Howto make a bootable DVD

I am running a fairly new computer with a new installation of XP w/ SP 1a.  I have a new NEC DVD_RW-1300A drive and several Imation DVD+RW rewritable discs.  I want to make a bootable DVD and include 2.4 Gb which is the OS, etc.  I can of course burn the entire HD to the DVD, with Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.0 but it doesn't boot.

Having such a disc will allow me to restore my entire HD to a new one in case I need to, and as I add programs and data to the HD, I should be able to erase the DVD disc and recreate it from time to time.  

Can you help me?  Google doesn't seem to find anything much, and Roxio's website is not particularly helpful.  Thanks.

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Hi jbfstplk,
YOu need to use a cloning program like symantec ghost

Actually you need one of these

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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick responses.  But the only reference to DVDs was:
"Argentum Backup can't back up directly to CD and DVD burners."  
Moreover, my Ghost 7.5 does not deal with DVDs.  

My ultimate wish is to have a bootable DVD disc which would format a new HD and move the entire contents of the old HD to the new one intact.  Is this asking too much?
I think you need take another look at those link Acronis TrueImage supports DVD's
So does Ghost and most of the rest of them
Why don't you use a spare hard drive and clone to it. That is what I do. So if the main disk goes out I pull that disk out and make the cloned disk the primaray disk and I booting back into XP in less than 5 minutes.
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:

I find on the Acronis TrueImage page:

"Supported storage devices (disk image destinations):

    * hard disk drives
    * network drives
    * CD-R(W)
    * DVD-R(W), DVD+R(W)*
    * ZIP®, Jazz® and other removable media
    * IDE, SCSI, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), USB 1.0 / 2.0, PC card storage devices.

* — requires third-party DVD recording software installed."

Well, I already have Roxio, as noted.  Shouldn't it work too?  Yes, and Ghost is a great program, but this is all beside the point I've asked about.  Doesn't anyone know about DVD burners and their use?  
>>>I already have Roxio. Shouldn't it work too?

In conjunction with Acronis TrueImage yes is should work.
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Windows XP requires 3rd party software to be able to Burn a DVD, but it can Read a Data DVD natively.  But I have never seen anyone use a DVD ghost image for system recovery, so  am not too sure if it would even work.

The Hard Drive image that Crazy mentioned is the best and fastest.  If you do not want to ghost the image to another hard drive, and want to use the DVD solution, I would create an ASR (Automated System Recovery) disk (advanced Ntbackup) and then backup all my data to a folder, burn the data to the DVD and use a combination of ASR, Windows Media CD, and DVD to bring your system back from the dead.

jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
I think what Fatal is saying may be right, that I can't do what I want to do, that is boot from a DVD and copy the contents of a hard drive onto a new one.  But I bet I can create an image of the HD with Drive Image, etc., and burn it to the DVD.  I just need to figure out how to make a DVD bootable.  

And, Crazy is right too, that I can use a second HD, boot with Ghost or PQMagic, copy to the new disk, and be done.  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  But in the age of booting with CDs, as in Bart's Way to make CDs with an OS on them, etc., why not come into the age of inexpensive DVD drives and discs that can do more?

I'm not going to give up on this yet.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
If you could figure out a way to load the drivers for the DVD, then you would be able to access it with an image utility and possibly ghost an image back to a replacement HD.  ( I will have to look into this.  If it isn't out there now, it may be a money maker.)  As far as making it bootable, it is also a driver issue, and should be able to be overcome.  Again, something to think about.  Sounds like a challenge.

One thing though.  I don't know anyone that has less than 15-20 Gb of data on their hard drives, and this would not be a good solution for them.  Better to make good backups.  I personally use an external USB/Firewire Hard Drive for my home systems and server for all my backups.  With these and an Automatic Recovery Disk, I feel rather safe.   (I also am running mirrors on my server, which I also feel good about.)  Backups can be scheduled too, and do not require near the trouble (overhead) as burning.

Hope someone comes up with a good answer for you as I would like to hear it also.  

RaybansTechnical ManagerCommented:
you need a Dos Driver for your DVD drive for read only.

