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Busting An ISO File

Hello ,
  I have an ISO file I want to bust into a bootable disk. I have nero, Magic ISO, UltraISO.

I go to burn the iso and end up wasteing the disk because it just burns the image. I need to have it
burn to where I can boot form it instead of the image.

Could you please explain to me how I go about the procedure?

Thank You in Advance.
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DVation191Commented:
mathieu_cupryk,
To make the iso bootable, you need to load the boot image as well.
http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

hope this helps.
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cmwcs1Commented:
you can use UltraIso or even Alcohol 120% to open and view the image. i would just add the boot files, like command.com, etc., to the image file. that will fix the problem. can boot to a command prompt and run the executable.
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jhowelCommented:
Is this ISO supposed to be bootable and it's not bootable or does it contain some kind of data that you need to have access in a DOS-like environment?

This is not an easy question to answer as you've not posted what exactly you're trying to do.

As an example I'm going to assume that you're going to be booting into a DOS environment.

1) Extract the contents of your ISO image into a folder on your hard disk using Magic ISO.
2) Go to www.bootdisk.com and download a Windows98 boot disk.
3) Put a formatted 1.44mb floppy disk into your floppy disk drive and execute it. This will extract the contents of the disk onto the floppy.
4) Launch Nero and ensure that you're not using Nero Express and in the New Compilation dislog box, scroll down and select CD-ROM (Boot).
5) On the Boot tab ensure that the Bootable logical drive is selected and from the drop down menu select the Floppy disk drive.
6) Click the New button on the top right hand corner.
7) Now you will be taken to the browser window and you drag across the contents of the ISO image that you extracted in step 1 from the right-hand pane to either of the left-hand panes.
8) Once your happy, click the burn option.
9) The summary box will pop up, ensure Finalize CD is ticked and then click Burn.

You will now have a bootable CD that will emulate a bootable floopy disk and will boot into DOS and will allow access to the contents of the CD.

If you're trying, for example, to slipstream a windows XP boot CD then you can go to http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp for details on how to do that.

If this doesn't help you then you need to post more information about what exactly you're trying to do.
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mcv22Commented:
In my opinion dump the contents of the ISO to your hard disk.

Start Nero. Create a new compilation, scroll down and select CD-ROM (Boot) as the compilation type. On the right panel, click on the 'Boot' Tab, and click on the Image file checkbox. This should point to C:\Program Files\ ahead \Nero \DosBootimage.IMA or similar wherever Nero is installed. This loads up the default Nero boot image.

Then drag and drop the contents of the dumped folder into Nero as you normally do.

Hope this solves your problem
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kosmoraiosCommented:
All of the above answers, in my opinion, do not answer your question.

Open Nero, go to "Recorder" - > Burn Image

Select the ISO file
Nero will extract and burn it to disc. It will automagically be bootable.

GL
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mcv22Commented:
kosmoraios,

You probably didn't read the question properly... the ISO isnt bootable
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mathieu_cuprykAuthor Commented:
mcv22 how should I dump the contents of the file with the new nero?
Can I extract the ISO file and make a bootable cd all at the same time.
I will need a floppy? And how do I go about making this CD with the new Nero
6.0.

Thanks
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kosmoraiosCommented:
mathieu

Read my answer. It's quite easy. Recorder -> burn image

mcv22 - I believe he says that he boots from the image right now..
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DVation191Commented:
Hey guys I'm not sure the question is clear.

One of two things are happening here...
1. You are burning the .iso file incorrectly. If you use nero to create a data disc and put the .iso file on it and burn it, it will not work. You'll end up with nothing more than a copy of your .iso file on the CD. What you should be doing to properly burn an .iso (assuming the iso is bootable) depends on your version of Nero. If you use Nero SmartStart, you need to go to the "Copy and Backup" section and choose "Burn Image to Disc". This will prompt you for the iso file and when you burn it, the CD will have the contents of the iso file, not the iso file itself.
If you have an older version of nero, just fire up Nero Burning Rom and oo what kosmo suggested. Go to "Recoder" in the menu and choose "Burn Image"

2. You are burning the .iso file correctly but the iso file itself isn't bootable. If you load the iso into UltraISO you can then add a bootable image to the iso that will make it bootable. For instructions on how to do that you'd need to refer to the link in my original post.
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mcv22Commented:
>> mcv22 how should I dump the contents of the file with the new nero?

Go to Start > Control Panel > Nero ImageDrive. If you don't find it here, C:\Program Files\ahead\ImageDrive\ImageDrive.exe

In that, select > Enable first drive. This will add a virtual DVD drive to 'My Computer'. Then on the same screen, there will be an option to open/mount an image file. Click on that, and browse to the ISO file. Click on OK and your ISO file will be mounted to the virtual drive in My Computer.

>> Can I extract the ISO file and make a bootable cd all at the same time.
Yes, once the ISO is loaded in your virtual drive(virtual drive is just another drive like C: or D:), you can simply load its contents into a Nero compilation.

>> I will need a floppy? And how do I go about making this CD with the new Nero 6.0.
You will not need a floppy since you will be using Nero's inbuilt DosBootImage file. All you now need to do is carefully follow the steps in my original post to make the CD bootable using Nero.

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acompwCommented:
The BEST way that my users have discovered to burn iso images, is to use these application which is tightly integrated into Windows Explorer. The program is free and allows you to burn the image by right clicking the filename and selecting Burn ISO Image.

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm
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mathieu_cuprykAuthor Commented:
acompw can I extract the iso file with this program?

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kneHCommented:
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kosmoraiosCommented:
I think that my answer was sufficient and correct. I think I deserve the points, or that they should be split. Thanks!!

Kosmoraios
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DVation191Commented:
Nobody really knows exactly what the author was asking which therefor makes its fairly difficult if not impossible to determine who really had the correct answer.
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kneHCommented:
In that case a split would be fair.
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