Who are so many boot disk apps still unable to see NTFS?
Posted on 2006-05-10
I trying to learn my way around boot disks, like "Hiren's Boot Disk". Recently I've noticed how MANY of the programs on don't recognize NTFS drives.
E.g. you can't run Hiren's Scandisk on NTFS. (Instead you use Hiren's NTFS DOS Pro, then run NTFSCHK)
Likewise Hiren's Norton Disk Doctor doesn't see NTFS.
You can run HIren's NTFS Dos first, to mount the NTFS volume. But then the "Fat32 only" progs won't work. Ntfs DOS drive mounting seems to interfere. (e.g. Norton Disk Doctor won't run at all with an NTFS volume mounted.)
On the other hand, Hiren's Partition Magic sees NTFS fine out of the game.
What I'm wondering is -- why are so many "Fat32 only" programs still so popular? Aren't there enough boot-level programs out there compatible with both file systems, to totally replace all the "fat32 only" ones?
I really have no idea -- it just seems there would be. I may be totally missing some basic point or truth about file systems... Maybe I should expect to need a different set of tools for each file system?