I would like to install Solaris x86 on my computer. I don't have a compatible CD-ROM (IDE/SCSI) but I do have TONS of disk space. I would like to try copying the CD-ROM onto a hard disk, and then booting up with the install floppy, and loading the install software from the hard disk the CD-ROM was copied to. The trouble is, I don't know how to make the proper filesystem on my (IDE) hard disk. I have tried dd'ing from the CD-ROM device onto the hard disk, and the boot floppy was able to load the kernel (at least the boot sector maybe) from the hard disk, but then it crashed.
I have DOS/Win3.1, Win95, OS/2, Linux, and FreeBSD at my disposal. If anyone knows of any utility I can use to make a Solaris x86 filesystem on my hard disk and then copy the CD-ROM contents to it, I would be very grateful.