, it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again". I can also choose "Reset your PC" but when I do so, it says "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing." Then there's "Advanced options" and so I tried "System Restore", and got the error "To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore." Would booting a Windows 7 installation disk work? I've also seen software that restores deleted partitions. I can't use the software because I can't boot into an OS. Does that kind of software exist as a bootup program? Like can I put it on a USB or DVD and boot it when I start my laptop? Please help.