a NTFS BOOT DISK?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by bheagle, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    anyone know how I can install XP from my harddrive rather than from the CD? I have two Hard drives both formatted NTFS..

    so if I make a MS-DOS bootdisk how can I see the NTFS files???

    any suggestions???:(
     
  2. Kahuna

    Kahuna Guest

  3. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    Thanks for that info, but after checking on the sites, I still can't find a disk that allows an install from the Hard drive, Most all of the bootdisks allow formatting and all of the ntfs partitions, but then will only allow setup from the CD-ROM...

    So far as I can tell anyway....

    :(
     
  4. Black_Pride

    Black_Pride OSNN Addict

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    I want to know the same thing.

    Every time I build a new system I like to create a backup of the original file system on the HD and install from there. Besides installing the OS faster it is good to have a backup for future installs.

    How do we install XP from the drive onto itself?:(
     
  5. dijital

    dijital Guest

    go to www.winternals.com

    they have a program called ntfsdos. its exactly what your looking for, however, the cost is huge. look for the program on the net if you can.
     
  6. dejav00

    dejav00 Guest

    ...

    yeah, the free version "ntfsdos.exe" is read-only, but it may help you.
     
  7. westy1

    westy1 Guest

  8. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    No... those still require a CD ROM... thanks for the try tho...

    I am beginning to think this is not doable unless the hard drive is FAT32 and then I could boot from a 98SE disk and see the install dir, but I see no doing it from a NTFS disk...

    can you safely convert from NTFS to FAT32 using partition Magic and not lose data?
     
  9. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Yeah, NTFSDOS from WinInternals is the best option you have. It will create a couple of boot floppies which allow you to mount NTFS volumes from within DOS.
    Hope this helps!
     
  10. westy1

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  11. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Yep, that's the one I was talking about ... NTFSDOS mounts NTFS volumes in DOS and the other one does it for Win98. I've created boot disks already .. but hopefully, I'll never have to use 'em :D
     
  12. Narciccus

    Narciccus Guest


    Why Install from the Hard Disk when its so easy from CD????

    You Do have a Windows XP CD-ROM dont you??
     
  13. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    yes I do have a cd-rom... the problem is, my cd rom seems to have a problem of some kind during install, but it copied the cd to the HD fine
     
  14. Narciccus

    Narciccus Guest

    Does SETUP Start??
    Mine wouldnt install untill i did this....
    go into the Bios (Del Key) before windows starts and select "cd rom" as first boot device with IDE0 as second, then it should start setup from the cd rom!

    goodluck
     
  15. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    I have done this already....

    it starts setup, gets about half way through the copying setup files and then I get a disk read error, but the cd is fine... I have another computer that reads it perfectly, and like I said, I copied the whole cd to the HD fine to.
     
  16. Narciccus

    Narciccus Guest

    Something like this happened to a friend, it wasnt to do with XP installation thou.. it might work... is your DVD drive your main cd rom?

    Try swapping so your cdrw is the main drive, or try using the cd drive from your other computer

    ive had loads of things that will read on one cd rom but not another and i dont know what causes it :)
     
  17. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    have done that too...
    if I could just read the HD from a floppy, all my troubles would go away, can I convert my NTFS files back to Fat32 and not damage the files?
     
  18. Narciccus

    Narciccus Guest

    what is on your hard disk now, just the copy of xp ?
     
  19. Narciccus

    Narciccus Guest

    and no you cant covert back to fat 32 you have to reformat the drive for that
     
  20. bheagle

    bheagle Guest

    I have about 5000 Mp3 files, and a bunch of documents and such... basically it would take a BUNCH of CD's to back it all up and the other drive does not have the room for it all either... well, thanks for the help all... I'll have to try other things.


    :(