• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.




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


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


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


I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
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


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?


Retired Mod
Political User
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


Members online

No members online now.

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS

Been running around Quora lately, luv it there https://tinyurl.com/ycpxl
Electronic Punk wrote on Perris Calderon's profile.
All good still mate?
Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me ...
What a long strange trip it's been. =)

Forum statistics

Latest member