OT: Re: Creating an NTFS Boot disk (was Re: DOS feature on formatting disk)

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Wed Jan 19 23:04:12 2005

On Wed, 19 Jan 2005, Robert Feldman wrote:
> Microsoft does provide instructions on how to create a boot floppy for an
> NTFS system ("How to Create a Bootable Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition,"
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119467), but it is an involved process.

Not very hard to do, but it will NOT boot if certain files on the hard
disk are corrupted (NTVDM.EXE)
As I said before, MICROS~1 is completely unclear on the concept of floppy
boot, since their boot floppies will NOT work unless certain files are
intact or missing.

> You're probably better off with one of the 3rd party utilities that has been
> mentioned by others.

NOBODY has mentioned ANY third party utilities that will WRITE an NTFS
partition. NTFSDOS PRO will, but it is very expensive (the free one is

Booting an alternate OS (Knoppix?) looks like the most promising.

Or removing the drive and installing it as second drive in a functional

> BTW, I located this KB article after someone I know thought he would be good
> and clean up his root folder by moving "unnecessary" files -- including
> ntldr -- to other folders. Next time he rebooted: surprise! no boot.

Their "boot disk" seems to work if files are MISSING, but not if they are
present (damaged)

I think that if I could ERASE the bad file, then I could boot and fix it.
Received on Wed Jan 19 2005 - 23:04:12 GMT

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