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That depends on which filesystem you have installed on the boot partition of your system. If it's formatted NTFS, you won't be putting any files onto it with plain DOS. If the boot partition is formatted FAT32, all you have to do is:

COPY A:\NTDLL.DLL C:\WINNT
 

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I am getting an "out of memory" error when I try to do this: A:\copy ntdll.dll C:\WinNT\system32 or A:\copy ntdll C:\
I tried a couple other variations too with no luck.
 

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If you have NTFS, as I mentioned, MS-DOS is useless to you to access that partition. I'm a bit surprised that a repair installation doesn't put the file back.

FWIW, an easy way to put the file back with NTFS on the disk is to remove the disk and temporarily put it into another W2K/XP machine and do the copy there, then put it back in your machine. The other option is to give the Winternals folks $299 for the DOS version of their NTFS driver that will allow you to write to NTFS partitions from DOS. You know which option I'd pick! :D
 

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It's a laptop harddrive and I don't have the litttle IDE cable adapter here. I could make my own but we know how painful that is. I'm creating an image of the drive then reinstalling windows.
 

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Well, it would be much easier to acquire the adapter and do it by my method, but whatever works. :)
 

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I think you missed the part about the free version being a reader only! $299 is for the Pro version that allows you to write to NTFS filesystems, note the descriptions. :rolleyes:

NTFSDOS v3.02 Access NTFS drives for read-only access from DOS.

NTFSDOS Professional v4.0 Full read/write access to NTFS drives from DOS! Download this free read-only version.
 
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