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dheroan 10-10-2006 08:54 PM

Creating a Rescue Disk in Red Hat 4
I was looking to create a rescue disk set to be used for Red Hat 4 if the system fails to boot from the hard drive. I'm completely new to Linux and am using the GNOME GUI. I know there's a rescue mode, but for a class exercise we were asked specifically to create disks.

I've read countless tutorials and from what I've seen, you're supposed to mount the first installation CD and in the Images directory there should be rescue.img and bootdisk.img. Then all you have to do is copy each one onto its own floppy.

However, when I looked at the Images directory on my installation CD, there was nothing like that in there and nothing that could even come close to fitting on a floppy.

I looked for anywhere that might allow me to download these images, but was unsuccessful.

I could really use some help on this if anyone has any ideas.

rkelsen 10-10-2006 09:08 PM


Originally Posted by dheroan
for a class exercise we were asked specifically to create disks.

Asking for help with homework isn't allowed here.

That's cheating. :tisk:

dheroan 10-10-2006 09:22 PM


Isn't it obvious that I've done all the research already and something else is the problem? I've spent hours on this already and take quite an offense at being patronised and accused of 'cheating'. Posting on a forum was my very last resort.

I'm not asking that someone tell me precisely how to do it and write me six pages of documentation. Just any sort of indication as to what I might be doing wrong and maybe a pointer or something.

I've looked at dozens of procedures and they all say the same thing. That you need those image files (bootdisk.img and rescue.img). I can't find them anywhere on the installation CD.

For the boot disk part, I also tried (at the command prompt);

mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 2.6.9-42.EL

But it produced write errors, saying that there was 'no space left on the device', when the procedures I read said that it should be able to fit on a formatted floppy. And once again, that still doesn't solve the rescue disk part.

So here I am, at my wit's end, asking for any sort of advice available.

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