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Old 04-08-2010, 05:33 PM   #1
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Question How can I make a Customised Bootable CD.


I have a very usefull Floppy Disk, when I boot from it, it boots into a Windows 95 menu, the initial screen has various options including an option to press shift + F5, when this is done it shows the command prompt A:\. I have added various utilities to the floppy myself ie- fdisk, format, chkdisk, efdisk, xcopy, an early Norton Ghost, etc, etc. So I can partition a new hard disk, format it, delete partitions, ghost a disk, etc, etc, very handy. But floppies are becoming obsolete.
I have tried burning the contents of this floppy to a CD, but I can't boot from this CD. I have tried various bootable CD programs from the net, including Ultimate Boot CD, but none of them work very well.
I would like to make a bootable CD that will simply boot any computer with either a --new blank, unpartitioned, unformatted Hard Disk -- a hard disk with Windows, -- a hard disk with a Linux Distro, etc. When booting from this CD, it will boot to a command prompt, enabling me to start any program that I have added to the CD myself, ie fdisk, format, etc, etc.
I would appreciate any info on how to do this, I have tried the net but no luck. Thanks.

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Old 04-08-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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OK

errr...I can suggest many different things

It seems like you just want a CLI-only rescue cd?

Why didnt Ultimate bootcd workout?

Please outline exactly what you want?
 
Old 04-08-2010, 08:17 PM   #3
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I took the contents of the floppy a burned it as track one. I used to do that a lot. I used BeOS to cat /dev/disk/floppy/raw > image.img. Then burn image.img to track one. Most newer systems would work. Linux syntax is a bit different. dd should work then same. Then you can put what you want on track two in the way of apps. There used to be some how to's on el torito disks and how others put a lot of apps on one. Thought the how to was on ultimate boot cd.


Might look at ultimate boot cd or system rescue cd.


If you want to take it one step further you can get a great BartsPE cd or UBCD4Win or VistaPE or even create your own from the windows site and make a real XP PE.

See also Barts Network floppy. While it isn't supported anymore it still works great.


Saying all that, I know that no cd can boot all computers and support all systems. The best may be simply a modern linux distro like Mint 8.

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Old 04-09-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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Thanks people,

linus - Ultimate boot CD, it booted OK but a lot of the programs did not work, on loading they seem to halt with an error msg regarding memory stack, I then had to reboot. As I said above - I would like to make a bootable CD that will simply boot any or most computers with either, a --new blank, unpartitioned, unformatted Hard Disk -- a hard disk with Windows, -- a hard disk with a Linux Distro, etc. When booting from this CD, it will boot to a command prompt, enabling me to start any program that I have added to the CD myself, ie fdisk, format, etc, etc.
So - exactly I would like a CD that will boot to a command prompt or a menu, so that then I can start any utility that I have added to the CD & that I wish to use ie fdisk.

jefro - I will try your suggestions.

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