Need a bootable CD-DVD for your It Tool Box?
You have seen them, your installation cd
will start your computer. So how do you make a custom one to start your
(Note: read the entire procedure before you start!)
Create a Bootable CD-DVD instructions:
Well you need to have some items besides the blank cd/dvd.
1. A CD or DVD drive that will write to a
A software program that will create bootable disks
3. A bootable floppy (or a bootable
virtual floppy...) with the files
you want to have on the boot section of the CD/DVD
"Ok, I have all the materials what next?"
Now the files are saved on the floppy. Start your CD\DVD writing program,
put your disk in the drive. You may have to use the help file for the software
program to find the correct procedure to create your boot CD/DVD. (Because this
is a new process for you I would suggest you get a
ReWritable CD/DVD, if you
make a mistake you can erase it and start again!)
Note: With Vista and newer
Operating Systems (Windows 7 and 8 also) the older file systems on bootable
disks such as ERD Commander and BartPE bootable CD will corrupt the file
system if used. This is due to the way the newer file systems work, you stand a
large chance of corrupting a drive if you do any file maintenance with an older
file system. Thus creating more problems than you
will fix. You need a newer ERD to keep this from happening.
Do you know how to make a custom Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) for yourself?
Check this out.
This is how
Roxio makes a bootable CD-DVD:
Under File, select New Project then Bootable Disk, you will need a blank CD/DVD and a bootable floppy.
Insert the cd and floppy.
Select - Bootable Disk, at this point you will
chose the type of boot disk type.
Select - Floppy Disk Emulation (1.44 MB),
Select - Generate Image from Floppy
(my version allows you to save the bootimg.bin file for creating a bootable cd in
If your computer does not
have a physical floppy drive you will need to use a computer with a floppy drive
or use a virtual floppy drive as explained
You will find more information on bootable
CD/DVD's in the
Self Computer Repair Unleashed! 2nd Edition E-Book. Self Computer Repair Unleashed! 2nd Edition
The program will read the floppy, the next step is to burn the cd, if you
have supporting files you want on the cd you can now add them under the two
files that the software has created.
In case I have confused you any files that
you add to the cd that are not on the floppy will show up on the drive that the
CD/DVD drivers load, it could be C: or D: drive if you have not changed the
drive letter designation in the Autoexec.bat file by adding this parameter to
the MSCDEX.EXE line:
/L:E this will make the CD/DVD drive
Already? Burn it!
Now test it, nothing like making a cd then needing to use it and it has an
Or you could use a
commercial disk like
ERD Commander or
and save your self a lot of work and hassle.