bootable CD ROM


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mdooly

I am having trouble with making a bootable cd that will
allow me to install files. I used Nero to create my cd,
used a floppy for the boot info as Nero wanted. Now when
I boot with the cd I lose my c drive, and I cannot see
all of the files on the cd.

What am I missing here, shouldn't I be able to see the
entire cd?

I used a windows 98 startup disk to create the bootable
cd, what should I be using instead?

thank you in advance
mdooly
 
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|I am having trouble with making a bootable cd that will
| allow me to install files. I used Nero to create my cd,
| used a floppy for the boot info as Nero wanted. Now when
| I boot with the cd I lose my c drive, and I cannot see
| all of the files on the cd.
|
| What am I missing here, shouldn't I be able to see the
| entire cd?
|
| I used a windows 98 startup disk to create the bootable
| cd, what should I be using instead?
|
| thank you in advance
| mdooly
 
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Shenan Stanley

mdooly said:
I am having trouble with making a bootable cd that will
allow me to install files. I used Nero to create my cd,
used a floppy for the boot info as Nero wanted. Now when
I boot with the cd I lose my c drive, and I cannot see
all of the files on the cd.

What am I missing here, shouldn't I be able to see the
entire cd?

I used a windows 98 startup disk to create the bootable
cd, what should I be using instead?
The "boot" section of your bootable CD will be hidden. You can add all the
external files you need, including some that the bootable part of the CD
will access/run/etc. However, the actual boot files will not be seen and
you will not know the CD is bootable beyond your own knowledge it is and the
fact that something is written to the CD is obvious.

Also, you realize that if you are using the NTFS file system, unless you
boot with something able to navigate it, you will not be able to see your
C:\ drive contents (or any other drive formatted with NTFS.) DOS, Windows
9X/ME boot diskettes will NOT allow you to navigate NTFS partitions (when
you create a bootable diskette with Windows XP - it is Windows Millenium
(ME).) That requires special tools.

Also note that that Windows XP CD is bootable and allows you to navigate
Windows XP NTFS (and Windows 2000/NT NTFS partitions) quite well. You can
find out more on how to make a custome Windows XP installation CD here:
http://unattended.msfn.org/
 

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