NTFSDOS

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NTFSDOS
Developer(s) Winternals
Stable release 3.02R (read-only) / June 26, 2001; 13 years ago (2001-06-26)
Operating system DOS
Type Utility software
License Freeware
NTFSDOS Tools
Developer(s) Winternals
Stable release 2.0 / 2001; 13 years ago (2001)
Operating system DOS
Type Utility software
License Retail software
Website None
NTFSDOS Professional
Developer(s) Winternals
Stable release 4.01 / February 28, 2002; 12 years ago (2002-02-28)
Operating system Microsoft Windows (for installation), DOS (for main utilities)
Type Utility software
License Demoware

The company Winternals (later purchased by Microsoft) used to provide three kinds of programs for DOS that could handle NTFS formatted drives.

The NTFSDOS programs[edit]

NTFSDOS[edit]

The first program was NTFSDOS - a freeware utility for DOS (NTFSDOS.EXE) that allows read-only access to NTFS formatted drives from a DOS environment.

NTFSDOS Tools[edit]

The second program was NTFSDOS Tools - an add-on package for NTFSDOS that contains two commercial utilities for DOS - NTFSCopy and NTFSRen. The former (NTFSCOPY.EXE) could be used to overwrite corrupt files with fresh versions. The latter (NTFSREN.EXE) could be used to change the names of bad drivers so Windows wouldn't load them.

NTFSDOS Professional[edit]

The final program was NTFSDOS Professional - a whole commercial solution for handling read and write operations in NTFS from a DOS environment. It must be installed as a package for Microsoft Windows first.

The downloaded version comes in demoware form. The user can only use the package in read-only mode in order to evaluate it.

Commercial NTFSDOS packages become abandonware[edit]

Winternals was acquired by Microsoft mid-2006. Microsoft has removed any traces of NTFSDOS, NTFSDOS Tools and NTFSDOS Professional from the new internal site of Microsoft's Winternals' utilities.