SONY have one for there DVD drives which may work

NEC say they dont provide drivers for their drives directly
and to contact the vendor you got it from.
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Looks like we've lost interest in this project.  Excuse me for not reponding more quickly, but work continues -- lots of viruses found these days.  Why is that?

To answer some of the comments, the XP boot disk from with generic CD drivers work just fine to see the DVD drive, but, of course, you then can't see the NTFS drive.  Even the 1997 Oak driver sees the DVD with 2 plus Gb of data.  That is significant.  And neither the PC DOS (Ghost) nor DR DOS (PQMagic) can see NTFS.  I tried to create a boot DVD with the Ghost Boot PC DOS with Roxio 6.0, but it didn't boot.  There's a lot more to learn about this issue.  

The next idea seems to be to create a Ghost image of the HD, then burn it to a DVD.  Boot with Ghost's PC DOS, and then clone the new HD from the DVD.  And Crazy's note that you should use another HD.  Well, fine, except that a DVD+RW costs about $5 and a reasonably sized HD costs more than $50.  

There's always tomorrow.
RaybansTechnical ManagerCommented:
sysinternals have a tool that lets you read a NTFS partition from DOS, maybe it is work looking at
Using another hard disk becomes very cost affective over time. Burning images doesn't necessarily mean it will be restorable. DVD disk degradation and other negative attributes can rear their ugly head when you go to do a restore and find out you can't because something went wrong. Money isn't the issue here, reliability is. Cloning the hard drive to another hard drive is the most reliable and fasted means of backing up. Then after the cloning it is very easy to check if the cloning went ok by booting to the cloned disk and if it boots ok you know you have a good clone. Now you have affectively replicated the drive and you know the replication works and is reliable.

If you can get over the cost issue and hang your hat on the reliability issues using another hard drive makes more since. Believe me I have dealt with this issues for years and found the hardisk cloning the ultimate best solution other then being on a network and backing up to a network drive. I don't trust tapes, CD's or DVD's because they have a higher risk of failure then using an extra hard drive.
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Sorry I haven't kept close to this.  You know, work is the curse of the drinking class.

Craz is correct, of course.  But  I'm still hopeful that I can create a DVD boot disk.  I've looked at sysinternals, Fatal, and I need more time to deal with the info.  Can you guys bear with me for a while
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Sure, we will be around.  

jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
This question was asked on Nov. 26th and my last response was on Dec. 4th.  Is this a new policy of EE?  Well, OK.  This "old" question was answered, "I'd like to know too" by Fatal Attraction and No Way by Mr. Crazyone -- the No. 1 expert.  If nothing else comes after a couple of days, I'll be happy to award the points.

jbfstplkAuthor Commented:

I would like to do that as I'm not ready to give up on this.  But EE has changed so much, that I do not know how to do that.  Could you do it, or could you tell me how?

RaybansTechnical ManagerCommented:
create another question and place a web link in it to this question
jbfstplk also posted a link to Bart's . Bart has a new tool called "BartPE" which, according to his web site, allows you to create a bootable CD or DVD with Windows XP Home/Professional (or Windows Server 2003) and additional tools (there are predefined "plugins" for Nero, Ad Aware 6, McAfee, Ghost and many other programs but you can also create your own plugins).
Best of luck,
Er, sorry, I am not really awake yet and missed that you were jbfstplk yourself, not a third person ;). So, since you already know about Bart's site, you might already know about BartPE. But since it wasn't yet mentioned here explicitly I thought I'd mention it ;).
Good luck!
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:

Sorry, my keyboard doesn't let me use an acute or a circumflex, but I thank you anyway.  I emailed Bart with my question and have yet to hear from him.  I donated some money and hope he will come through.  I'm working on PE, but so far, I haven't been able to master it.

