Acess files on NTFS from CMD Prompt

Dell / XPS
January 14, 2009 at 11:10:08
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Quad
My computer crashed and I am trying to backup my Documents and Settings directory from my XP installation CD at the CMD prompt to a USB drive. The problem is access to directories from the NTFS file system. Windows directory seems to be the only directory I cane access. Can I change the attributes to access other directories or is there a way to gain access to the directories to copy from and to these drives (both my harddrive and usb drive).


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#1
January 14, 2009 at 11:40:35
When you boot from XP CD you are in the Windows Recovery Console, this is not CMD.EXE Command Prompt, nor is it MS-DOS in case you were wondering:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058


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#2
January 14, 2009 at 12:14:52
A bootable cd like Knoppix or Ubcd4win might be better.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#3
January 14, 2009 at 12:23:25
Thank you for your response. So I read that I have limited access through the XP Recovery Console. Do you have a suggestion on how to backup my directories and subdirectories in documents and settings from my harddrive to my usb drive?

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#4
January 14, 2009 at 12:31:54
"A bootable cd like Knoppix or Ubcd4win"

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#5
January 14, 2009 at 12:32:30
Use BartPE. http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

You boot to the CD and it gives you a lite version of Windows. You will have access to your files on your hardrive and can copy them to where you need to.


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#6
January 14, 2009 at 13:10:21
ubcd4win is based on BartPE, but you need a xp disk & pc to create it.

Google for Hawk PE, this is similar to ubcd4win. You should be able to just download it.

Hirens boot cd has various tools.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#7
January 14, 2009 at 14:14:29
If not a live cd/usb consider even any Vista DVD. It has a command line in repair that would access almost any device and filesystem.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#8
January 14, 2009 at 15:05:57
What exactly do you mean by "Crashed?" Does it boot to Safe Mode? Why not try an XP Repair?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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