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Blake 01-27-03 10:23 PM

Booting to DOS w/o Floppy
 
Hey there. I tried finding some way to make a bootable CD and found this:

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

But it didn't work. I was wondering if anyone had any good bootable CD instructions that work that would allow me to boot to DOS so I can FDISK a new Hard Drive I have.

I can only format w/NTFS through XP and the Max-Blast software on the CD they gave me isn't bootable (you have to use the floppy to boot and then use the CD) and I have no floppy drive.

Any suggestions? THANKS! :)

Blake 01-27-03 10:29 PM

Some more info - I'm running XP and I tried booting with the XP install disk, but you can't get to DOS with it. I have a Win2k disc I could try booting with, but not sure if that will work. I need to format this disc soon and copy over the contents of my current disc because I think it's going to die quite soon. :)

zuffy 01-27-03 10:34 PM

What I do is make a Windows 98 bootdisk. Using Nero, I select the bootable CD option. It will emulate whatever is in the floppy disk. Also, I have copy of the DOS version of Partition Magic and Ghost.

X 01-27-03 11:50 PM

If you have Ghost you can make a bootable CD.

Blake 01-28-03 12:46 AM

Since the floppy doesn't work, I can't make the bootable CD with Nero. I'll look for a trial version of Ghost or something...

Blake 01-28-03 12:25 PM

Just a quick bump...before I go to fry's and buy a new floppy.

X 01-28-03 12:35 PM

I don't know for sure, I haven't tried this. But can you download a boot image from http://www.bootdisk.com and use that for Nero instead an actual floppy? I believe Ghost lets you replace its built-in PC-DOS with another flavor that way.

Do you have a Win98 CD? You can boot off it and exit to DOS before you tell it to start the install.

How about the trial of Ghost?

goLUCKY 01-28-03 04:05 PM

I have a windows 2000 hack cd. It boots to linux, and hacks the Administrator password, but I guess that's not what your looking for. :D

goLUCKY 01-28-03 04:09 PM

On a side note, you could leave your current drive and add the new one as a secondary drive. You can format the secondary drive from within windows. Fat/Fat32/NTFS are the formating options within Windows 2000.

Blake 01-28-03 06:26 PM


Originally posted by goLUCKY
On a side note, you could leave your current drive and add the new one as a secondary drive. You can format the secondary drive from within windows. Fat/Fat32/NTFS are the formating options within Windows 2000.
Yeah - unfortunately, XP only allows me to format NTFS and I want FAT32.


I don't know for sure, I haven't tried this. But can you download a boot image from http://www.bootdisk.com and use that for Nero instead an actual floppy? I believe Ghost lets you replace its built-in PC-DOS with another flavor that way.

Do you have a Win98 CD? You can boot off it and exit to DOS before you tell it to start the install.
I tried that first option and the CD wouldn't boot for some reason. I'll try booting with a Win98 disk.


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