Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by jasonb, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. jasonb

    jasonb Guest

    is it possible to convert ntfs back to fat32 using fdisk in ms-dos and not lose the files in c:\ ........for repair reasons
  2. Rootz

    Rootz Guest

    no, fdisk can only handle partitions and logical volumes, can't format or convert file systems.
    ...and DOS doesn't support NTFS.
  3. jasonb

    jasonb Guest

    well is there a way to delete a file from my ntfs c:\ ??.....i usually use win98 startup disk to get to dos and delete files on fat32

    my comp. won't load win xp normally so i gotta delete this file that's causing it
  4. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

    can you boot into XP in safe mode?

    also try booting using the XP CD and going to the repair console, or doing a repair install
  5. Rootz

    Rootz Guest

    If you have another comp/system NTFS enabled (NT4.0 SP6a or higher) you could mount that hard disk to that working system and do what you need.
    If not you should use Khayman advice: boot to XP recovery console by pressing F8 right before startup screen (if you have it previously installed) or by using WindowsXP CD.

    Only consider that a repair install just checks integrity and version of system files and will not revert back any harmful changes to your system. You use repair install when a boot file is missing or corrupted.
    Since you need to delete a file, the recovery console command line is what you need (it lets you handle NTFS volumes just like dos with specific commands).
    But if that damned file comes after a bad driver or service installation, its deletion will likely not fix your system... in this case you need to disable that specific driver or service to neutralize a previous harmful installation.

    By the way, have you tried booting to the last known good configuration?
  6. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

    West Lafayette, IN, USA
    I would try the Recovery Conosole on the XP CD. Its a command line that can read NTFS. Just make sure to have your Administrator password ready. If not, press F8 and startup and try the varous options there for Safe Modes