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Redfiveuk 04-07-2004 08:54 AM

Making a Backup Boot disc
Hi All,
I did search for this and was surprised not to find it, I may well be missing the point. When I installed RH9.1 during the gui install it prompts me to make a emergency boot disc in case my OS wont boot. At the time I did not want to as I was in a rush and had no floppy disc handy, but now for backup purpsoses I would like to make one. I have sanned my RH 9 OS and I cant see how to create this floppy disc could anyone give me a pointer on how to do this. Just to reitterate I am trying to create the backup boot disc in case lilo fails or becomes corrputed I am not trying to create a CD rom boot disk.


PS my RH9 install including samba server makes a terrific file server for 20 win2k users on a old low spec PC with a new HD slammed in it.

PII 350Mhz
256Mb Ram
40 Gb HD

profjohn 04-07-2004 10:12 AM

Use the command (as root):

#mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 2.2.14

for all the info on the mkbootdisk command, type in man mkbootdisk

Redfiveuk 04-08-2004 04:59 AM

Kernel Version ?
Thx for the prompt response, without rebooting (this is now the company file server) is there a way I can tell what version the kernel is running at.


ugge 04-08-2004 06:16 AM

Run uname -a

Redfiveuk 04-08-2004 08:54 AM

Thx to all you have been very helpful
Thx to all, this is the best forum I have ever used what a great bunch of people.

Created my boot disc after using the 'uname -a' at the command prompt at the root, next using the command 'mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 2.4.20-30.9' my boot disc was created.

lucktsm 05-08-2004 11:53 PM

Hey all,

I have the same set up and am trying to make a boot iso image, because the machine has not cd writer. Can anyone add to this?


Redfiveuk 05-11-2004 05:46 AM

the above instructions will make you a boot disc on a floppy drive.

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