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Make a boot CD

How do I make a boot CD. When I run makeboot or makebt32 it asks for a floppy drive but the server doesn't have a floppy drive.

Is there a way of making the boot files and then burning them onto a CD ROM?????

Cheers,
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No - the 2000 CD is bootable so a boot CD would be pointless.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I assumed you were talking about boot disk to install and since you made ZERO mention of updates and patches, I didn't think you were talking about slipstreaming.  

IF you are talking about slipstreaming:

http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2000_xp_sp_slipstreaming.htm

If you want a boot disk for accessing an NTFS hard drive so you can remove bad files/troubleshoot a crash.
BartPE - available from:
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

Then be sure to get BOTH the driver add on and the software add on from:
http://www.ubcd4win.com/ (Overview)
http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm (direct downloads page link)
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gbarnes0990Author Commented:
Leew, cheers for your help. The problem I have is that one of the disks has failed int he server and I am trying to boot from the mirrored disk but it's not running the boot.ini file so I have no options to choose from it mearly just says "trying to boot from c drive". The disks are NTFS. The server is windows 2000 sp4. I have downloaded pebuilder and I will give that a go.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
BartPE should allow you to boot the system and edit the boot.ini.

It's important to provide details when asking questions - now I understand what you are trying to do and I don't have an otherwise simple answer.  

Try booting off the CD to the recovery console and running FIXMBR and FIXBOOT.

There is also a way to boot the hard disk install off a floppy and I THINK you can also do it with a CD, problem is I've never tried and I'm not sure where I'd even begin.

This is the boot floppy I'm talking about:
http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/ntboot/
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
As you probably know if you copy ntldr, boot.ini and ntdetect.com from a similar W2K SP4 server system to a floppy formatted in a Windows 2000 system (or use the prog. you mention) then it should boot and I wonder if you could then use that as the bootable part of a CD -- I believe when you create a bootable CD using Nero, CD creator etc. it asks for a floppy or small hard disc parition image to run as the bootable bit.  If it using a controller that needs a different driver to normal that might need to go on there too.

I assume the server is using software mirroring as otherwise the array controller would have taken care of the issue so you may just be able to switch the two discs around and then it will boot of the first disc.  It may not have the correct MBR on it or be marked as Active though which could stop it booting which leew's comments of fixmbr etc. should help.

How far does it get into the process BTW?
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
IMHO my solution is valid too -- swap the discs so mirrored disc is now first disc r make a boot floppy then use it to create a boot cd.  If one disc has failed then removing the failed one completely and acknowledging any BIOS messages sometimes works too as the second disc is then the first...

Steve
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gbarnes0990Author Commented:
I used Bart's boot disk int he end which worked perfectly. Cheers for you help guys.
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