Can't access hard drive from bootable floppy disk

Discussion in 'IBM' started by Robert Smith, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. Robert Smith

    Robert Smith Guest

    I just bought an IBM ThinkCentre A50p and I really dislike how the
    pre-installed software is set up. All I want to do is make an ms-dos start
    up disk so I can run chkdsk and other utility programs. I made one in XP
    via formatting a floppy disk, restarted, entered c: and instead of getting
    my hard disk I get what IBM call a service partition, which is also on the
    hard drive, which includes a backup of my system and the operating system.
    I tried other drive letters, I cannot access the main part of my hard drive
    in dos. Any ideas?
    Robert Smith, Aug 9, 2003
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  2. Robert Smith

    daytripper Guest

    Yeah: boot into Windows and take a look at the boot partition: it's probably
    an NTFS partition - which you can't see with a vanilla DOS boot...
    daytripper, Aug 9, 2003
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  3. Robert Smith

    Robert Smith Guest

    Yes you are right, so basically if Windows gets stuffed am I stuffed? What
    precautions should I take?
    Robert Smith, Aug 10, 2003
  4. Robert Smith

    Pen Guest

    You could use partition magic to convert the partition
    back to FAT32.
    Pen, Aug 10, 2003
  5. If you only need read access to the drive, SysInternals have a
    NTFS-for-DOS driver available for download.

    They also sell a read/write version, but I'm not sure how well it
    Peter Emanuelsson, Aug 12, 2003
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