Joe Bfstplk  (Google it)
Hi Joe,
no problem about the é and ô, I'm used to worse (Jirome, Gerome etc., take your pick) ;).
I learned about BartPE recently reading a tutorial in the German computer magazine c't and am no expert in it, yet, but possibly I can help you mastering it. What exactly are your problems? That there is only an option for a CD ISO (this can be used for DVDs too, as long as the burning program can make bootable DVDs)? How to integrate programs in your customized boot CD that do not already have a predefined plugin? Also, I think that you have to have an XP Home or Professional CD with integrated SP 1 as a basis for BartPE. If you have a CD without SP1, you can integrate it via "Slipstream".
Or do you have other questions about building your custom ISO image?
A good source for help is the forum at
If you can understand German or know somebody who does, I could scan the c't tutorial for you.

Good luck and if you describe your problems in more detail, I hope we will be able to help you in your bootable DVD project!
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the comment.  I am currently working on BartPE at the office, and will have time tomorrow to continue -- perhaps to the point where I can ask an intelligent question.  Hang with me.  And yes, I have slipstreamed SP 1a to Bart's XP disk, and SP4 to his W2Kpro disk.  (I'm working on the difference between SP1 and SP1a with Sun Java loaded -- any thoughts?)

The Houston Astros have a pitcher who spells his name Jeriome  --  we are very limited in our use of other languages.  I had a girl friend who spoke German, but my wife probably would not like me contactiing her.

To include Java in BartPE you might want to check out the BartPE plugin described at .
LOL @ the comment about your wife not wanting you to contact your ex-girl friend ...
Jeriome is a new name to add to my list of variations of "Jérôme", haven't been addressed like that (yet) ;)


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jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
A lot of work, sale of the computer with the DVD -/+ RW drive, and now babysitting have kept me from moving on.  Thanks for the site at  Tomorrow I'll set up a new DVD burner and work with Bart' PE.

And Jeriome Robertson pronounces his name Jurr-a-me.  So much for spelling.
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Negative!  I even posted a new question pointing to this one, but no responses.  The new EE is not like the old one when there were fewer questions and the experts hung around longer.  I'm going to award the points to the last guy responding.

I guess that it is not possible yet.  Hard to believe.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Go ahead and paste the new post link here so we can follow it...  :)

what problems did you encounter with BartPE? Since there were no additional comments here, I assumed that all worked well or that you did not have time yet to further experiment with BartPE, but if you have specific questions, we'll see if we can all work it out together.
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
No, the new link pointed here, and no one seemed to notice.  I just haven't had the time to work with Bart's PE.  Remember that I emailed him with this question, wondering if he had written something on burning a DVD and never heard back.  My first glance at PE was that it was a network administrator's tool.  I hope we'll keep on working on this, guys.

jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
You know, this is strange -- I noticed that I had accepted an answer above, and had posted a new question pointing here, to encourage more folks to look at it.  But a couple of weeks later, the moderator wondered about progress.  I responded, and at least you two are still getting the stuff.

Perhaps we (maybe ME) need to know more about the rules and proceedures of the EE.
unfortunately, I wouldn't expect an answer from Bart, much as he undoubtedly appreciated your having donated via PayPal, if I understood you correctly. He still seems to work on BartPE and other projects a lot and if I understood it correctly, he expressed regret somewhere that this made it impossible for him to answer questions about BartPE mailed to him.
Also, I still do not understand fully what the problem with burning a bootable using BartPE is, according to his site and/or the forum (forgot which), you can use the generated CDROM-ISO to burn a bootable DVD, too, if your CD burning software supports this.
You're correct to say that BartPE was developed for admins, but not restricted to networks, and it can be used by anybody, such as people wanting to scan for viruses from a clean system, people trying to repair systems which do not boot anymore etc.
It is a tool to make a custom made (i.e., including other programs besides Windows) bootable CD or DVD based on Windows XP Home/Professional or Windows 2003 (and very possibly 2000). And I gathered that that was precisely what you wanted, correct me if I'm wrong, so I'd definitely suggest trying BartPE.
Good luck,
Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Never tried this product, but it looks easy enough...  Costs a little though..
jbfstplkAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, please hang iin.  The link is

I've dug deeper into Bart's Preinstallation Environment (whatever that is) and will try to use it to create a boot disk first, then a DVD next.  There is sure a lot of stuff out there, but not much for dummies like me.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
I don't quite understand it all either..  When you become the expert, perhaps you can show us how...  :)
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