Viewing NTFS disks from MS-DOS

By Jim Pile, ITworld |  Opinion

Reader Rob W. asks:

"Is there any way to create a boot disk that allows access to NTFS
drives?"

Sysinternals offers NTFSDOS, a utility that allows access to NTFS
volumes from MS-DOS. A freeware version of NTFSDOS lets you read NTFS
volumes, but does not allow you to write to them. However, if your
computer also has a FAT32 or FAT volume, you can copy files from the
NTFS volumes to the FAT volumes.

To make a boot disk incorporating NTFSDOS, first you need to create a
bootable floppy using Windows 98, SE, ME, or MS-DOS. After you create
the floppy, copy NTFSDOS.EXE to it. We added Xcopy, Doskey, and Format
to our boot disk for convenience, but none of these files are necessary
to run NTFSDOS.

You can now create an Autoexec.bat file using the following commands:

@echo off
cls
ntfsdos

When you boot from your new floppy, NTFSDOS will mount your NTFS
volumes for reading.

To write to your NTFS volumes, you need to use NTFSDOS Professional.
You can download NTFSDOS and a NTFSDOS Professional trial (read-only)
copy at http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/NTFSDOS.shtml. If
you wish to purchase NTFSDOS Professional, the price is $199.

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