Easy way to make a clean boot disk?

June 9, 2005 at 10:28:54
Specs: Windows 98 SE lite, PII_300 MHz_256 MB

Hi,

I have a Windows 98 SE boot floppy that I made about two years ago. I want to make a new one so that I can be sure that it is "clean." In other words, I want to make sure that I have a boot disk that hasn't been modified by a virus, worm, or other malware.

Is there a way to boot from a Windows 98 CD and make a boot disk without installing Windows? If not, is there some other way to accomplish this objective? I doubt that my computer is infected, but I'd rather assume that it is and play it safe.

Phil

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#1
June 9, 2005 at 11:07:57

Boot to MS-DOS and Put a new floppy disk in and put your Windows 98 CD in and type the following.
D:\Tools\mtsutil\Fat32ebd\Fat32ebd.exe

Keep in mind that D:\ is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive so if it is different change the drive letter to match your application.


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#2
June 9, 2005 at 12:31:32

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm


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#3
June 9, 2005 at 15:14:13

Thanks for the replies. I think I'll use the method that uses the Windows CD to make the boot disk. I see that as a much safer method since I know the chances that the files on the CD have been monkeyed with are pretty remote (basically impossible).

Phil


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#4
June 9, 2005 at 19:00:50

Many Win98SE CDs are bootable anyway...are you sure that your's is not?

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#5
June 9, 2005 at 22:42:26


Take Jam's advice. DL from bootdisk.com their win98sc and win98se. Free and worth every penny.



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#6
June 10, 2005 at 09:48:19

> Many Win98SE CDs are bootable anyway...
> are you sure that your's is not?

It probably is. But the question is what do they boot into? I thought that they are bootable so one can install Windows. Can one also boot up to a DOS prompt using a Win98SE CD?

Phil


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#7
June 11, 2005 at 08:40:48

Now I'm confused? I thought you wanted to be able to install Windows, not get to the DOS prompt?

Like I said, many Win98SE CDs are bootable, so all you'd have to do is go into the BIOS & change the boot order so that the CD-ROM is 1st, then boot off the CD & do the install.

If you need a boot floopy, I don't understand why you refuse to go to bootdisk,com & download the file from there? You don't actually download the bootdisk itself, you download a program that creates a bootdisk. Since you seem paranoid about getting a virus, do a virus scan on the file after you download it. Before you run the program, make sure your floppy disk is formatted & virus free, then run the bootdisk program you just downloaded. It will prompt you for the formatted floppy, then copy the files to the floppy & make it bootable. Then you can scan the newly created boot floppy for viruses again. After that, you should be good to go.

Personally, I've never gone thru these virus scanning steps. I recognize bootdisk.com as a reputable site that's been around for many, many years. Even though it's a free site, you simply won't stay in business if the product you're offering is infected.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

BTW, bootdisks from bootdisk.com use the letter "R" for the CD-ROM drive

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#8
June 11, 2005 at 13:40:03

> Now I'm confused? I thought you wanted
> to be able to install Windows, not get
> to the DOS prompt?

Nope. Although I might want to at some point.

My first post provided a pretty good clue as to what I am looking for:
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"Is there a way to boot from a Windows 98 CD and make a boot disk without installing Windows?"
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Actually, a bootable CD that boots up to DOS prompt and has a bunch of DOS utilities on it is an even better option than a boot floppy. You can fit a lot more on a CD, and since the CD is read-only there's little need to worry about accidently infecting it.

Phil

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