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DOS bootable cd

By jesposi ·
Can a cd be made to boot dos? I know the BIOS has to be set to boot from cd but how do you make the cd bootable? What files need to be on the cd?

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by sweichenthal In reply to DOS bootable cd

Depending on the type of software you use, you should be able to format your CD. In essence this will make your CD like a giant blank floppy. My next suggestion would be to put a blank floppy into your floppy drive and drop into a DOS box. I would then type SYS a: which would make a bootable floppy. Then copy all the files from your bootable floppy to your CD and give it a shot.

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by Sheryl V In reply to DOS bootable cd

With your CD writer in them mode that allows you to use it in Explorer & copy and paste files, you could try opening a dos prompt and typing "sys e:" (where e = writable cdRom Drive)

Other wise you have to use the "attrib" command to remove the attributes of hidden files on your C drive The main files are io.sys, msdos.sys, command.com which are all hidden & will not copy from a dos prompt with out using "attrib" for more info on "attrib" at a dos prompt type "attrib /?"
Good luck, I haven't tried it but I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to DOS bootable cd

Not to fault the above, but I doubt what is described will work. My advice is to get Adaptec's Easy CD Creator software and use it to make bootable CDs. Contrary to the above, you cannot SYS a CD. You need a bootable floppy (or the files in a certain location) and the right format for a bootable CD. Most burner software can handle this - search for BOOTABLE CD in the help options of your software.

Good luck!!

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by kilikini In reply to DOS bootable cd

I agree with Bill. Most of the time when you burn a CD, the files have "read-only" attributes. In other words, you can not run them from a hard drive unless you change those properties. It's much easier to just boot from a floppy.

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