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Windows NT/2000/XP Boot Disk

Discussion in 'A+' started by Professor-Falken, May 31, 2007.

  1. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

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    If I create a bootable disk in Windows XP using My Computer
    does it format the floppy with the NTFS 5.0 file system?
    Also what files are required for boot on an Windows XP formatted boot disk?

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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    No - it uses the same version of FAT that has always been used.

    To just 'boot' all you need are the usual things that are automaticaly put on such a disk - i.e. you are creating an MSDOS boot disk.

    If you want to boot/install XP that is entirely a different thing.

    EDIT: See here for info on this - you need 6 floppies for this!

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  3. tripwire45
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    A couple of things to consider...with floppy drives going the way of the dodo bird, some computers would have about as much use for a floppy diskette as a fish would have with a bicycle. Consider options that include booting from a CD/DVD and flash drive.
     
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  4. Tinus1959

    Tinus1959 Gigabyte Poster

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    If you format a floppy under XP it will format with fat12 as usual. But there is no switch (as in DOS) to format /system.
    You don't neet to. Just copy the files ntldr, ntdetect and boot.ini to the disk.
    It wil start.
     
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  5. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

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    Great Advice thanks guys

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