Wednesday, October 4, 2006

New solution for old systems

Avira NTFS4DOS enables read and write access on NTFS drives for DOS

Tettnang 4 October 2006 – There were times when almost all computer applications were based on DOS systems. However, if you want to access a DOS hard drive you will face the following problem: modern Windows versions run on the so called New Technology File System (NTFS) which means no chance for DOS. With the new Avira solution NTFS4DOS, the users are now able to read and write under DOS on hard drives which are formatted in NTFS. This means: Avira NTFS4DOS provides NTFS drives – thus file systems from Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows server 2003 – over a drive letter. This technology enables the access on NTFS drives over a boot floppy disk.

Because of the low installation size, NTFS4DOS can be ideally saved on a USB stick or a floppy disk. When using the Avira tool, the NTFS drives can be integrated exactly like normal network drives. The access to the drive is also possible if Windows is not installed or it can no longer be started. This unique function turns NTFS4DOS into a strong help for repairing damaged Windows installations and for making antivirus boot floppy disks. In this way the data can be secured, restored in emergencies and replaced if it has been damaged.

“Writing and reading on data carriers demand high reliability as otherwise data can get lost. NTFS4DOS communicates directly with the data system. Therefore, the solution is absolutely reliable and of high performance” explains Gernot Hacker, Chief Operating Officer of Avira. NTFS4DOS grants fast access and high data performance. “The Avira solution doesn’t affect Microsoft’s terms of license in any way”, explains Hacker: “The software doesn’t save Windows components on the boot disk and it doesn’t delete Windows from the original computer.

Avira NTFS4DOS Personal is available for the private, non-commercial use. Both the software and the documentation can be found here: The version for commercial use is called Avira NTFS4DOS Premium and it can be bought now for approximately 20 euro in our online shop. Along with the solutions UnErase, WebProtector, DriveNet and CIA Commander, NTFS4DOS is one of the new tools from the recovery family of Avira.

About Avira

Avira is a worldwide leading supplier of self-developed security solutions for professional and private use. With more than twenty years of experience, the company is one of the pioneers in this field.

The security expert has several locations in Germany and partnerships in Europe, Asia and America. At its headquarters in Tettnang near Lake Constance, Avira is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 180 employees. Worldwide more than 250 persons are employed and their work regularly wins awards. Avira AntiVir Personal, used by millions of private users, represents a significant contribution to security.

Avira’s national and international customers include renowned corporations listed on the stock exchange but also educational institutions and public authorities. In addition to protection of the virtual environment, Avira also provides for more protection and security in the real world by supporting the Auerbach Foundation. Established by the founder of the company, the Auerbach Foundation promotes charitable and social projects as well as the arts, culture and science.

Company Contact:

Adela Kohl/Gernot Hacker
Lindauer Str. 21
D-88069 Tettnang
Telefon: +49 (0) 7542-500 0
Telefax: +49 (0) 7542-525 10

Press contact:

Jacklin Montag
Baierbrunner Strasse 15
D-81379 München
Tel.: +49 (0) 89-17 30 19 19
Telefax: +49 (0) 89 1730 19 99

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit