How to access NTFS partitions from DOS

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NTFS (New Technology File System) was Microsoft's major buzzword a few years ago. Today, it is the standard filesystem used by Microsoft's operating systems, and arguably one of the fines file systems designed, although Windows does not exploit it fully.

Nevertheless, older versions of Windows and MS-DOS are not able to access NTFS partitions natively. Here is how to solve this.


The solution comes from is mainly concerned with data recovery. However, they do provide a boot disk which can be downloaded free of charge. It can be found on , and is called NTFS Reader DOS Boot Disk. advertises the following features, which work thoroughly and have good results:

  • Can be saved and run from bootable floppy (download boot disk image)
  • Displays complete physical and logical drive information
  • Supports IDE / ATA / SCSI drives
  • Supports large (more than 8GB) Hard Drive
  • Supports NTFS, NTFS5 file systems for reading
  • Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 file systems for data writing
  • Supports compressed and fragmented files on NTFS
  • Supports partitions created in MS-DOS, Windows XP.2000.NT.ME.98.95
  • Displays non-English and long file names
  • Ability to preview file(s)/folder(s) before copying
  • Supports search by file name or mask
  • Disk Viewer displays content of the file in Hex/Text mode


In order to use the boot disk, you will need to copy it to a floppy disk or burn the ISO image to a CD. You will also have to configure your computer to boot from one of these instead of booting from the hard disk by default. You should refer to your motherboard's documentation for details on how to do this.