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DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Anyone know of a freeware utility that can create a DOS bootable disk from a pure NT machine (no dual boot)? I realize that the vast majority of DOS drivers will still run under DOS 7.0 which I can create from any Win95 machine but it would be mre convenient if I could do it from my desktop.

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Using Windows NT
Format a diskette under NT 4.0 NOT ON WINDOWS 95
Copy NTDETECT.COM, NTLDR and BOOT.INI onto the diskette *

John Vogel

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Note : For SCSI Controller without a SCSI BIOS, you'll need to copy NTBOOTDD.SYS onto the diskette too

John Vogel

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Hey, after I wrote that, I found this online at http://computingcentral.msn.com/topics/windowsnt/bootdisk.asp

Much better instructions (it also says to copy BOOTSECT.DOS, don't know why, but hey! :) Hope this helps you.

To create a Windows NT boot disk, simply follow these few instructions:

The first thing you need to do is to format a floppy disk for use. You must do the format from a Windows NT installation, formatting a floppy from Windows or DOS will not work for this purpose.
Ensure that you have configured Windows NT Explorer to be able to view hidden and system files.
Now copy the following files from the root of your boot drive to the floppy disk:

John Vogel

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Isn't that going to create a NT boot floppy that will boot NT from the hard disk on machines with similar configurations to the one I create it from? I believe that if I took that disk to a Win95 machine it wouldn't boot. I've seen instructions similar to those for variations on Emergency Recovery disks.

don't necessarily care if I can even access the hard disk. I'm interested in a stand-alone boot floppy. One example would be to make copies of the DOS floppy containing the NSTL Y2K test I carry around to machines I haven't verified yet.

Thinking out loud, I wonder if it wouldn't be possible to clone a bootable floppy with Ghost or something similar. If it can do a hard disk it should be able to do a floppy. Thoughts anyone?

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

NT emulates DOS. It is not possible to create a DOS boot disk from NT. Win9x in DOS mode will create a DOS 7 boot diskette. If you want a DOS boot pre-DOS 7, you will have to find a Win3.x or a DOS box.

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Wayne - understood. Just to focus on my cloning idea, does anyone know if Ghost can clone an existing DOS bootable floppy? Diskcopy would work of course, but the master would eventually wear out. A server stored image would obviously be better.

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Don't know if Ghost will work on a floppy. I used to have a utility that would read a floppy disk and create a binary file which could be emailed (or stored on disk). Used it to store driver disks, setup disks, ... in Notes db for retrieval by admins.

If I can find it again, I will get back with you. It was a freeware utility and may have been one of the old old PC mag utilities. I think it was f2disk (??? )


RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

i'm with jsauce, Use winImage, painless, and you don't have to hoark around...

Jim Collin
Collin Technologies
Consumer Technology Integration

RE: DOS Bootable Floppy from NT

Found it on Hotfiles. Looks like the ticket. Thanks guys.

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