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How to create a DOS boot disk

I'm on an island surrounded by NT4.0 machines. I need to upgrade the firmware on my adaptec card (for example) that requires a DOS boot disk in order to work (the command prompt on NT is not good enough).

How can a I create a DOS boot disk on NT 4.0 ???

Ohh... the island has internet access so that I can download some help. The beaches are also quite nice

regards
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madoc
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frankaCommented:
There is no chance with only NT4.

try http://www.lineo.com/download/dr703.exe

for a free for private use DOS!

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bmtechCommented:
At the risk of spoiling the view, I dont think you can produce a DOS boot disk from NT. It isnt DOS based, so... it has no need of a DOS disk, (besides DOS doesnt speak NTFS :))

Dont you have a 95/98 machine about your island? That would do the trick. It wont care a pair of coconuts that its an NT machine, prodviding you dont want to read the Hard disk.

In the meantime enjoy the sun.
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vdmjorisCommented:
There are several utilities that can do this for you ("Winimage " just to name one).

You can also do this manually:
format a disk; copy msdos.sys, io.sys, command.com, autoexec.bat and config.sys on it. As for autoexec and config.sys: be careful what is defined in it: if you have any doubts simply delete the commands in them and only enter "@echo off" in it. (It can NOT BE EMPTY as NT will delete it then)

You should also think about you want to do: If you want to use your cd-rom it's best you have the driver on it. Also the keyb.sys can come in pretty handy (if you dont work with qwerty that is)

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vdmjorisCommented:
As for bmtech's comment:

you will be able to install from other diskettes if thats what you want to do.
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Handy HolderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
There's also an option to create a network client floppy built onto the NT CD itself, If this isn't a dos boot floppy (with lanmanager also and some network drivers) then I don't know what is.
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madocAuthor Commented:
No Win95 or DOS machines on the island.

I have created said floopy with msdos.sys, io.sys, command.com, drvspace.bin on it.

Hmmm..now it has some sort of NTLDR problem. I think I need a Boot.ini to sort this out....
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Handy HolderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
There is a way;
 
What you need is someone with a Unix box and a DOS boot floppy, they can dd the raw dos floppy (which will include the boottrack) onto a file and email you that file.
Then you can get DD.EXE from http://soldc.sun.com/support/drivers/tools/ which runs on NT to copy the file back to an NT formatted floppy overwriting the NT boottrack.
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sweatbeastCommented:
can some one not just mail you a copy of a disk cloning utitlity such as diskmaker and a disk file of dos??
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madocAuthor Commented:
I have been able t locate a utility on both the freedos and Intel site that both generate a disk from within NT.

After a fair amount of searching, I am convinced that this maybe the easiest solution.
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frankaCommented:
You´re right: there IS a tool to create a DOS bootdisk:

Included on the Windows compact disc is a utility named NTHQ, which will obtain all of the above information in text format. This utility is located in the

Support\Hqtool

directory.

To use the NTHQ utility:
 1.      Go to the <CD=ROM drive>\Support\Hqtool directory.
 2.      Insert a floppy disk in drive A.
 3.      Run the MAKEDISK utility.
 4.      With the disk in the drive, restart the computer.

Content of floppy:
 
31.05.94  06:22                 40.774 IO.SYS
31.05.94  06:22                 38.138 MSDOS.SYS
31.05.94  06:22                 54.645 COMMAND.COM
18.07.96  17:53              1.061.117 ZIPFILE.EXE
23.02.96  13:53         <DIR>          DOS
09.04.96  15:53                     94 CONFIG.SYS
23.02.96  14:55                  1.437 SETRAMD.BAT
19.04.96  09:05                    813 Autoexec.bat
               6 Datei(en)      1.118.106 Bytes
                                 71.168 Bytes frei


You may want to edit the autoexec.bat before...
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madocAuthor Commented:
That's it !!!.

madoc

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