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286 boot disk

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Last Modified: 2008-03-10
where can I download a bootdisk for a 286 system?
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Hi cbc68;

To help you out we will need some more info.

What is your operating system (e.g. DOS)?

What version is the OS?


You can use any boot disk to boot up your 286, simply type:
"sys a:" or "format a: /s" (assuming A: is the driver) and you´ll have your boot disk. The only problem you might find, is if the floppy drive in the 286 is the first version of the 5 1/4 or 3 1/2, but that can be solved by adding other parameters to the formatting command. Try it and let us know if it worked.

Friend Astor: "The only problem you might find, is if the floppy drive in the 286 is the first version of the 5 1/4 or 3 1/2".

That's not a problem at all; if driver is well defined at BIOS, a SYS A: or FORMAT A: /S command works OK, no matter what floppy you have connected to the machine.

vikiing any 3 1/2 drive might be able to read any 3 1/2 inch disks but on a 286 (depending on the BIOS) it might not have the 3 1/2 1.2 kb option but only the 360 kb option. But yes it will provably read the same.


To: Astor and Vikiing
How do I enter info when there is no prompt, because I do not have a boot disk to get a prompt??????
My question is where to get boot disk? Not how to make one.

You MAKE bootable disks or you buy operating systems or you take dudleyf last comment for a free one (which you did).
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