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  • How to create a bootable floppy disk for an NTFS or FAT partition in Windows XP

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 admin 1 comment

    Create a boot floppy disk by using a Windows XP-based computer

    1. Format a floppy disk by using the Windows XP format utility. To do this follow these steps:

    a.      Insert the floppy disk that you want to use into the floppy disk drive.

    b.      Click Start, click Run, type format a:, and then click OK.

    1. Copy the Ntldr and the files from the I386 folder on the Windows XP installation CD-ROM, from the Windows XP installation floppy disk, or from a computer that is running the same version of Windows XP as the computer that you want to access by using the boot floppy disk. To do this, follow these steps:

     .      Insert the Windows XP installation media into the disk drive of the computer.

    a.      Click Start, click Run, type <DriveLetter>:\I386, and then click OK.

    Note<DriveLetter> represents the root location of the installation media.

    b.      Right-click the Ntldr file, and then click Copy.

    c.      Click Start, click Run, type a:, and then click OK.

    d.      Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste.

    e.      Repeat steps 2b through 2e for the file.

    1. Create a Boot.ini file, or copy one from a computer that is running Windows XP, and then modify the Boot.ini file to match the computer that you are trying to access. The following example lists how to create a Boot.ini file for a single-partition Integrated Device Electronics drive that has Windows XP installed in the \Windows folder:

     .      Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.

    a.      Type the following text:

    b.                       [boot loader]

    c.                       timeout=30

    d.                       Default= multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows

    e.                       [operating systems]

    f.                       multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows=”<OperatingSystem>

    Note The value that is represented by the <OperatingSystem> placeholder depends on the configuration of the Windows XP computer that you are trying to access. For example, if you are trying to start a Windows XP Professional computer, this value is as follows:

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    g.      Click the File menu, and then click Save As.

    h.      Select 3 ½ Floppy (A:) from the Save in drop-down list, type Boot.ini in the File name text box, and then click Save.

    Note If your computer starts from a SCSI hard disk drive, you may have to replace the multi(0) entry with scsi(0). If you are using scsi(x) in the Boot.ini file, copy the correct device driver for the SCSI controller that is used on the computer to the root of the boot disk, and then rename the device driver to Ntbootdd.sys. Change the disk(0) number to represent the SCSI-ID of the hard disk drive you want to start. If you are using multi(x) in the Boot.ini file, you do not have to change the code in the Boot.ini file.

    1. Insert the floppy disk into the floppy disk drive of your computer, and then restart Windows XP.


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