February 22nd, 2004, 07:27 PM
Bootable hard drive
How do i make a hard drive bootable. Boot to command promt i mean.
February 22nd, 2004, 09:14 PM
February 22nd, 2004, 09:16 PM
That command is no good as the drive is already formated.
February 22nd, 2004, 09:19 PM
All HDDs are bootable. What is it you are trying to achieve? Multiple booting?
A few more details would help...............you can even boot an OS from a CD..............?
February 22nd, 2004, 10:29 PM
Ok ill be as clear as i can. I have a hard drive with win98 cabs on it and i want to make the drive boot to command promt without the use of a disk. which files do i have to put on the hard drive to make it boot like a floppy does?
February 22nd, 2004, 10:49 PM
I am probably a bit thick here?
Do you have another OS to boot from?
The CAB files are the OS load compressed files.
If you load an OS to your HDD it will boot from that just like your floppy
If you have another Windows OS, then you will have problems, because they don't sleep well together
February 22nd, 2004, 11:23 PM
No i do not have another O/S just cabs files
February 23rd, 2004, 12:54 AM
You might want to try this
Open the file C:\MSDOS.SYS with a text editor, like notepad.
You'll probably have to remove the Read-only, System, and Hidden attributes of the file before editing it.
Find the line that reads BootGUI=1, and change it to BootGUI=0.
Save the file and reboot your computer. Type Win to start Windows.
February 23rd, 2004, 03:28 PM
To copy system file to media, the command is
This will turn the A: drive bootable, just change a: to c: for hard drive.
February 23rd, 2004, 10:50 PM
Assuming that your drive is formatted FAT32 or FAT16,
you need to get a bootable floppy disk. The best way
is if you have a WIN98 machine available. Go to
Start-->Control Panel-->Add/Remove programs--> Startup Disk.
Boot from the resulting floppy disk and issue the command
SYS C: <enter>
This will make the hard drive bootable to a command prompt.
If you want additional functionality, copy the files (from a WIN98 system)
from C:\windows\command and put them on your hard drive. These are most of the
I don't think it will work if the drive is NTFS formatted. This is not the same as the
command prompt you get in Windows NT, 2000, or XP. It lacks their advanced
features, since they run in the windows OS and have access to networking etc.
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