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I need to Make NTBOOTDD.SYS

By uru_98 ·
NTBOOTDD.SYS is located in the root dir of the OS if you boot to a SCSI drive. It is the driver for the drive. It is needed to make a boot disk. My problem is that my primary drive is an IDE drive. The IDE drive is mirrored with the SCSI drive. There is no NTBOOTDD.SYS for my SCSI because NT does not boot to it. If the IDE fails and I want to boot to the SCSI I can't.

I called the company and they said it does not provide the driver. How do I make the NTBOOTDD.SYS, or where can I get the driver. I tried all of the driver websites but no luck.

The SCSI drive is a Fujitsu, model#M2949E-512

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by DLe In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

This will depends on what kind of SCSI controller you are attaching the Fujitsu hard drive to.

You will not need the NTBOOTDD.SYS unless your controller is really old and does not have onboard BIOS, or for some reasons the onboard BIOS was disabled.

One way to test is to install NT with only the SCSI drive and its controller installed. If NT really needs the NTBOOTDD.SYS file, it will install it on the system partition.

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by uru_98 In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

Good answer.. I didn't understand it at first but know I get it... It is similar to what MSGTRAY suggested.. thanks

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by pgallett In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

No problem. You have to edit your boot.ini file (first remove the attributes, after you edit, replace them).

You DO need to know ARC naming convention syntax, or ask someone who knows to help you, in order to point the boot loader to your SCSI drive.

The first entry in your boot.ini path to your newly-bootable SCSI device would begin with:

"SCSI" only if you have the SCSI device's onboard BIOS disabled, in any and every other instance it would remain "MULTI".

Next, supply the number of the hardward controller that you are using (0, 1, etc.)

The next element in the path, "Disk", indicates the number of the SCSI BUS that the hard drive is on, (probably 0 in your case), but it is used ONLY in the event your SCSI's onboard controller is disabled or not present. Otherwise the value for "disk" is always 0.

The next element in the boot.ini path to your bootable SCSI drive is "rdisk". This is used only in the event you are booting an ATA-IDE drive, which you are not, so this will be left at 0.

So the next element in you path will be "partition" which is always 1 if you are booting from the first partition on your SCSI, 2 if your operating system is on the second partition, 3 if your operating system is on your SCSI's third drive, und so weiter.

Finally, and at long last, now that we've found your operating system's partition on your SCSI, you need to declare the path to the actual files. By default, this would be \WINNT.

Now for the upshot of the wholematter. Based on what I know of your system, I would think your boot.ini default operating system line should read something very close to:

SCSI(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.0"

For a pretty good explanation on the ARC naming convention, check out "NT Workstation 4 Study Guide" published by Sybex, page 552

Hope this helps. Good Luck!

P. A. Gallett, MCSE

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by uru_98 In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

Thanks for the effort but I know about the ARC naming convention.. I'm sorry if I didn't make my qustion clear. The other two guys got it right.

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by msgtray In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

There is nothing on your SCSI drive that is critical until you have an IDE failure, so this is the simple fix to your problem;

Copy your existing Boot.ini file to a floppy or safe name (i.e. boot.sav) Break your mirror. Delete the partition on the SCSI drive. Leave the IDE as the active bootable disk, and install a second basic NT install onto the SCSI drive. Delete the partition on the SCSI drive and restore your mirror configuration (and optionally your boot.ini configuration).

Result: A boot.ini file that contains the correct and tested ARC command to boot from the IDE and SCSI drive. An installed and tested NTBOOTDD.SYS file on your system partition.

What you are doing here is simply pre-configuring your system to run NT from the SCSI drive. The NT install will do everything automatically. I would recommend creating a bootable floppy and copying the startup files (for the scsi drive) to it for an "Emergency Boot Disk". You will probably want to restore your original boot.ini file, but don't loose the information contained in the new one.

I could set this up manually, but I wouldn't (unless I didn't have the foresight to do what you are doing, getting things working in advance of a failure).

Ray

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by uru_98 In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

Thanks for the help... This answer was the clearest and helped out the most to understand what Dle wanted to say.

Plan A: Take out IDE. Try booting it without the NTBOOTDD.SYS file. If it doesn't work...
Plan B: Leave IDE out. Wipe the SCSIand install NT. Get the NTBOOTDD.SYS file that NT puts in.

Thanks again.

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by uru_98 In reply to I need to Make NTBOOTDD.S ...

Hey Guys,

Thanks for all of the Help and pointing me in the right direction. MSGTRAY hit the nail on the head.

Thanks for the help again

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