CD Boot menu - CDshell - having trouble getting it to run gdisk to format my drive

Posted on 2007-11-30
Last Modified: 2008-04-26
I made a multiboot OS cd from the method but unfortunately its down off and on.  Anyhow see the post I pasted below.  I'm trying to get gdisk to run off of the cd.  I've tried batch files and .ima,.img files but it hasn't worked.  I don't believe you can just run dos commands from within cdshell.  From reading the site they want you to use isolinux memdisk - to load the image into a ramdisk.  Still with the recommended commands I can't get gdsik to work.  Any help is appreciated.

See below:

Well I went with the method and I have 210 boot folders and everything is working.  But something as simple as getting gdisk to run off of the boot cd I can't get to work.  I've tried to use isolinux to boot the gdisk image but I can't get that to work.  I'm using the CDshell method for my boot menu

Key 9 is what I'm working on now to run the gdisk.ima   All in all I just want to run a batch file that uses gdisk to format and partition the drive so I can then load the OS.  I'm open to other tools besides gdisk if I can get it to work here.  Thanks


print "\n"

print "Press Enter to boot from DVD... \n"

getkey 5 boot 0x80

if $lastKey == key[enter]; then goto time

# When no key found...

goto boot

# Function to display time of day


set hour = $timeHour

set ampm = "am"

if $timeHour > 12; then set hour = $timeHour - 12

if $timeHour > 12; then set ampm = "pm"

set time = "$hour:$timeMinute$ampm"

# Function to display date


set month = "n/a"

if $dateMonth == 1; then set month = "Jan."

if $dateMonth == 2; then set month = "Feb."

if $dateMonth == 3; then set month = "Mar."

if $dateMonth == 4; then set month = "Apr."

if $dateMonth == 5; then set month = "May."

if $dateMonth == 6; then set month = "Jun."

if $dateMonth == 7; then set month = "Jul."

if $dateMonth == 8; then set month = "Aug."

if $dateMonth == 9; then set month = "Sep."

if $dateMonth == 10; then set month = "Oct."

if $dateMonth == 11; then set month = "Nov."

if $dateMonth == 12; then set month = "Dec."

set date = "$month$dateDay,$dateYear"

# Printing the Interface


set textColor= color[grey on black]

set boldColor= color[cyan on black]



print c "\cXXAdvanced Multi-Boot DVD v1.7\n\n"

print l "\cXXPress \c0BF1 \cXXfor Help"; print r "\Steve Beckman 630-669-8900 \n"


print "1)  270 \n"

print "2)  290 \n"

print "3)  291 \n"

print "4)  293 \n"

print "5)  294 \n"

print "6)  297 \n"

print "7)  Nothing \n"

print "8)  Nothing \n"

print "9)  GDISK WIPE HARD DRIVE \n"

print "\n"

print "X)  More Options... \n\n"

print "Q)  Quit to Command Prompt \n"

print "R)  Reboot \n"


print c "\n"


getkey 20 boot 0x80

if $lastKey == key[1]; then goto 270

if $lastKey == key[2]; then goto XP_Home

if $lastKey == key[3]; then goto Server2003

if $lastKey == key[4]; then goto 2000

if $lastKey == key[5]; then memdisk /98SE.IMA

if $lastKey == key[6]; then memdisk /ME.IMA

if $lastKey == key[7]; then chain /NT4S.DAT

if $lastKey == key[8]; then chain /ERD1.DAT

if $lastKey == key[9]; then isolinux memdisk initrd=gdisk.ima

if $lastKey == key[q]; then end

if $lastKey == key[r]; then reboot

if $lastKey == key[x]; then goto MoreOptions

if $lastKey == key[F1]; then goto Help

if $lastKey == key[esc]; then boot 0x80

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if $lastKey == key[9]; then memdisk /GDISK.IMA

I guess it's in your CD root directory.

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thanks for the response.  Yeah you have to put it into the same folder as isolinux then it calls it.  I guess its not that big of a deal I solved the other 95% I'll just have to use my gdisk floppy is all.  Admins if you want to close this question feel free.   Nopius thanks for the comment

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