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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by zimbo, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. zimbo
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    I just realise something.. i deleted all my sotware Dell provided for me to create a restore cd! :biggrin BUT i got the i386 folder and the drivers folder in my C:

    so heres my problem.. i want to put those onto DVD so in the event something happens (touch wood) and i need to reinstall Windows - what can i do to make this DVD bootable so i can open the i386 folder and start setup? Forget floppy drives and booting to a Win 98 floppy! :D

    Surely this can be done?

    edit: typos! - still doing assesments!
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Well you would need to make a bootable CD using something like the procedure mentioned here..

    http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm

    But also include on it the i386 folder.

    Boot from the CD, browse to the i386 folder and run WINNT.exe

    I haven't tried it but I can't think of any reasons why it wouldn't work.
     
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  3. zimbo
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    i did that before posting - made a bootable cd using ner i just got to test it! Thanks anyway! :biggrin
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Did it work? :rolleyes:
     
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  5. zimbo
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    it boots alright to the prompt... i navigate to the i386 and start winnt but then setup comes up with an internal error. Setup starts fine in Windows from the winnt32 so im guessing something may have happened during the burning process.

    The exact error was it couldnt find swap space? :blink
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    Is the drive NTFS? If so, in a real situation you might need to format the drive with FAT32 first, copy the i386 folder from the CD, over to the HDD and kick the install off from there.

    As I said, I haven't tried it but where there is a will, there is a way :biggrin
     
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  7. nugget
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    You could also try ringing Dell and get them to send out the necessary disks. I've had to do that twice now and they've arrived the next day.
     
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