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

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Robert Pearce

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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
 
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jumpy

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

Hipster Doofus

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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.
 
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thewraith

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If you are just looking to read the drive, you can download NTFS4DOS from www.winternals.com. 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.
 

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