need help with recognizing c drive from boot disk in win xp

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Robert Pearce, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. I need help please
    i recently installed Windows XP pro and when i make a system disk and boot with it to an A: prompt thats as far as i can go when i try to go to the C: drive or D: drive it says incorrect drive
  2. jumpy

    jumpy Guest

    Drives that are formatted as NTFS can not be accessed from pure DOS. That is why you can't access them.
  3. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    Welcome to the forums Robert. XP does not use win9x boot disks. The easiest way is to insert the xp cd & boot up. If you want to get to a prompt window try safe mode.
  4. thewraith

    thewraith Guest

    If you are just looking to read the drive, you can download NTFS4DOS from NTFS4DOS is just what it sounds like. It lets you boot to a disk and read an NTFS partition. If you want to write to it, you have to purchase a product that will do that. Winternals does make NTFS4DOS Pro, but it's expensive.

    Other than that the other guys are correct. You can't read it from a regular boot disk. It's a security feature of NTFS. Only thing you can do is repartition it as a FAT volume if you want to boot to it. That destroys the data, of course, but it gives you a DOS bootable volume.