How do I access a Non-DOS drive using DOS?

How do I access a Non-DOS drive using DOS?

Post by S2luZyBEdX » Wed, 20 Jul 2005 00:10:03

I have a computer setup with with Windows XP Pro installed on an NTFS drive.
When I boot into DOS, I cannot access the drive. I am sure this is because it
is not a DOS partition, but the file system should still be compatible. I
used fdisk to look at the drive, and it is there, but listed as a non-dos
NTFS. So, how do I copy a file from my floppy onto my hard drive without
going into Windows?

How do I access a Non-DOS drive using DOS?

Post by Tim Slatte » Wed, 20 Jul 2005 01:20:19

It's not. DOS cannot natively read, write, or even see an NTFS

There is a workaround. Look at
will allow DOS to read an NTFS partition. At
utility that allows read/write access, but this one isn't free like

Going into Windows is by far the easiest way. Of course a WinXP
Command Console (or "DOS Box") can handle NTFS partitions just fine.

Tim Slattery


How do I access a Non-DOS drive using DOS?

Post by R. C. Whit » Wed, 20 Jul 2005 01:26:13

Hi, King.

There are 3rd-party solutions, but the WinXP CD-ROM is bootable and contains
the Recovery Console. The RC looks like DOS; it isn't really, but it can do
some limited functions, including Copy. For details of RC commands, see the
WinXP Pro Resource Kit online:

(These URLs don't always go to the page I have in mind; if you get close,
the path within the RK is:
Welcome > Part VII Appendices > Appendix D Tools for Troubleshooting >
Disaster Recovery Tools > Recovery Console > Using Recovery Console

But, WHY do you need to run DOS at all?? If you tell us what you are trying
to accomplish, somebody here probably can help you figure out how to do it.

R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP