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Salvaging data from trashed NT

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MyeyesHurt, Sep 18, 2000.

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  1. MyeyesHurt

    MyeyesHurt Thread Starter

    Apr 19, 2000
    Hey people, just a little hint in case this hasn't been posted here before... [​IMG]
    Last week one of our developers installed a defunctified version of their software onto his machine which completely trashed it.
    There was NO way to get into it...booting from a DOS diskette was useless because all of his partitions were NTFS.
    I thought of installing NT on one of his partitions, but that would involve formatting a partition, all of which had critical info.
    Then BOOM, I remembered how Win2000 installs without automatically formatting anything, so I installed w2k, transferred all his data to another machine, then wiped his computer out and reinstalled his workstation, as if nothing ever happened...well except for me working on a saturday, grrr.
  2. Reuel Miller

    Reuel Miller

    Feb 17, 1999

    Good for you. Now let me tell you of an easier way: Download NTFSdos from www.sysinternals.com

    It is an NTFS driver for DOS. Let's you mount NTFS drives in DOS 6.22 and lets you read from them (the full version that you have to pay for, allows you to read AND write to NTFS drives). So, what you could have done was put in your favourite bootdisk (or download mine from www.xperts.co.za/reuel/multiboot - it comes with NTFSdos) and save your data through good old DOS.

    Also, NT4 does not need to format a HD when it installs.


    Reuel Miller
    Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased :) )

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    Website: www.xperts.co.za/reuel/multiboot

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